Attorneys & Staff

Jeffrey Jarecki

Jeffrey C. Jarecki


Jeff Jarecki has a diverse practice that allows him to meet his clients’ many different needs. Jeff is equally comfortable handling both transactional matters and litigation. Jeff is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation and is a past President of the Nebraska Land Title Association.

Jeff is a native of Northeast Nebraska where he graduated from Boone Central High School. Jeff went on to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science. He then attended the Creighton University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor with a concentration in business law.

Elizabeth J. Lay, Of Counsel


Elizabeth Lay’s practice is broad, allowing her to service an array of client needs. Elizabeth has experience in governmental and municipality law, employment law, litigation, estate planning and transactional law. Elizabeth is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association and the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. In addition, she has been appointed to and has served on numerous committees and task forces at the Local and State level.

Though Elizabeth is a native of Southeast Arkansas, she has claimed Nebraska as her home for 20 years. She attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Elizabeth attended the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas for her Juris Doctor Degree.

Katerine Sharp

Katherine E. Sharp


Katie Sharp’s practice is comprehensive, allowing her to serve a variety of clients’ needs. Katie has experience in litigation, estate planning, and family law, as well as transactional law. Katie is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, and Order of the Barristers.

Katie is a native of Fullerton, Nebraska, where she graduated from Fullerton High School. She then attended Nebraska Wesleyan University where she graduated with high distinction with a Bachelor of Arts. Katie attended the University of Nebraska College of Law and earned her Juris Doctor with a concentration in litigation.

Heather Kohtz

Heather K. Kohtz


Heather Kohtz is a native of Albion, Nebraska, having graduated from Albion High School. She earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration from Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska, and then went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal Studies from Chadron State College, graduating magna cum laude. She became a Registered Abstracter in 2000 and a licensed Title Agent in 2013. Heather is also a member of the Land Title Association.

Kate Chlopek

Office Manager

Kate Chlopek is originally from Gering, Nebraska and relocated to eastern Nebraska in 2018. With a diverse resume ranging from vendor compliance to the arts, plus 5+ years of experience in corporate management, leadership training and team building, Kate offers a blend of efficiency and creativity that benefits our attorneys, assistants and clients.

Sandra M. Christo


Sandy was born and raised in Schuyler, Nebraska, having graduated from Schuyler Central High School.  She went on to attend Creighton University, before starting and raising a family.  During that time, she was also actively involved in her community, having served on the local school board, high school foundation board, her church’s parish council and the county extension board.

Sandy has worked as a legal assistant in law offices in Schuyler and Columbus for 30+ years.  She brings a wide range of experience as support staff in the legal field, and is dedicated to providing the best legal service to the firm’s clients.

Sarah M. Seda


Sarah Seda was born and raised in Spalding, Nebraska, graduating from Spalding Academy in 2006.  She earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Regular and Special Education with a minor in Coaching from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Sarah assists attorneys in the office with meeting client’s needs.

Kaylee Merten


Kaylee was born and raised in Albion, Nebraska, and is a 2005 graduate of Boone Central High School. Her work experience ranges from customer service, management, and design. Kaylee is an active member of the community and loves working with people. She assists the attorneys with various matters and relays communications from our clients.

Renee Classen – Assistant, Jarecki Maul P.C., L.L.O.

Renee Classen


Renee Classen was raised in Lindsay Nebraska, and is a 2014 graduate from Lindsay Holy Family school. She received her Associates of applied science degree for administrative assistance from Northeast Community College. Her work experience ranges from customer service to working in banking.