David K. Karnes: Lawyer with Kutak Rock LLP

David K. Karnes

Of Counsel
Omaha,  NE  U.S.A.
Phone(402) 231-8767

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Practice Areas

  • General Governmental
  • Business and Corporate
  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Banking Legislative Matters
  • Banking Operations
  • Directors' and Officers' Liability
  • Structural/Corporate Regulatory
  • Corporate Governance
  • Tax Credits
  • Corporate and Securities
  • International Law
  • Grains
  • Real Estate
  • Feeds
  • Oils
  • Inputs
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits and Tree Nuts
  • Government Contracts
  • Corporate and Regulatory Compliance
  • Insurance -- Government Relations
  • Government Relations
  • Representation of Limited Partners and Other Investors
  • Alternative and Renewable Energy
  • EB-5 Finance
University University of Nebraska, B.A., cum laude, 1971
Law SchoolUniversity of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., 1974
Admitted1974, Nebraska and U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska; 1983, U.S. Supreme Court; 1998, District of Columbia
BornOmaha, Nebraska, December 12, 1948

Mr. Karnes is a former United States Senator from Nebraska and works out of the firm's Washington, D.C. and Omaha offices. He focuses his practice on banking, general corporate law, governmental relations, federal legislative and regulatory law and international law. At the federal level, his governmental practice involves health care, defense, banking, agriculture, appropriations and a wide range of other domestic Congressional matters.

•During his Senate tenure, he served as a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and the Small Business Committee.
•Served as a member of the domestic policy staff of the White House, senior official of the Untied States Department of Housing and Urban Development and counsel to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board - Washington, D.C.
•Served as a member of the U.S. Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.
•Served as Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of the $30 billion Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka.
•Served as a White House Fellow.


•International Trade At A Crossroads: The Role of International Trade Law and International Institutions in the Post Uruguay Round Era,Nebraska Law Review, Vol. 71, No. 2, pg. 438, 1992.
•Preserving the United States Poison Control System,Journal of Clinical Toxicology, May 2011.


August 25, 2011Agribusiness Law CLE 2011


Government Service

•United States Senator
•White House Domestic Policy Staff
•Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Secretary of Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C.
•Counsel to Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Washington, D.C.
•Chairman, Tenth District Federal Home Loan Bank


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David K. Karnes

1650 Farnam Street
OmahaNE 68102-2186


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