David K. Karnes

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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 United 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.