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David L. Bracht

Of Counsel

Former Nebraska Director of Energy, David advises clients in agriculture and renewable energy on corporate, finance, and regulatory issues.

David has more than 35 years’ experience in business, government and law, including senior management experience in private industry and federal and state government agencies. He advises clients focused on energy efficiency projects and on renewable energy projects including biofuels, biomass, solar and wind energy, as well as lenders and vendors to the energy sector. David also works with producers and agribusinesses involved in production, processing and sale of agriculture products, along with lenders, insurers and other firms supporting agriculture and food industries. Based on his multiple government appointments, David also represents firms obtaining permits and otherwise interacting with federal, state and local government agencies and regulators.

Previously, David was appointed Director of the Nebraska Energy Office by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts in January 2015. He was a member of the Governor's Cabinet and principal adviser on energy policy, managing agency operations including administration of annual grants of $6 million, a revolving loan energy loan program with $48 million in assets, and State Energy Program activities and various energy efficiency and renewable energy grant programs. He served as Director until August 1, 2018 and then re-joined Kutak Rock after having practiced with the firm from 1997 to 2000. David also previously held senior management positions with USDA agriculture credit and insurance regulators during the administration of President George H.W. Bush, as well as with private industry in banking, insurance and risk management.


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