Our Mission

Our mission here at Kissel, Kohout, ES Associates is to provide our clients with the best, most comprehensive government relations services the state of Nebraska has to offer. Fostering congenial, professional relationships with our clients allows us to know their needs inside and out, and it is then that we are able to use our extensive contacts within the state government to achieve the goals set forth by our clients. Our firm is bi-partisan, and willing to work with any and all stakeholders to ensure that our clients are the most satisfied in the state. 

 

Industries We serve

County Government

The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners We have represented the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners since 1994 at the time of the firm’s founding.  Since the beginning of our relationship we have worked to prevent unfunded mandates, updated statute to reflect the county’s growing population, stopped attacks on their revenue streams and other essential legislation to county operations.

The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners

We have represented the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners since 1994 at the time of the firm’s founding.  Since the beginning of our relationship we have worked to prevent unfunded mandates, updated statute to reflect the county’s growing population, stopped attacks on their revenue streams and other essential legislation to county operations.

City Government

United Cities of Sarpy County The United Cities of Sarpy County, an interlocal agreement between the five municipalities in Sarpy County – LaVista, Papillion, Springfield, Gretna and Bellevue – have been clients of the firm for nearly ten years.  These five cities comprise 100,000 of Nebraska’s 1.5 Million citizens.  Nebraska’s fastest growing municipalities have unique needs and are the future home to the Nebraska Multisport Complex and Facebook.

United Cities of Sarpy County

The United Cities of Sarpy County, an interlocal agreement between the five municipalities in Sarpy County – LaVista, Papillion, Springfield, Gretna and Bellevue – have been clients of the firm for nearly ten years.  These five cities comprise 100,000 of Nebraska’s 1.5 Million citizens.  Nebraska’s fastest growing municipalities have unique needs and are the future home to the Nebraska Multisport Complex and Facebook.

Railroad

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway When they were looking for additional representation in Nebraska, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company chose us.  With over 2,000 employees in the state, BNSF is one of Nebraska’s largest employers and landowners.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway

When they were looking for additional representation in Nebraska, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company chose us.  With over 2,000 employees in the state, BNSF is one of Nebraska’s largest employers and landowners.

Energy

Nebraska Municipal Power Pool, American Petroleum Institute, Enbridge Energy is one of our specialties.  We have represented a multitude of energy related clients and currently represent the Nebraska Municipal Power Pool, the American Petroleum Institute and Enbridge.  Local energy needs and governance, energy infrastructure and pipelines are among those issues that Nebraska faces in America’s energy renaissance.

Nebraska Municipal Power Pool, American Petroleum Institute, Enbridge

Energy is one of our specialties.  We have represented a multitude of energy related clients and currently represent the Nebraska Municipal Power Pool, the American Petroleum Institute and Enbridge.  Local energy needs and governance, energy infrastructure and pipelines are among those issues that Nebraska faces in America’s energy renaissance.

Beer Wholesalers

Independent and family owned beer wholesalers Nebraska’s locally,  independently and family owned beer wholesalers serve an essential role in Nebraska’s three tier system distributing choice and variety of beer from the largest to locally crafted beers – while having an overall economic impact on the state of over $500 Million per year, paying over $15 Million per year in excise taxes and employing over 800 people.

Independent and family owned beer wholesalers

Nebraska’s locally,  independently and family owned beer wholesalers serve an essential role in Nebraska’s three tier system distributing choice and variety of beer from the largest to locally crafted beers – while having an overall economic impact on the state of over $500 Million per year, paying over $15 Million per year in excise taxes and employing over 800 people.

Education

Ralston Public Schools and Kaplan Higher Education in Nebraska. In 2005, when facing a crossroads through an unprovoked takeover bid by a neighbor, Ralston Public Schools turned to Kissel, Kohout, ES Associates to protect and advocate for them.   The takeover bid was thwarted through legislative negotiations and the district protected its boundaries.   Similarly, when faced with an attack on their funding Kaplan Higher Education in Nebraska turned to the firm and funding was not redirected.

Ralston Public Schools and Kaplan Higher Education in Nebraska.

In 2005, when facing a crossroads through an unprovoked takeover bid by a neighbor, Ralston Public Schools turned to Kissel, Kohout, ES Associates to protect and advocate for them.   The takeover bid was thwarted through legislative negotiations and the district protected its boundaries.   Similarly, when faced with an attack on their funding Kaplan Higher Education in Nebraska turned to the firm and funding was not redirected.


Client Testimonials

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Joe Kohout has provided Ralston Public Schools with tremendous representation as our chief lobbyist.  Joe's integrity and approach to engaging the issues that are important to RPS have been critical in assisting our district in building relationships with legislators.  When Joe is speaking on behalf of Ralston I never question or worry what he is saying.  We are truly fortunate to have him on our RPS team!”  

Linda Richards
Vice President, Ralston Public Schools Board of Education   


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"Mayor Kindig and I have been very pleased with the lobbying services provided by Kissel, Kohout, ES Associates over the past 10 years.  When the United Cities of Sarpy County was formed in 2006, Joe Kohout was chosen to represent the coalition of cities.  Together, we have worked to create legislation that benefits our member cities and defeat legislation that would have inhibited our growth.    The folks at Kissel, Kohout, ES Associates have been an essential part of our team and integral to our successes."

Brenda Gunn
City Administrator, City of LaVista


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The team at Kissel, Kohout, ES Associates has worked for Nebraska's family-owned beer distributors for almost 10 years.   They have done an outstanding job representing us on issues relating to defeating tax increases, defending our position in the three-tier system and deciphering the political system for our members.  Together, we have protected an industry that provides 800 jobs across Nebraska, generates $16 Million in excise taxes and has an economic impact to the state of over $500 million."

Kristin Crawford
President & General Counsel, Associated Beverage Distributors of Nebraska


Where We Work

While much of our time is spent at the beautiful Nebraska State Capitol building, we do have offices in Nebraska’s two largest cities – Lincoln and Omaha.