Mr. Kuehn believes that working with government is like playing golf: you play the game the way the course is laid out and don't call the greens keeper to complain about the location of the sand traps. He, for several decades, has worked with clients who have the persistence essential to successfully "petition the government" to amend a statute or administrative rule. Some of these client projects need only agency attention while others involve the entire Legislature and the Office of the Governor.
He understands that often appointed and elected officials don't have the time to sort out all of the facts needed to resolve the issues important to our clients. As a result we often offer a design for legislation or rule, prepare the debate outline, negotiate with other interest groups and make the accommodations necessary to get a bill/rule/agency guidance that will be recognized as a balanced approach to an issue.
Ron began his career at Dewitt Ross & Stevens upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1971. Early in his career he directed his practice into business law and after a few years expanded to government relations. Today, he works almost exclusively in state and federal government relations primarily in Madison and to a lesser extent, in Washington, D.C.
Nearly half of Kuehn’s client base is affected by three major areas of state and federal environmental areas of regulation—air, water and solid waste. The other half of his representation of client interests is more diverse and includes: insurance, biotechnology and manufacturing.
Nearly all of Ron Kuehn’s clients are registered as “principals” with: the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board; the U.S. House of Representatives; the U.S. Senate. Client contact information is provided with all of these registrations. Any person or entity who is interested in evaluating his work should consider contacting any of these principals, from these government-filed registrations. In the alternative, Ron would be pleased to provide references specific to the inquiry.
Every client’s interests deserve, and receive, our full and equal attention.
Articles & Presentations
Although the author of occasional articles specific to a client’s interest, Mr. Kuehn’s area of practice generally recommends against being a prolific author. Likewise, his speaking engagements, although frequent, are almost always for an audience whose interests are very issue specific—and not meant for the general public or media.
Ron has received a few national, regional and other awards during his professional career. He also was honored to represent the University of Wisconsin as an athlete during his undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin. The only specific awards that he would prefer to mention in this biography are three fly fishing world records—long since broken by several superior fishermen. He would like to receive an award some day for one of his watercolors.
Mr. Kuehn has made a career of representing many professional, business, industrial and agricultural organizations—he has applied nearly equal zeal to not joining any organizations.