John Kuhl has extensive expertise in direct dealings with the Texas Legislature and other local, state, and federal government entities. His work has impacted virtually every segment of Texas business and government. He is an expert in all aspects of government relations, lobbying, and campaign finance. With a detailed and tactical approach, he has played a pivotal role in developing the way modern lobbying is conducted in Texas.
Mr. Kuhl has also developed a significant urban development and public law practice, encompassing a multitude of different types of local, regional, and state government entities. In this respect, he has counseled and advised water districts, tax increment reinvestment zones, local government corporations, municipal management districts, special taxing districts, municipalities, counties, river authorities, and state agencies. He has also advised landowners, developers, and builders in the acquisition and financing of public utility infrastructure.
Prior to founding SKLaw with Sandy Sanford, Mr. Kuhl was an attorney with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins in the Public Law Section.
Mr. Kuhl’s broad background of government exposure includes service as chief of staff to former State Senator Bill Meier; legislative assistant to former State Representative Dean Cobb; committee clerk for the Subcommittee on Land & Water (Texas House Natural Resources Committee — chaired by former State Representative & Speaker Gib Lewis), executive assistant to former City of Austin Mayor Roy Butler; and campaign assistant to former Congressman J.J. (“Jake”) Pickle. He maintains a significant and active involvement in candidate elections and campaigns at all levels. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on the topics of Texas government and politics.
Mr. Kuhl was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Texas and a J.D. from the University of Houston. He served as Symposium Editor for the Houston Law Review, and authored Evidence in Texas Administrative Adjudication published in 15 Houston Law Review 682 (1978). He is a recipient of the Vernon Law Book Award and various American Jurisprudence Awards. He has served on the Board of Governor’s for the University Club of Houston. His honorary associations and fraternities include Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi, Greys Order, and Beta Theta Pi.
He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Mr. Kuhl has been actively involved with the Association of Water Board Directors, previously serving as an Advisory Board member. He also has served the Greater Houston Partnership as Chairman of the Lobby Subcommittee.