Parsonage Vandenack Williams LLC
Attorneys at Law Licensed in Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan,
South Dakota, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, and Missouri

Kermit A. Brashear


Of Counsel


In over 45 years of private practice, Kermit Brashear has served as general and special counsel to a number of entities, advising board of directors and management, negotiating mergers and acquisitions, handling workouts and restructurings, conducting significant litigation and providing general representation.  In addition, he assists individual clients requiring business succession ownership plans, and personal estate planning.

From 1979 through 1989, Kermit served as the managing partner of, first, a regional and, then, a national law firm.  From 1990 to 2016 he was equity partner of an Omaha firm.  His experience is extensive in supervising the provision of legal services, and in managing organizations and people.  He has had primary responsibility for several multimillion dollar divestitures, liquidations and dissolutions involving multiple locations nationally.

Periodically from 1977 through 1990, Kermit acted on special assignment as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Nebraska responsible for the defense of class action litigation.  He has served as counsel to a number of charitable, educational and religious organizations on a local, state and national basis.  Active in civic affairs, he is an officer, director or trustee of a number of corporations, foundations and organizations.

Kermit is a past State Chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party, and a past member of the Republican National Committee.  He was the second place finisher in the 1986 Republican primary election for Governor of the State of Nebraska.

In 1994, Kermit was elected to the Nebraska Legislature from Omaha.  His service was part time as a citizen member of the only one house unicameral legislature in the nation.  He continued to maintain his full time practice of law.  From 1994 through 1996, Kermit was a Member of the Appropriations Committee.  From 1997 through 2005, he was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and a member of the Education Committee, the Committee on Committees and the Legislative Council.  In 2005, Kermit was elected Speaker of the Legislature.

Kermit, a graduate of the University of Nebraska and its College of Law, is a member of the Bars of Nebraska, Colorado and the State Bar of Texas, as well as the Bars of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court and several United States Courts of Appeal and United States District Courts.  From 1969 until he resigned in 1992, Kermit was a member of the American Bar Association.  In 1989, he was selected a Fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation.

Practice areas

  • Business law
  • Business Reorganization
  • General Practice
  • Trust Administration
  • Trial Practice


  • Nebraska Supreme Court (1969)
  • United States District Court, District of Nebraska (1969)
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit (1976)
  • United States Supreme Court (1976)
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit (1982)
  • United States Tax Court (1982)
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (1987)
  • Texas Supreme Court (1994)
  • United States District Court, District of Texas (1994)
  • Colorado Supreme Court (1996)
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona (1995)
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado (1996)


Professional associations and memberships

  • Nebraska Community Corrections Council, Chair (2001-09)
  • Nebraska Unicameral Legislature (1995-2007)
    • Speaker of the Legislature (2005-2006)
    • Committee on Committees (1999-2006)
    • Chairman, Judiciary Committee (1997-2005)
    • Member, Education Committee (1997-2005)
    • Member, Legislative Council (1995-2006)
    • Member, Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee (1997)
    • Member, Appropriations Committee (1995-1997)

Community memberships, organizations, and activities

  • The Lutheran Home & Foundation
    • President (2003-)
    • Board of Directors (2003-)
  • Chair, "Share the Hope" Campaign, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (1993-1995)
  • President & Director, Lutheran Ministry Foundation (1987-)
  • Candidate, Republican Nomination for Governor, State of Nebraska (1986)
  • Board of Trustees, Brownell-Talbot Preparatory School (1986-1995)
    • Vice Chairman (1992-1995)
    • Chairman, Annual Sustaining Fund Drive (1986-1987)
  • Board of Directors, Lutheran  Medical Center (1986-1987)
  • Member, Republican National Committee (1983-1985)
    • Rules Committee (1985)
  • State Chairman, Nebraska Republican Party (1983-1986)
  • Lutheran Tape Ministry, Inc., Co-Founder (1971)
    • President, Board of Directory (1971-1980)
    • Treasurer (1978-1980)
  • Pacific Hills Lutheran  Church (1969-)
    • Chairman, Campus Ministry Committee (2003-2004)
    • Chairman, Vision 2001 Committee (1999-2001)
    • Chairman, Youth Ministry Task Force (1986-1987)
    • Personnel Committee (1980-1983)
    •      Chairman (1980-1982)
    • Advisory Board (1976-1979, 1981)
    •      Chairman (1979)
    • Board of Elders (1971-1973) (1991-1993)
    •      Chairman (1973)
    • Board of Directors (1974-1976)
    •      Chairman (1976)
    •      President (1975
    •      Vice President (1974)
    •      Secretary (1970-1972)
  • Board of Directors, The Nebraska District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (1980-1994)
    • Chairman, Personnel Committee (1980-1994)
  • Parliamentarian, Nebraska District Convention, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (1980-1982)
  • General Counsel, The Nebraska District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (1979-)
  • Lutheran Church Extension Fund Board of Directors (2001-2007)
  • Commission on Constitutional Matters of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (1982-1986)
  • Chair, Concordia University, Nebraska Library Funding Campaign (1977-1980)




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