David Landis is Director of Urban Development for the city of Lincoln, a former Nebraska state senator, an award-winning teacher and a skilled negotiator in the public arena. Many of the over 391 bills he has passed in twenty-eight years in the Nebraska Unicameral were consensus measures forged by negotiation that brought contesting parties to agreement. Landis has brokered legislative agreements between labor and management, utilities and ratepayers, big banks and small banks, insurance companies and trial attorneys and other seemingly intractable foes.
Landis passed legislation to create a statewide network of mediation centers, establish a system for negotiated administrative rulemaking in state government, extend the use of arbitration to resolve disputes and create the state labor-management collective bargaining system.
His skill has been developed at training seminars at Harvard, MIT and the University of Illinois. Currently he teaches lawyers and graduate public administrators to negotiate at the University of Nebraska College of Law and the Department of Public Administration. Landis has three times been the Best Teacher award winner at Doane College. David presents and works with various institutions and organizations all over the United States.
Landis graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.A. (1970), Juris Doctor (1971), a Masters of Public Administration (1984), and a Masters in Regional and Community Planning (1995).