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Thomas Niezer focuses his practice on real estate law, land use planning, and real estate finance law, with a dual emphasis in commercial transactions and residential real estate development, sales, and purchases. He also focuses on eminent domain actions representing municipalities and individual property owners on public roadway and utility projects and business transactions for small to medium sized businesses.
With 30 years of experience, Tom has represented real estate development clients before planning commissions, boards of zoning appeals, local engineering, surveying, traffic, utility, and storm water governmental departments. He has worked with clients in real estate acquisitions, sales, leasing, and construction matters.
Some of Tom’s representative transactions include being the zoning and development counsel for the following projects:
- Canyon Cliffs: a 22-lot residential development in northwest Allen County
- Whisper Rock: a 197-lot subdivision in northwest Allen County
- Inverness Center: 120-acre multi-use development in southwest Allen County
- Vera Bradley Industrial Park
- St. Joe Place: privately owned and operated student housing complex
- Ridgewood Medical Park
- Numerous scrap processing facilities in southern Michigan
Professionally, Tom is rated an AV ® Preeminent™ attorney based on Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings and was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 publication for real estate law. He is involved in the community and currently serves on the board of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and the advisory board of the Northeast Indiana Scholarship Granting Organization. Previously, Tom served on the board of trustees of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, where he also served as president; the board of directors of the Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House, where he served as president; served on the board of directors of the Three Rivers Festival, where he served as president; the board of directors of the Fort Wayne Neighborhood Housing Partnership, where he served as president; and the Bishop Dwenger High School Board of Education, where he served as president. Tom was recognized as an “Everyday Star” by the Parkview Foundation Muriosity® project.
Tom received his B.A. in 1982 from Wabash College and his J.D. in 1986 from the University of Dayton School of Law. He is admitted to practice before the Indiana state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.
* AV ® Preeminent™ is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. The AV rating is a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.