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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 over twenty-five 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 and numerous scrap processing facilities in southern Michigan.
Professionally, Tom is rated an “AV PreeminentTM”* attorney based on Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings. He is involved in the community and currently serves on the boards of the St. Thomas More Society of Fort Wayne and the Northeast Indiana Scholarship Granting Organization. Tom previously served on the board of trustees of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, where he also served as President; has served on the board of directors of the Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House, where he served as President; has served on the board of directors of the Three Rivers Festival, where he served as President and also previously served on 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 United States 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.