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Tom Niezer has over 30 years of experience in real estate law and land use law. He regularly works with regional economic development corporations and helps businesses negotiate and secure local and state public benefit subsidy award. He has represented non-profit development organizations who partner with local development agencies and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation for purposes of targeted redevelopment initiatives or the establishment of new manufacturing or other facilities with job-creation incentives that require utilization of federal and state tax credit funding, Indiana regional city funding, Indiana Community Revitalization Enhancement District (CReED) funding and multiple sources of local funding. Tom currently serves on the board of directors and is the secretary for the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, whose mission is to provide economic development support of the 11 county region comprising northeast Indiana.
Professionally, Tom is rated an AV® Preeminent* attorney based on Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings. He has been selected for inclusion since 2017 in the Best Lawyers in America® publication and was recognized in the 2021 publication as "Lawyer of the Year", Fort Wayne in the area of real estate law. He is actively involved in the community as a board member of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and a member of the advisory board of the Northeast Indiana Scholarship Granting Organization. Tom has also served as a member of the board of directors for the Home Builders Association - Fort Wayne, and has served as a board member and president of the Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House, Three Rivers Festival, Fort Wayne Neighborhood Housing Partnership, Fort Wayne Museum of Art and Bishop Dwenger High School Board of Education. Tom was recognized by Bishop Dwenger High School as the 2020 Alumnus of the Year and 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 Courts 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.