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Nick Niemann, J.D., CEPA


Nick Niemann began his business career helping

his family build, innovate, grow and manage their

various business interests in restaurants, super-

markets, real estate, ranching, farming, construction

and retail merchandising. 


Practice.  As a Nebraska based Succession Planning and Exit Planning Attorney, Nick works with business owners around the country.  Using the Fourth Quarter Game Plan™ which he designed and created, he works with business owners and their other trusted advisors to design and implement a specific plan to protect, innovate, grow and transition their companies to their successions.  He works with owners to achieve the personal, family, business and financial legacies they want to achieve.  His approach also helps preserve and enhance the continuity and growth of business activity and jobs for the community.


Experience.  Nick has advised business owners for over a third of a century.  He is a frequent speaker at national and regional business planning programs for business, industry and professional groups.


He has provided Succession and Exit Planning guidance for business owners in many business sectors.  These include Manufacturing, Business Services, Food & Beverage, Construction, Health Care, Agribusiness, Farm & Ranch, Real Estate, Distribution, Financial Services, Retail, Human Resources, Energy, Transportation, Franchise, Security, Consumer Services, Personal Services, Product Development, Technology Licensing, Leasing, Management and Education.


He has also provided Succession Planning and Exit Planning guidance for professionals in the fields of CPAs, Financial Planners, Insurance Advisors, Business Consultants, Investment Advisors, Environmental Specialists, Engineers, Attorneys, Architects, Physicians, IT Professionals and Real Estate Developers.


Peer Review.  Nick is highly respected within the legal community.  He has been selected to “Best Lawyers In America” as the first Nebraska attorney named for Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law.  He has an AV preeminent rating from the Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory – Preeminent (5.0 out of 5) (highest peer review rating for legal ability and ethical standards).  He has been awarded Lifetime Fellow status by the Nebraska State Bar.


Community.  When Nebraska was facing economic stagnation in 1986, the business community and legislative leaders looked to Nick to design a platform for the State of Nebraska to grow business throughout our communities.  Nick designed and drafted Nebraska’s game changing business growth legislation.  Basing the program on his understanding of company business models, his innovative programs have helped over 850 businesses to achieve long-term, sustainable growth while creating  over  100,000 new  jobs  and  $25  billion  new  capital investment throughout Nebraska.  This business growth and business owner succession platform has for over a quarter century continued to help Nebraska businesses to expand effectively exempt from Nebraska income and sales taxes.  His programs have also enabled thousands of Nebraska business owners to transition and exit their companies exempt from Nebraska capital gain taxes.  This has helped Nebraska to retain many of its top entrepreneurs in Nebraska as active participants in the Nebraska community.


Nick presently serves on the Headquarters Advisory Group for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.


Education and Certifications.  Nick graduated from Creighton University’s College of Business in 1978, summa cum laude, with a degree in accounting and has a CPA certificate.  He received his J.D. from Creighton’s School of Law in Nebraska in 1981, magna cum laude.  Nick is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA).  He has also served on the adjunct faculty of Creighton’s School of Law, teaching transition, succession and exit planning, taxation, business valuation and estate planning.


Family.  Nick first learned the ins and outs of business at the heels of his grandfather and father.  His grandfather opened his first corner grocery store in 1917.  Upon his death in 1969, he had already laid in a transition and succession plan to transfer his growing supermarket chain to Nick’s father and uncle.  They continued to operate and grow this business into a successful regional supermarket chain, operating across a variety of supermarket business models, including full service and discount formats (such as Cub Foods, County Market, Save-A-Lot).  In 1997, Nick’s father completed his successful transition and exit from Niemann Foods, Inc. and a number of other family businesses.  


In 1980 Nick married his college sweetheart, Ann Marie Forbes.  They were blessed with their first child in 1981.  They have been married for over 35 years and have 6 children and 14 grandchildren.


Professional Credentials

  • Business Enterprise Institute

  • Exit Planning Institute

  • Family Firm Institute

  • American and Nebraska Bar Associations

  • American Institute and Nebraska Society of CPAs

  • Financial Planning Association

  • National Center for Employee Ownership

  • Vistage International Trusted Advisor Board

  • Vistage International National Resource Speaker


Book Author

  • The Business Model Myth Solution

  • Business Model Generation (Co-Author)

  • The Next Move For Business Owners

  • The Next Move For Families

  • Exit On Your Terms



Nick Niemann has been featured in or on*:

  • ABC

  • Bloomberg Businessweek

  • CBS

  • The CW

  • Financial Planning Magazine

  • Fox News Channel

  • Market Watch

  • Midlands Business Journal

  • NBC

  • News Radio 1110 KFAB

  • Omaha World-Herald

  • Vistage International

  • The Wall Street Journal

  • Yahoo! Finance


* No claim is made here that these companies have endorsed Nick Niemann or McGrath North

McGrath North Law Firm


McGrath North is an Omaha-based

national law firm that offers its

clients a  comprehensive,  nationwide 

legal practice together with the integrity, personal attention and work ethic of a mid-sized midwestern firm.  The firm was founded over a half century ago and has grown into one of the largest law firms in Nebraska.


Nick provides his Fourth Quarter Game Plan Program services as an attorney with McGrath North from its Omaha, Nebraska offices.  He is a long time partner in the firm and has been with the firm since 1983.


In addition to business owner Succession Planning and Exit Planning, Nebraska based McGrath North offers clients a broad range of legal experience with expertise in virtually every area of law.  These areas include corporate and business law, general and specialized litigation, tax and estate planning, legislative/governmental regulations, marketing and advertising, antitrust, white collar criminal defense, employee benefits, environmental, health care, insurance, international, labor, intellectual property, commercial contracts and finance, mergers and acquisitions, site selection incentives and real estate.


McGrath North’s broad range of experience and expertise has made it the firm of choice for business leaders.  Its clients include Fortune 500 companies, small and mid-sized businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs from virtually every industry.

Resource Affiliations

BriefBack Business Institute

The BriefBack Business Institute LLC was founded

by Nick Niemann.  Based in Omaha, Nebraska, it

publishes guidance on the next moves which

business owners need to take to successfully

achieve their transition planning, succession planning

and exit planning goals.


The Institute’s name is derived from the U.S. military forces term, “briefback”, a written plan which outlines a specific proposed mission down to the last detail needed for a successful mission – including objectives, planning, implementation and exit.


Nick provides his Speaking Engagements and book publishing through BriefBack.


Business Enterprise Institute


The Business Enterprise Institute, based in

Denver, Colorado, is one of the leading

transition, succession and exit planning

organizations for advisors.  It

trains its members in the various

techniques and tools needed to

assist business owners in being

successful in building, transitioning

and exiting from their companies.


Nick Niemann is a long time

member.  He has also helped to

train its members during its annual

national programs.



Vistage International


Vistage is the world’s leading and largest Chief Executive organization.  Vistage works closely with its CEO members to outperform their peers in achieving sustainable growth.


Nick Niemann is a member of the Vistage

Trusted Advisor Board for the Omaha Vistage

CEO Boards.  He is also a Vistage National Resource Speaker.



Exit Planning Institute

The Exit Planning Institute, based in Chicago, Illinois,

is one of the leading transition, succession and exit

planning organizations for advisors.


Nick Niemann has earned his Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) credentials from the Institute.


Sellability Score





The Sellability Score was created by a team of research professionals led by John Warrillow, the bestselling author of Built to Sell:  Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You.  Using various statistical techniques including a factor, regression and correlation analysis, John’s team has created an algorithm that predicts the sellability of a company.


Nick is a Sellability Score Professional Advisor



Strategyzer allows team members to collaborate

to build business models, test numbers, and

sketch out new business ideas.


Nick is a member of Strategyzer.

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