Niemann announces candidacy for Illinois State Bar Association Area VI Board of Governors

Ted Niemann

Ted Niemann | Photo courtesy of Ted Niemann

QUINCY — Attorney Ted Niemann has announced his candidacy for the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Area VI Board of Governors seat.

Niemann has practiced law for more than 40 years with the law firm of Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu and Mitchell LLP and has been an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association for more than 40 years.

In a press release, Niemann said, “I’m humbled by the notion that I may have the opportunity to serve on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Board of Governors as a representative of its Area VI.”

Area IV includes the Illinois 7th, 8th and 9th judicial circuits. The Board of Governors is the ISBA’s governing body. The board has not had an Adams County-based member for more than 50 years. Running against Niemann are Ted Graham of Springfield and Gregory Moredock of Springfield.

If Niemann is elected, he pledges to focus on issues important to downstate attorneys such as the significant lack of attorneys in many communities located south of Interstate Highway 80. This “attorney desert” adversely affects attorneys’ abilities to service clients and people’s ability to access legal services.

As an ISBA Area VI Board of Governors member, Niemann will be representing member attorneys in 20 counties in western and central Illinois. The voting district is bounded on the north by Knox County, on the east by Sangamon County, on the south by Calhoun, Jersey, and Macoupin counties and the west by Adams and Hancock counties.

The board advocates for the legal profession, promotes the administration of justice and provides resources and services to ISBA members in the region.

Niemann is committed to improving ISBA services to rural downstate attorneys, such as offering timely and relevant seminars and newsletters, attorney networking opportunities, referral services and mentoring.

Niemann believes he is positioned to fill this role on the ISBA Board because he has chaired the ISBA’s statewide Real Estate Law Section Council twice, serving as a member of this committee for more than 25 years. He is currently a member of the ISBA Assembly.

“I believe my ISBA involvement shows my dedication to representing the West Central Illinois region,” Niemann. “Throughout my career, I have been committed to serving the legal community and advocating for the needs of Illinois lawyers. I believe my extensive experience and deep understanding of the legal landscape will allow me to effectively represent the diverse interests of attorneys in Area VI while serving on the ISBA Board of Governors.”

Niemann’s legal practice focuses on a variety of areas such as real estate, commercial, banking, corporate, estate planning and administration, agriculture and debt collection law.

Niemann is an alum of DePaul University-College of Law and the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. He is a member of the ISBA, the ISBA Assembly, the ISBA Real Estate Law Section Council, and the Adams County Bar Association. He is past president of the Adams County Bar Association and Quincy Regional Crime Stoppers.

He was the recipient of the 2023 ISBA Matthew Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award. On behalf of the ISBA, he has written numerous newsletter articles, and organized and presented at a myriad of real estate-based seminars. Learn more about Niemann at his firm’s website at www.srnm.com.

Niemann encourages ISBA members in Area VI (Circuits 7, 8 and 9) to learn more about his candidacy and cast their votes in the upcoming election by accessing the Illinois State Bar Association website at www.isba.org. The election runs from March 27 to April 30.

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