About Us


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 Succession Planning and Exit Planning services as an attorney with McGrath North from its Omaha, Nebraska offices.

Nick Niemann is a long time partner in the firm.  He 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 the law.  These areas include corporate and business law, general and specialized litigation, tax and estate planning, legislative/governmental regulation, 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.






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.



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 program.




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.



 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. 



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 algorthm that predicts the sellability of a company.

Nick is a Sellability Score Professional Advisor.


Business Owners and Advisors:  To sign up for our complimentary e-Newsletter, please contact Nick's assistant, Joan.  Click here.



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Nick Niemann began his business career helping his family build, innovate, grow and manage their various business interests in restaurants, supermarkets, 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 Next Move ProgramTM 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 successors.  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 quarter 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 consumer product manufacturing, industrial manufacturing, business services, food and beverage, construction, engineering, health care, agribusiness, real estate, distribution, financial services, retail, human resources, franchise, and consumer services.

He has also provided successoin planning guidance for professionals in the fields of CPAs, Financial Planners, Insurance Advisory, Business Consultants, Investment Advisory, 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" 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) (the 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 Target 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 34 years and have 6 children and 14 grandchildren.

• Business Enterprise Institute
• Exit Planning 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

The Next Move For Business Owners
The Next Move For Families
Exit On Your Terms
The Business Model Myth Solution

• U.S. - Vistage CEO Boards
• Denver–BEI National Conference
• Kansas City–MOKAN Regional Conference
• Las Vegas – MRI Global Conference
• Dallas – AAFD National Conference
• Omaha–Great Plains Regional Conference
• Charlotte–McDonald’s National Conference
• Omaha–Home Instead National Conference
• Scottsdale-M Financial National Conference
• Omaha - ASWA Regional Conference
• Orlando-COST National Conference
• Iowa City-Iowa Bar Association Program
• Portland-Estate Planning Council of Portland Conference
• Atlanta-RETSO Refocus Conference
• Nebraska Bar Association
• Nebraska Society of CPAs
• Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce
• Nebraska Chamber of Commerce
• Financial Planning Association of Nebraska
• Society of Financial Service Professionals (Omaha Chapter)
• Society of Financial Service Professionals (Lincoln Chapter)
• University of Nebraska - Omaha
• Creighton University
• Tax Executive Institute


Nick Niemann provides several programs (for breakfast, lunch or dinner meetings or as an event keynote speaker) and workshops (for CEO groups and for company strategic planning teams) to business, association, civic and community groups around the country.  These cover transition, succession and exit planning for business owners and business model innovation for company visionaries and game changers.  These include, for example:
• "The Fourth Quarter Game Plan - A Better Way To 
    Address Business Owner Succession And Pre-Exit

• "Break It and Make It - How To Successfully
    Transform Your Business Model
• "Overcoming The 12 Reasons Business Owners

"The Next Move For Business Owners".

Nick is a member of the National Speakers Association.  Nick is also an approved National Resource Speaker for Vistage International.  Vistage Boards can schedule Nick for the Business Model workshop through their Vistage Chair.

Other companies and organizations can schedule Nick for a speaking engagement, or can obtain more information, by contacting Nick's assistant, Joan, at (402) 633-1496.


Nick has been featured in a variety of publications, including:
• Wall Street Journal  
• Financial Planning Magazine 
• Omaha World Herald
• Midlands Business Journal
• Vistage International


    Nick Niemann
    McGrath North Law Firm
    1601 Dodge Street, Suite 3700
    Omaha, NE 68102
    (402) 633-1489
    To contact Nick via email, click here.

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