Ferdinand E. Niemann IV


Direct: 816.502.4745

Ferd is an economic development attorney with a unique mix of private and public sector experience. In addition to his legal background Ferd has a degree in Finance and an MBA, aiding him in the private sector in building a real estate investment company. For over five years Ferd served his community at Jackson County in a variety of positions in the Administration, Economic Development, and Assessment departments. Through his experience analyzing deals and sitting on Tax Increment Financing Commissions, Ferd has a critical eye for solving problems and navigating the government processes. Ferd’s role in government relations and his involvement in Jackson County’s mass transit initiative, including serving on MARC’s Total Transportation Policy Committee, allows him to work in a variety of dimensions of local government. Serving as Jackson County’s Director of Assessment gave him greater insights into the valuation of personal and real property, as well as experience with assessment levies and the handling of property tax appeals. His various positions at Jackson County honed Ferd’s skills in analysis, project and people management, and putting deals together.

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Legal Services

  • Economic Development Incentives
  • Public Finance
  • Property Tax Assessments and Appeals
  • Redevelopment
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Real Estate Development and Tax Incentives


  • Rockhurst University, B.S.B.A., with honors
  • Rockhurst University, MBA, with honors
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Missouri, 2014
  • State of Kansas, 2015
  • State of Colorado, 2016

Legal Associations & Memberships

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association


Co-Author: "Declaring Blight: A Guide for Government Officials." , Missouri County Record, Spring 2016

Co-Editor: "Missouri Economic Development Law", University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Press

Co-Editor: "Missouri Land Use Law and Practice", University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Press

Civic Involvement

  • Former Jackson County Director of Assessment
  • International Association of Assessing Officers, former Missouri Director
  • Former Jackson County Director of Economic Development
  • Former Jackson County Deputy Director of Government Relations
  • Kansas City TIF Commission, past Commissioner
  • Independence TIF Commission, past Commissioner
  • Lee's Summit TIF Commission, past Commissioner
  • Blue Springs TIF Commission, past Commissioner
  • Raytown TIF Commission, past Commissioner
  • Grandview TIF Commission, past Commissioner
  • Mid-America Regional Council's Total Transportation Policy Council, past Board Member
  • Urban Land Institute, Member and Co-Chair of Young Leaders Group
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), Designee and Member
  • Kansas City Real Estate Investment Association, former Member
  • FINRA Series 6 and 63 Licenses, former licensee
  • Rockhurst University KC Alumni Advisory Council, former board member
  • Pi Kappa Alpha Kansas City Alumni Board, former Board Member
  • Band of Brothers Men’s Ministry, former Coordinator/President
  • City On A Hill Young Adult Ministry, former Board Member
  • Catholic Challenge Sports, former Board Member
  • Knights of Columbus, Third Degree Knight
  • Big Brothers Big Sister Kansas City, Big Brother
  • Beta Gamma Sigma, alumnus




White Goss Client Experience

  • Briarcliff Development Company
  • Carlyle Van Lines, Inc.
  • CBS Outdoor, Inc.
  • Christie Development Associates LLC
  • City of Belton, Missouri
  • City of Chillicothe, Missouri
  • City of Gladstone, Missouri
  • City of Liberty, Missouri
  • Columbia Mall TDD
  • Commerce Bank, N.A.
  • CUNA Mutual Insurance Society
  • Development District Association, Inc.
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Freightquote.com, Inc.
  • Harley Davidson Motor Company
  • Heartland Apartment Association
  • Highwoods Properties
  • Home Builders Association
  • Hunt Midwest Enterprises, Inc.
  • Jackson County Sports Complex Authority
  • James Stowers III
  • Kansas City Life Insurance Company
  • Lamar Company
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • M D Management, Inc.
  • Master Realty Properties, Inc.
  • McBride & Son Homes Kansas City, LLC
  • Murphy-Hoffman Company
  • North American Savings Bank
  • Pinnacle Bank
  • Platte County Economic Development Council, Incorporated
  • Price Brothers Management Company
  • Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
  • Tower Properties Company
  • Union Bank and Trust Company
  • Valley View State Bank
  • Village of Four Seasons, Missouri
  • Zona Rosa Development, LLC