About Nate Nieman

Nate Nieman is a trial and appellate lawyer whose practice focuses on criminal defense, collateral matters, and appeals. Mr. Nieman particularly enjoys representing criminal defendants in post-trial matters, whether in post-trial motions, post-conviction petitions, or on appeal. Mr. Nieman began his career in the Dekalb County Public Defender’s office and the Office of the State Appellate Defender Third District before entering private practice in his hometown of the Quad Cities. Mr. Nieman practices state-wide in Illinois and Iowa’s state and federal trial and appellate courts. While his main office is centrally located in Rock Island, IL, Mr. Nieman has satellite offices in Chicago and Des Moines for the convenience of his clients.
Mr. Nieman has published widely on various criminal defense topics. Mr. Nieman has written several articles on criminal law and procedure for the Northern Law Blog and several articles on criminal appellate procedure for the The Brief, which is published by the Illinois Appellate Lawyer’s Association. Mr. Nieman has also published articles in the Illinois Bar Journal, the Kane County Bar Briefs, and the ISBA’s Traffic Law and Courts newsletter. PDFs of these articles are found below. Mr. Nieman also publishes the Illinois Post-conviction Blog, which provides timely reporting and analysis of recent decisions involving Illinois post-conviction cases. Mr. Nieman frequently provides training to other attorneys on post-conviction law and procedure in Illinois and Iowa. 
  • “Harassment Statutes After People v. Cardamone: Lowering the Bar for Conviction but Raising Constitutional Questions,” Kane County Bar Briefs 38 (June 2010). Read Full PDF >>
  • “New Duties for Criminal Defense Counsel After Padilla v. Kentucky,” Kane County Bar Briefs 30 (February 2011). Read Full PDF >>
  • “New Grounds for Challenging Red Light Tickets After PA 96-1016 and Melendez-Diaz,” ISBA Traffic Law & Courts (March 2011). Read Full PDF >>
  • “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and Plea Bargaining in Illinois,” Illinois Bar Journal (March 2019). Read Full PDF >>


  • “Post-conviction Basics,” Rock Island County Bar Association Spring Seminar, June 10, 2016
  • “Post-conviction Basics,” Apex CLE, April 11, 2019
  • “Nuts and Bolts of Post-conviction Procedure,” Office of the State Appellate Defender, December 6, 2019
  • “Nuts and Bolts of Post-conviction Procedure,” Lake County Public Defender, December 10, 2019
  • “Iowa Post-conviction Basics,” Scott County Bar Association, December 20, 2019

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois
  • Iowa

Court Admissions:

  • All District Courts in Illinois and Iowa
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • B.A., English, University of Northern Iowa
  • J.D., Northern Illinois University

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