Our Attorneys:

Connie Niemann Heyer

Connie is a native of Austin and graduated from The University of Texas, where she earned four degrees. She holds undergraduate degrees from UT-Austin in Plan II and in Honors Business. While attending UT she was inducted into several academic honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa. She also has an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at UT-Austin, and a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law in Austin. While attending law school, she was the administrative editor of the Texas International Law Journal.

Connie serves as legal counsel and lobbyist for the Texas Self Storage Association and a board member of Texas Community Association Advocates. Connie is also a past lobbyist of Texas Community Associations Institute, a nation-wide non-profit trade organization representing the interests of property owners associations and their members. She is a former President of the Austin Chapter of the Community Associations Institute. Her practice focuses primarily on representation of property owners associations.

Connie also served as associate legal counsel to the Texas Apartment Association and Texas Building Owners and Managers Association for 10 years before retiring from this area of her practice to focus almost exclusively on representation of property owners associations.

William M. Heyer

William is a native of Austin and graduated with honors from Princeton University. After working for the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. as a legislative aide he returned to Austin and received his law degree with honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 1994. Mr. Heyer also was named a member of the Order of the Coif, a national legal honors society.

Immediately after law school, he served as a briefing attorney to a justice on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Mr. Heyer then co-founded, and served as legal counsel for, an independent oil and gas exploration company active in the coastal bend region of Texas. He has also been involved in, and continues to be involved in, various residential development projects in both Texas and Arizona.

Since returning to legal work full-time, Mr. Heyer has worked exclusively for Niemann & Heyer, providing a wide array of legal services to homeowner and condominium associations located in and around Austin and central Texas.

Fred Niemann, Jr.

Fred Niemann, Jr. has been in continuous practice with Niemann & Heyer (and it s predecessor firm, Niemann & Niemann) since graduating from the University of Texas Law School in 1977. He has a legislative practice which concentrates on laws affecting the alcoholic beverage industry and the health care industry, specifically the profession of optometry. He serves as general counsel to several trade and professional associations, assisting with their day-to-day operations and their grass roots political efforts. He works closely with his clients and their legislative teams to monitor and influence legislative action affecting his clients. He currently is not seeking new clients.

Chloe Love

Chloe was born in Austin, but grew up in the Chicago suburbs.  She returned to Austin in 1996 to attend the University of Texas, where she earned a degree in American Studies prior to attending the School of Law.  Chloe has practiced in and around Central Texas since receiving her license in 2006.  Prior to joining Niemann & Heyer, Chloe represented associations and small businesses in matters such as corporate formation and governance, commercial litigation, and real estate.  Chloe’s practice has focused on POAs since 2009, and she has represented POA clients in a variety of litigation settings in both state and federal courts.  Chloe is a board member of Texas Community Association Advocates, the public policy voice of Texas community associations.

Lance T. Lackey, Of Counsel

Lance received his B.A. in 1993 and his J.D. in 1997 from Baylor University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi and the Order of Barristers. While at Baylor, he received the John W. Joyce Moot Court Award; the Leighton B. Dawson Moot Court Award; and the Williams, Patillo & Squires Outstanding Oral Advocate Award.

Lance represents clients in civil litigation involving property owner association issues, contract and business disputes, real estate and property development matters, environmental law, technology, product liability, consumer class actions, and administrative/regulatory disputes. Mr. Lackey s experience includes jury and bench trials in both state and federal courts, as well as contested matters before the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Lance is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. He is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a member of the Austin Bar Association. He is a former member of the American Inns of Court (Robert W. Calvert Inn) and the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas.

Eric Hansum, Of Counsel

Eric Hansum represents clients in litigation concerning homeowner, condominium, or other property association matters as well as employment litigation and counseling in a variety of employment issues. He has frequently litigated cases in the state and federal courts throughout Texas.

Eric graduated cum laude from Trinity University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. During law school, he served as the Technical Editor for The Review of Litigation and was a member of the Order of Barristers. Eric previously served as the Assistant General Counsel and Vice President of Litigation for Harden Healthcare, LLC.

Eric has received an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating achievable, and also been recognized as a Texas Rising Star in employment litigation from 2011-2013. He is also a member of the Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court.