William Niebel

Adjunct Professor of Law
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Email: william.niebel@cornell.edu

Clinical Program Assistants:
Email: clinicalprograms@cornell.edu
Phone: (607) 255-4196

Professional Biography

William J. Niebel, Esq. is a Staff Attorney at Legal Services of Central New York, where he has practiced since 2015. Mr. Niebel graduated from the University of South Dakota Law School in 2005. After law school, he was admitted to the Iowa bar and began focusing on landlord-tenant law as a Staff Attorney at Iowa Legal Aid. In 2009, he prevailed in the Iowa Supreme Court, in the landmark case of War Eagle v. Plummer, 775 N.W.2d 714 (2009). That decision invalidated the Iowa statute that allowed certified mail notice of an eviction hearing, as a violation of due process. Mr. Niebel moved to New York and worked at the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York for three years, in Albany and Saratoga Springs, defending many evictions in city and justice courts. He also served as Associate General Counsel in the Watchtower (Jehovah’s Witnesses) Legal Department for three years, working in its Civil Rights and Litigation groups. Mr. Niebel is currently admitted to practice in New York, and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York.