Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC
Nicolas  AbouAssaly

Nicolas AbouAssaly

Position: Member
115 3rd Street SE, Suite 1200
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-1266
(319) 896-4003 direct
(319) 366-1917 fax

Nicolas AbouAssaly is a member of Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman where he has a general transactional practice including real estate and corporate and business transactions. Prior to joining Simmons Perrine in 1997, Mr. AbouAssaly was an in-house attorney with Exxon Corporation in Houston, Texas. Mr. AbouAssaly is the current Mayor for the City of Marion, Iowa.

Real Estate. Mr. AbouAssaly represents clients of all sizes in connection with the purchase, sale, leasing and development of commercial and residential real estate. His practice includes preparation of agreements, handling title matters, representation of clients in connection with zoning, platting and land use matters and challenging real estate valuations for tax assessment purposes. His clients include real estate owners and developers, builders, landlords, tenants, farmers, school districts and lenders.

Real Estate Tax Protests. Mr. AbouAssaly has represented local and national clients in challenging real estate valuations for tax assessment purposes for commercial and industrial facilities throughout the State of Iowa, including appeals of board of review decisions to the Iowa District Court. His work on behalf of such clients has often resulted in significant reductions in assessed values of real estate and, consequently, significant savings in real estate tax liabilities.

General Corporate and Business Transactions. Mr. AbouAssaly provides advice and services to many businesses on day-to-day issues as well as issues relating to entity formation and in negotiating and drafting of organizational documents and a variety of business contracts. 

Additional languages: Arabic       Place of birth: Beirut, Lebanon

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Professional Honors 

  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Cedar Rapids
    • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® list, 2016 - 2019
    • Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law
  • Ranked in Chambers USA, 2015 - 2018
    • Real Estate
  • AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Included in Great Plains Super Lawyers list, 2012 - 2018

Community Honors 

  • Linn County Bar Association Citizenship Award, 2019
  • Voted Most Influential Person in the Corridor for 2018 (CBJ)
  • Listed among the Corridor's Most Influential People of 2017 (CBJ)
  • Corridor Business Journal’s Forty Under 40
  • Rotarian of the Year, 2009 - 2010
  • Marion, Iowa Citizen of the Year, 2008


  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Real Estate & Title Law Section
  • Linn County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Marion, Iowa
    • Mayor, 2015 - Present
    • Former City Council Member
  • Cedar Rapids Rotary Club
  • St. George Orthodox Christian Church
    • Music Director
  • Uptown Marion
    • Main Street Iowa District, Past Board Member


  • Contributor (Iowa), Mark A Senn, "State-by-State Guide to Commercial Real Estate Leases", First, Second, Third and Fourth Editions