Van Riper & Nies Attorneys, P.A.

Van Riper & Nies Attorneys, P.A.
  • Firm Size 4
  • Our Veteran-owned firm leaves no stone unturned when representing our clients in court. Our attorneys, a former prosecutor, and a former insurance trial lawyer, practice in personal injury, criminal defense, family law and civil litigation.
  • 4.5/5.0 (7)
    86% Recommended (7)

About this firm

"Justice is the firm and continuous desire to render to everyone that which is due"

Van Riper & Nies relies on personal attention, open communication, hard work and trust in bringing justice to clients.

Our Florida, Veteran-owned, law firm practices in personal injury, criminal defense, family law, maritime injury, Longshore claims, Defense Base Act claims, and civil litigation.

Attorneys Christian Van Riper, a former Florida Prosecutor, and Tim Nies, a U.S. Army Ranger Veteran, and former senior casualty trial attorney for the largest insurance defense firm in the U.S., bring their unique experiences together in representing clients in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Palm Beach & Broward Counties in all personal injury and complex criminal defense cases.

Tim leads the firm's personal injury practice. He has spent the past 10 years, first defending well-funded insurance companies and large corporations in complex personal injury cases, including motor vehicle crashes, truck accidents, motorcycle crashes, slip & falls, premises liability, negligent security, medical malpractice, product liability, construction site accidents and maritime injury claims, including cruise ship passenger injury claims, Defense Base Act claims, Longshore and Jones Act claims, then for the past three years prosecuting negligent insurance companies, corporations and individuals for the harms and losses caused to his clients.

Christian, our firm's principal criminal defense attorney, handles a broad range of criminal defense cases, including serious felonies, drug charges, violent offenses, DUIs, and complex federal crimes such as wire fraud and bank fraud.

Tim and Christian, try all cases together as a powerful trial team.

Our attorneys and professional staff are known for providing a high level of personal attention for our clients. We are here for them when they need us most, day or night.

Whether we are representing a criminal defendant, or a client with a serious and life-changing injury, our attorneys are dedicated to our clients' well-being and leave no stone unturned in advocating for our clients' interests.

We leave no stone unturned.

Our personal injury and criminal defense attorneys are known for the personal service and open communications with our clients. We are dedicated to the needs of our clients and their families.

Our attorneys practice in personal injury litigation, admiralty and maritime and complex criminal defense. Our motto is that we leave no stone unturned in the prosecution of injury claims for our clients.

The life experiences of our attorneys sets our firm apart. Our attorney, Timothy Nies, is a U.S. military veteran and a proud lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. When serving as an Airborne Ranger with the Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, he sustained a line-of-duty knee injury during a parachute mission. He had to work every day to rehabilitate his knee; however, the injury ultimately caused his medical discharge from the U.S. Army. Tim, more than most injury lawyers, understands how it feels to suffer from and overcome a life-changing injury. Tim was lucky the Army had skilled surgeons and that the VA was there to help him. Many civilians injured today are not so lucky. After his military service, Tim began his attorney career defending personal injury cases for insurance companies and large corporations, including Fortune 500 companies.

He was a senior Casualty Attorney for Marshall Dennehey, the largest, and arguably, the most respected insurance defense law firm in the world, with more than 450 attorneys.

Our attorney, Christian Van Riper, a former DCF Investigator, was selected as a Law Clerk for the Florida Supreme Court, which is an honor very few attorneys are selected for. Thereafter, Christian began his legal career as a State Attorney, where he litigated and tried many serious felony cases.

The work and life experiences of our attorneys affords our law firm unique and valuable insight into the lives and struggles of our clients and how best to present their cases before Florida jurors at trial. Our attorneys' experiences and background are as diverse as our clients and, equally important, we know what the prosecutor in criminal defense cases, or the insurance company lawyer in personal injury cases is thinking because we both have been there. This unique insight has proven very valuable over the years.

Tim and Christian, who are cousins who have known each other for most of their lives, work all personal injury and criminal defense cases as a trial team. This approach benefits our clients on two levels. First, both Tim and Christian are extremely familiar with the details of our clients' cases and are able to collaborate to effectively come up with a litigation and trial plan. Second, our clients are able to speak with an attorney about their cases at any time of the day or night. We are known for the personal attention we are able to provide to our clients. Our clients are usually surprised to be able to speak us after hours and on the weekends.

Our attorneys represent clients in all personal injury matters, including automobile and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, premises liability, falls, inadequate security, construction site accidents, swimming pool injuries and drowning, product liability, boating injuries, personal watercraft injuries, Longshore and Harbor Workers' claims, Defense Base Act claims, cruise ship injuries, crime victim injuries, dog and animal bites, back injuries and wrongful death cases, as well as in complex criminal defense cases.

Locations (2)

Areas of Practice (261)

Specific Practice Area and Industry Group Details across multiple offices:

  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense
  • Divorce
  • Civil Litigation
  • DUI Defense
  • Criminal Law
  • Trial Practice
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Maritime Personal Injury
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Dangerous Products
  • Slip and Fall
  • Dog Bites
  • Negligent Security
  • Swimming Pool Injuries and Drownings
  • Construction Site Accidents
  • Electrical Injuries
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Defense Base Act Claims
  • Brain Injuries
  • Wrongful Death
  • BUI Defense
  • Violation of Probation
  • Driving While License Suspended
  • Driving While License Revoked
  • Violent Offenses
  • Firearm Offenses
  • Domestic Violence
  • Restraining Orders
  • Drug Charges
  • Prescription Drug Offenses
  • Juvenile Offenses
  • Robbery and Burglary
  • Workers' Compensation Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Maritime Injuries
  • Boating Injury Claims
  • Personal Watercraft Injury Claims
  • Longshoremen Injuries
  • Jones Act Seamen Claims
  • Cruise Ship Passenger Claims
  • Evictions
  • Child Visitation
  • Contract Disputes
  • Business Disputes
  • Accidents
  • Animal Attacks
  • Aquatic Injuries
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Boating Accidents
  • Bodily Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Bus Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial Vehicle Liability
  • Electrical Injury
  • Head Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries
  • Pedestrian Injuries
  • Personal Injury Arbitration
  • Plaintiffs Personal Injury
  • Power Line Contact Injury
  • Psychological Injury
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • School Bus Accidents
  • Severe Burns
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spinal Injury
  • Third Party Wrongful Death
  • Tourist Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Whiplash
  • Admiralty Law
  • Boat Manufacturing Liability
  • Cruise Ship Injuries
  • Diving and Offshore Injuries
  • Inland Marine Law
  • Jones Act
  • Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act
  • Marine Liability
  • Maritime Accidents
  • Marine Subrogation
  • Maritime Arbitration
  • Maritime Law
  • Maritime Criminal Law
  • Maritime Negligence
  • Maritime Products Liability
  • Maritime Property Damage
  • Recreational Boating Law
  • Seamens Claims
  • Defense Base Act
  • Civil Practice
  • Assault and Battery
  • Burglary
  • Capital Offenses
  • Criminal Antitrust
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Criminal Conspiracy
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Death Penalty
  • Drivers License Suspension
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • DUI/DWI
  • Expungements
  • Extortion
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Extradition
  • Felonies
  • Forensic DNA
  • Forgery
  • Habeas Corpus
  • Hit and Run
  • Homicide
  • Mail Fraud
  • Manslaughter
  • Misdemeanors
  • Money Laundering
  • Murder
  • Parole and Probation
  • Post-Conviction Remedies
  • Search and Seizure
  • Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Stalking
  • Theft
  • Traffic Violations
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Weapons Charges
  • Victims Rights
  • Wire Fraud
  • Wiretapping
  • Elder Abuse
  • Airbag Injury
  • Liquor Liability
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Assault
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Childrens Rights
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Juvenile Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Fraud
  • Commercial Crimes
  • Commercial Mediation
  • Environmental Criminal Law
  • Products Liability
  • All Terrain Vehicle Products Liability
  • Automotive Crashworthiness
  • Automotive Design Liability
  • Automotive Products Liability
  • Bicycle Products Liability
  • Breach of Warranty
  • Breast Implant Litigation
  • Chemical Explosions
  • Elevator Liability
  • Escalator Liability
  • Firearms Litigation
  • Food Borne Disease
  • Food Products Liability
  • Motorcycle Products Liability
  • Manufacturers Liability
  • Product Defects
  • Product Failure
  • Product Recall
  • Product Safety
  • Product Warning Labels
  • Recreational Vehicle Products Liability
  • Seat Belt Injury
  • Tire Defect Litigation
  • Tire/Rim Mismatch
  • Vaccine Injury
  • Vehicle Rollovers
  • Welding Products Liability
  • Common Carrier Law
  • Common Carrier Liability Law
  • Motor Carrier Law
  • Motor Carrier Liability
  • Transportation Liability
  • Transportation Safety
  • Trucking Liability
  • Internet Crimes
  • Libel, Slander and Defamation
  • Libel and Slander
  • Media Libel
  • Birth Trauma
  • Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice
  • Medical Liability
  • Medical Negligence
  • Pediatric Malpractice
  • Physicians Professional Liability
  • Psychiatric Malpractice
  • Wrong Site Surgery
  • Surgeons Liability
  • Psychotherapy Law
  • Psychology Malpractice
  • White Collar Crime
  • Embezzlement
  • White Collar Fraud
  • Privacy Law
  • Privacy Litigation
  • Prisoners Rights
  • Resorts and Leisure
  • Amusement Park Liability
  • Country Club Law
  • Hotel and Resort Law
  • Hotel Liability
  • Hotel Security
  • Innkeeper Law
  • Marina Liability
  • Private Club Law
  • Recreational Law
  • Restaurant Liability
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Water Park Safety
  • Premises Liability
  • Inadequate Security
  • Premises Security
  • Private Security Litigation
  • Municipal Civil Rights
  • Municipal Liability
  • Municipal Torts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Fifth Amendment Law
  • First Amendment Law
  • Defective Hip Implants
  • General Practice
  • Federal Practice
  • County Government Law
  • County Liability
  • Federal Tort Claims
  • Government Tort Liability
  • Local Government Liability
  • Mesothelioma
  • Methamphetamine Crimes
  • Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Federal Civil Litigation
  • Automobile Insurance Coverage
  • General Liability
  • Personal Liability
  • Subrogation
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists Arbitration
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists
  • Unfair Insurance Practices
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Negligence
  • Sports Injury
  • Torts
  • Civil Liability
  • Intentional Torts
  • Mass Torts
  • Tort Liability
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Unlawful Detainer

People (4)

Peer Reviews

  • 4.5/5.0 (7)
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.5/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.5/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.5/5.0
  • Communication

    4.5/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.3/5.0

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Client Reviews

  • 4.3/5.0 (7)
  • 86% (6)
  • Communication

    4.3/5.0
  • Responsiveness

    4.3/5.0
  • Quality of Service

    4.3/5.0
  • Value for Money

    4.3/5.0
  • I got injured overseas and wasn't getting treated well with the insurance company. I hired Mr. Nies after my insurance company started sending me to t...

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    I got injured overseas and wasn't getting treated well with the insurance company. I hired Mr. Nies after my insurance company started sending me to their ''independent'' doctors. Mr. Nies put a stop to that, made sure the insurance carrier paid what they were supposed to and when, and made himself and his staff available anytime I had questions or concerns. He was easy to work with and genuinely cared about my case.

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  • We found Van Riper and Nies through online reviews. Both were VERY helpful about the Florida court process and knowledgeable in all aspects of defense...

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    We found Van Riper and Nies through online reviews. Both were VERY helpful about the Florida court process and knowledgeable in all aspects of defense. Coming from Texas we were not familiar with the Florida Judicial system. Christian and Tim’s knowledge of the Criminal Florida court system and investigative skills truly pulled us through a very difficult situation. We clearly knew what we were up against and that honesty and forth right knowledge helped us take the right path during our case.

    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
    • Quality of Service

      5.0/5.0
    • Value for Money

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  • Van Riper Nies Attorneys Pa

    5.0/5.0 on 03/18/15 on 03/18/15

    Christian Van Riper's knowledge of the law and court side manner are outstanding ! Where I would like to applause Mr. Van Riper, is his compassion and understanding when...

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    Christian Van Riper's knowledge of the law and court side manner are outstanding ! Where I would like to applause Mr. Van Riper, is his compassion and understanding when it comes to handling the sensitive nature of family cases. I appreciated his ability to keep me centered and focused during a very emotional time. I highly recommend him and his very courteous and helpful staff.

    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
    • Responsiveness

      5.0/5.0
    • Quality of Service

      5.0/5.0
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  • Van Riper Nies Attorneys Pa

    5.0/5.0 on 01/20/14 on 01/20/14

    We have been clients of Van Riper & Nies for four years.
    They successfully defended us during a legal nightmare of aggressive prosecutors, vindictive law enforcement p...

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    We have been clients of Van Riper & Nies for four years.
    They successfully defended us during a legal nightmare of aggressive prosecutors, vindictive law enforcement personnel, and a dangerous neighbor.
    We highly recommend this firm due to their honesty, integrity and their diligence and can not thank them enough.

    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
    • Responsiveness

      5.0/5.0
    • Quality of Service

      5.0/5.0
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  • Van Riper Nies Attorneys Pa

    5.0/5.0 on 12/09/10 on 12/09/10

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    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
    • Quality of Service

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    • Value for Money

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