Maritime Injuries

"We are dedicated to our clients' needs..."

Our experienced admiralty and maritime attorneys believe in open communication, hard work and trust when representing longshoremen, seamen, crewmembers, and boat passengers injured while on a vessel or at a port.

Attorney Timothy Nies, a former U.S. Army Ranger, began his career in admiralty and maritime by working for one of the preeminent maritime defense law firms in Florida. Thereafter, Timothy focused on representing longshoremen and military contractors under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and the Defense Base Act respectively, as well as seamen under the Jones Act and passengers of boats and cruise ships.

Attorney, Christian Van Riper, a lifelong resident of Stuart, Florida and an avid boater began his career as a state attorney, where he prosecuted serious felons as well as boaters charged with boating under the influence (BUI). As a prosecutor, Christian honed and polished his jury trial skills.

Our admiralty and maritime areas of concentration, include:

- cruise ship passenger injuries
- recreational boating injuries
- waverunner and jetski injuries
- maritime product liability claims
- Jones Act claims
- Longshoremen and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act claims
- Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) claims,
- Scuba diving injury claims

For more information about our maritime practice and for a free consultation, please call us, complete the confidential contact form below or e-mail Timothy Nies at

900 SE Ocean Boulevard, Suite 140-E
Stuart, FL 34994
Tel: 772-283-8712

Satellite Offices: West Palm Beach and Deerfield Beach, FL.


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Van Riper & Nies Attorneys, P.A., is a military veteran owned law firm practicing in Martin County in the following areas of Law: Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Landlord-tenant Law, Personal Injury, Auto Accidents, Premises Liability, Breach of Contract, Admiralty and Maritime Law, Family Law and Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act Claims.

Attorney Timothy Nies is a former U.S. Army Ranger and a former insurance defense trial lawyer; having worked for some of the largest insurance defense law firms in Florida. Timothy practices in civil litigation, commercial litigation, maritime injury claims, longshore claims, Defense Base Act claims and all other injury-related claims.

Firm Lawyer, Christian Van Riper, is a criminal defense, civil litigation and divorce attorney. Together our litigators practice in criminal defense, personal injury, boating accidents, motor vehicle and truck accidents, DUI defense, criminal defense, family law, and commercial litigation. Our firm's attorneys represent clients throughout Martin County, Florida, including: 
Stuart, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Jupiter, Palm City, Sewalls Point, Hutchinson Island, and all other areas in Martin County, FL.

Van Riper and Nies Attorneys, P.A. assists clients injured in waverunner crashes, bicycle accidents, automobile accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle crashes, and insurance claims regarding boating or waverunner injuries in Stuart, FL. Jensen Beach personal injury lawyers. Stuart, FL criminal lawyers.  Our slip and fall lawyers represent victims of the negligence of others in Stuart, Florida and the surrounding areas.

Our criminal lawyers represent defendants in Stuart who have been charged with misdemeanors, serious felonies and violations of probation. Christian Van Riper is a former Florida prosecutor in the 19th Judicial Circuit and is skilled in representing clients in all criminal defense and DUI defense cases.

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