Our Attorneys

Christian Van Riper

Timothy C. Nies

Timothy C. Nies

E-mail: tim@vanriperandnies.com

Tel: 888-682-6747

Tim’s unique and valuable experience in insurance defense litigation, and from years working as an attorney for insurance companies, puts him in an excellent position to take on national companies and large insurance companies. Prior to representing injured clients, Tim was a senior casualty attorney for both the largest insurance defense firm in the United States and one of the largest insurance defense firms in Florida, where he litigated multiple cases on behalf of Fortune 500 companies.

A former U.S. Army Ranger, Tim was injured in the line of duty. His experience developed and tested his leadership skills, and taught him to react smartly and quickly under pressure, but most importantly for clients, it brought him true insight into what it is like to suffer and recover from life-changing injuries.

Tim is a past recipient of the “Best of the Bar” award from the South Florida Business Journal and was recently voted one of the top Up & Coming attorneys in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite.

In addition to the Florida Bar, Tim is admitted to the Federal Bar for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida. He is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Florida Justice Association (FJA), the Palm Beach County Justice Association, the Broward County Bar Association, the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the South Palm Beach County Bar Association and the Maritime Law Association of the U.S.

Tim is proud to be a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Practice Areas:

Divorce, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Automobile & Trucking Negligence, Motorcycle Negligence, Bicycle Accidents, Maritime Injuries, Boating Injuries, Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, Products Liability, Premises Liability, Slip & Falls, Animal Bites, Construction Site Injuries, Complex Criminal Defense, including Workers' Compensation Fraud Defense.


Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Bar Admissions:

Florida, 2001
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Association for Justice
Palm Beach County Justice Association
Florida Justice Association
South Palm Beach County Bar Association
Palm Beach County Bar Association
Broward County Bar Association
U.S. Maritime Law Association.

By Tim Nies


Christian Van Riper, Esq.

E-mail: christian@vanriperandnies.com

Tel: 772-283-8712

Christian is an experienced trial attorney. For years, 
Christian was a Prosecutor where he litigated countless criminal cases for the State of Florida. He was promoted from the misdemeanor division to a felony division within seven months of beginning his career as a Prosecutor.  He has argued motions and appeals on a great variety of issues, and he has also conducted numerous jury and non-jury trials.  

Christian has handled a variety of misdemeanor and felony cases from DUI's, driving with a suspended license cases (DWLS), and drug cases to more serious felony cases such as complicated first degree grand theft cases, arson cases, robbery and burglary cases, sexual battery cases and many others. He has also litigated various cases involving violent criminal charges including misdemeanor assault and battery, domestic violence, aggravated felony assault and battery, and first degree attempted murder. 

Prior to being selected to serve the citizens of Florida as an Assistant State Attorney, Christian was a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Florida. Christian worked directly for the justices of the Supreme Court where he analyzed petitions and advised the Court on various legal and factual issues in both civil and criminal law matters.

Prior to law school, Christian was an investigator with the Department of Children & Families (DCF). During his time as a DCF investigator, where his primary focus was the investigation of child abuse reports, he honed his investigative skills, which assist him today in the investigation of complex personal injury claims. 

Christian's unique life and work experiences places him in an excellent position when fighting for the rights of his clients accused of crimes, and for his injured clients and his clients' families.


Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, FL

Juris Doctor, Cum Laude. Graduated in the top 20% of his class.

Honors and Activities: Honor roll every semester eligible, member of Phi Delta Phi

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

G.P.A 3.84, Graduated Magma Cum Laude.

Honors and Activities: Honor Roll, International Golden Key Society, National Political Science Honor Society.

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

Satellite Offices: West Palm Beach and Jensen Beach.

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Van Riper & Nies Attorneys, P.A.'s attorneys, Christian Van Riper and Timothy Nies are Martin County trial attorneys experienced in handling all commercial litigation, civil litigation, criminal defense, admiralty and maritime and criminal defense cases in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Indiantown and throughout Martin County.

Our civil litigation practice group , 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.. Stuart and West Palm Beach Attorneys: http://www.vanriperandnies.com.

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 and DWI defense, criminal defense, family law, and commercial litigation cases. Our firm's litigation 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.  Attorneys in Martin County, FL.