Law Offices of Van Riper & Nies Attorneys
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Law Offices of Van Riper & Nies Attorneys
Tim Nies

801 Northpoint Parkway Suite 375
West Palm Beach FL 33407
(561) 962-3130

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Law Offices of Van Riper & Nies Attorneys

Please Call : 561-962-3130

"We leave no stone unturned..."

Our trial attorneys are known for tenacious litigation, professional service, personal attention, and open communications with our clients.

Our attorneys, Timothy Nies and Christian Van Riper, practice in:

Personal Injury Litigation,
Admiralty & Maritime Injury Litigation,
Civil Litigation,
Commercial Litigation,
Criminal Defense,
DUI Defense, 
Family Law,
Eviction Proceedings.

The backgrounds and life experiences of our trial attorneys sets our firm apart from others. Our attorney, Timothy Nies, is a U.S. military veteran and a proud supporter of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).  When serving as an Airborne Ranger with the Army's elite 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. Many are left without insurance coverage.  After his military service, Timothy 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. During law school Timothy worked for one of the most prominent family law firms in Florida.  

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 prosecuted and tried countless serious felony cases, including sexual offense cases, DUIs, drug trafficking, attempted murder 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, cousins who have known each other for most of their lives, work all personal injury, criminal defense and divorce 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 trial 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 & Harbor Workers’ claims, Defense Base Act claims, cruise ship injuries, crime victim injuries, dog and animal bites, back injuries and wrongful death cases, criminal defense cases, divorce cases and in eviction proceedings.

For more information about our trial practice and for a free consultation, please call us day or night, complete the contact form below, or e-mail us at

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Attorney Profile

Tim Nies

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.

U.S. Maritime Law Association.
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 theSouth Florida Business Journaland was recently voted one of the topUp & Comingattorneys 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:

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

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Christian Van Riper, Esq.


Tel: 888-682-6747

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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