Our Attorneys

Christian Van Riper
Former Prosecutor
Former DCF Investigator


Timothy Nies
Former Army Ranger

CHRISTIAN VAN RIPER

christian@vanriperandnies.com
772-283-8712

Christian Van Riper, a lifelong resident of Stuart, is a former Florida DCF Investigator and criminal prosecutor with vast experience in criminal trial law.  He has handled thousands of criminal cases from misdemeanors to serious felonies such as arson, sexual battery, first degree grand theft, drug trafficking, and attempted first degree murder.  Christian has successfully conducted numerous criminal jury trials.

 

Christian is dedicated to helping fellow clients facing serious criminal charges. He is thrilled that his chosen career path allows him to help fellow members of his community.


EXPERIENCE:

 
Office of the State Attorney for the 19th Circuit

Christian has handled many criminal cases during his tenure as a Prosecutor for the State of Florida. He was promoted from the misdemeanor division to a felony division within seven months of beginning his career as an ASA.  He has argued motions on a great variety of issues, and he has also conducted numerous jury and no-jury trials.  Additionally, 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 handled various cases involving violent criminal charges including misdemeanor assault and battery, domestic violence, aggravated felony assault and battery, and first degree attempted murder.

 

Internship with the Office of the State Attorney for the 6th Circuit

Christian developed an interest in trial law and criminal law while still in law school.  For that reason, he participated in this internship, which allowed him to gain knowledge and experience in trial law and, more specifically, criminal law.  During this clinic, Christian was able to conduct actual jury trials while still in law school, and he also researched and argued motions on various issues and participated in the investigation and prosecution of various criminal cases.

 

Florida Supreme Court Internship for Distinguished Law Students

 

While in law school, Christian was chosen to participate in this internship from a very select group of law students.  Each semester, the law schools from around the  state select a limited few students to participate in this internship, and Christian was one of only two students chosen from his law school.  During this internship, Christian acted as a clerk to the justices of the Florida Supreme Court, the highest court in Florida.  His job consisted of analyzing petitions, conducting research, and writing memorandum of law for the purpose of advising the Court on various legal and factual issues. 

Investigator with the Department of Children and Families

Before attending law school, Christian worked as an investigator for The Department of Children and Families (DCF).  The primary focus of his job was to investigate reports of child abuse occurring in Florida.  During his career as a DCF investigator, Christian became skilled in the science of investigative technique.  A DCF investigator is called upon to sort through the facts and circumstances surrounding a claim of abuse and determine if that claim is valid.  Christian is committed to providing his clients with the most well prepared defense possible.  A thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances behind the criminal act(s) alleged against a client is the first step in mounting such a defense, and Christian often relies on his experience as a state investigator in preparing a client's case for trial.

 

EDUCATION

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
B.A. in Political Science
Minor in Criminal Justice
G.P.A 3.84, Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Honors and Activities: Honor Roll, International Golden Key Society, National Political Science Honor Society.



TIMOTHY NIES

tim@vanriperandnies.com
772-283-8712

Tim’s unique and valuable experience in defense litigation, and from years working as a trial attorney for insurance companies, puts him in an excellent position to take on the most complex civil and criminal cases.  Prior to forming the firm with Christian, 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 with the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, 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 earned a BV rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating provided for attorneys at his experience level, and is a past recipient of the “Best of the Bar” award from the South Florida Business Journal and was recently recognized in Florida Trend's Legal Elitemagazine.

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 Justice Association, the Broward County Bar Association, the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the South Palm Beach County Bar Association and the U.S. Maritime Law Association.

Tim is proud to be a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). The firm offers discounts for all military veterans.

BAR ADMISSIONS:

Florida Bar
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:

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

By: Tim Nies


 

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