Our Attorneys

Christian Van Riper:

Christian handled thousands of criminal cases during his tenure as a prosecutor. 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 non-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 litigated various cases involving violent criminal charges including misdemeanor assault and battery, domestic violence, aggravated felony assault and battery, and first degree attempted murder.

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 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 memoranda of law for the purpose of advising the Court on various legal and factual issues. 

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.

Timothy C. Nies, Esq.

Tim’s unique and valuable experience in defense litigation, and from years working as an 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. He also litigated drunk driving cases and cases involving catastrophic injuries. 

A veteran 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.

In addition to the Florida Bar, Tim is admitted to the Federal Bar for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida.