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Why Us?

Christian Van Riper

Timothy Nies

"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:

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

Palm Beach County:
801 Northpoint Parkway
Suite 375
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

 Martin County:
900 SE Ocean Boulevard
Suite 140-E
Stuart, FL 34994

Broward County:
10 Fairway Drive
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 

South Palm Beach County:
55 SE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444


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