Van Riper & Nies Attorneys
Florida BUI Defense Law

Our Maritime Criminal Attorneys


Christian Van Riper





Timothy C. Nies






Christian Van Riper, Esq.

Christian, a former DUI prosecutor and Clerk for the Florida Supreme Court, is also an avid boater.  He is uniquely qualified to defend clients accused of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Christian has successfully conducted many jury trials throughout his career.

Christian  is dedicated to helping fellow boaters when they are facing severe criminal penalties after being arrested for boating under the influence.

Christian earned his undergraduate degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Florida Atlantic University.  He earned his Juris Doctorate Degree with Honors from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

Christian Van Riper
E-mail: christian@vanriperandnies.com
Martin & St. Lucie: 772-283-8712
Palm Beach: 561-962-3130
Broward: 954-369-0776

Timothy C. Nies, Esq.

Tim’s unique and valuable experience in defense litigation, and from years working as a personal injury and maritime 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. 

Tim earned the highest rating provided for attorneys practicing law less than ten years, 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 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 and the U.S. Maritime Law Association.

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

Timothy C. Nies, Esq.
E-mail:
tim@vanriperandnies.com
Martin & St. Lucie: 772-283-8712
Palm Beach: 561-962-3130
Broward: 954-369-0776

By Tim Nies