Litigation is inevitable in business. Individuals or corporations can interfere with contract rights, fraudulent inducement can occur based on certain representations, or shareholders and partners can simply disagree over issues and entitlements. Whether you are an accused or aggrieved party, you’ll need experienced and trial-savvy attorneys on your side.
When you need a business or commercial litigation attorney, Van Riper & Nies will take practical and efficient steps toward rapidly resolving your dispute. Our philosophy is to attain outstanding results efficiently and cost effectively.
Tim Nies, a U.S. Army Ranger veteran, leads the firm’s commercial and business litigation practice. He is the former lead casualty trial attorney for Marshall, Dennehey, Warner Coleman & Goggin, the largest insurance defense law firm in the U.S., where he represented insurance companies and Fortune 500 businesses. His experience working with some of the most successful companies in the world make him an excellent resource for his commercial and business clients.
Christian Van Riper, Tim’s partner at Van Riper & Nies, is a prosecutor for the State of Florida who has litigated countless criminal cases. He has argued motions and appeals on a great variety of issues, including commercial and business cases. Together, these two lawyers make a powerhouse team that will prioritize your case.
Van Riper & Nies appreciates the significance of business disputes to small and large clients and realizes that early resolution is often best. We strive to achieve the most favorable result, recognizing the expense, time, and resources that these matters can draw. However, we are prepared to take cases to trial, and opposing counsel will recognize this in our firm.
Tim and Christian try all cases together as a team, pooling experience and ideas to provide the best possible outcome for clients. We are known for our courtroom prowess, proactive and tenacious litigation style, and high level of professionalism. We are always personally available to clients and leave no stone unturned in advocating for our clients’ interests.
Areas of Practice
At Van Riper & Nies, our attorneys practice in the following areas of business and commercial litigation:
- Commercial landlord-tenant disputes
- Business fraud
- Breach of contract (Business Operating Agreement, Franchise Agreement, real estate contract, construction contract, etc.)
- Contractual and business fraud
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Purchase & Sale Agreement disputes
- Contract disputes
- Bad faith and unfair business practices
- Misappropriation of trade secrets and/or assets and funds
- Violation of confidentiality/non-compete agreements
- Corporate and partnership disputes/dissolutions
- Enforcement of business agreements, security agreements, promissory notes, and guarantees
- Business collections and debt litigation
- Tortious interference with business relationships or prospective advantage
When you are involved in a landlord-tenant dispute, you need an attorney who will aggressively represent your interests. At Van Riper & Nies, our experienced commercial landlord-tenant attorneys provide fierce legal representation to ensure that your rights, as well as your assets, are protected.
Business fraud occurs when a business resorts to deceitful practices to cause economic injury. Early intervention may prevent civil matters from escalating into criminal charges.
In addition to traditional business fraud, Van Riper & Nies litigates Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) lawsuits. If you are involved in a civil RICO lawsuit, you don’t want just anyone to represent you. Our experienced Florida RICO attorneys have a thorough and concrete understanding of the complicated RICO Act. This understanding is crucial to ensuring our clients’ success in RICO litigation.
When you have a matter requiring arbitration, contact us. Our attorneys at Van Riper & Nies have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the rules of arbitration as set forth by the American Arbitration Association.
Attorney Tim Nies has represented Fortune 500 companies while working for one of the largest firms in Florida, where he was involved in innumerable arbitration cases. He and his partner, Christian Van Riper, offer clients proactive and sophisticated litigation services at competitive rates. No matter the situation, we can arbitrate your case both efficiently and effectively.