Free Unless We Win: All our personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. We do not charge a fee unless we win.
Van Riper & Nies relies on hard work, open communication, and trust in bringing justice to clients. We are a military veteran-owned law firm that represents individuals and families who have suffered an injury or lost loved ones due to the carelessness or reckless actions or inactions of others.
We are unique as a plaintiff’s law firm because of our attorneys’ experiences with injury litigation. Attorney Tim Nies, our lead attorney on personal injury cases, is a military veteran of the U.S. Army Rangers and a proud lifetime supporter of the Disabled American Veterans. When serving as an Airborne Ranger with the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment, Tim sustained a line-of-duty knee injury during a parachute mission. He worked hard to rehabilitate his knee, but his injury ultimately caused his departure from the United States Army.
Tim, more than most injury attorneys, knows how it feels to suffer from and overcome a life-altering injury. He considers himself lucky, as the Army had excellent surgeons, and the VA was there to help him after his service. However, he understands that others are not so lucky and oftentimes face huge hurdles in obtaining medical care after a serious injury.
Tim began his legal career as a Senior Casualty Attorney for Marshall Dennehey, the largest and arguably the most respected insurance defense law firm in the world. There, he worked with insurance companies and large corporations, including Fortune 500 companies. He honed his skills as a trial attorney and learned how insurance companies evaluate and litigate personal injury cases, a skill he now uses to assist his clients.
Tim’s partner at Van Riper & Nies, Christian Van Riper, began his legal career as a State Attorney, where he prosecuted countless serious felony cases for the State of Florida. His time working for the state sharpened his trial skills, which benefit him today when he represents seriously injured clients. The work and life experiences of these two attorneys afford our law firm unique and valuable insight into how these cases are defended and how to effectively try cases to juries.
Tim and Christian have known each other most of their lives and work all personal injury cases as a uniquely qualified trial team. They are both extremely familiar with the details of their clients’ cases, and they collaborate to create scrupulous litigation and trial plans.
For personal injury clients, working with Van Riper & Nies has a few specific advantages. Our experience litigating on behalf of insurance companies gives us credibility with the other side, and our knowledge of how insurance companies evaluate and value cases proves invaluable during the pendency of cases, at mediation, and at trial.
Also, because of Tim’s personal connection with injury cases, clients can speak with an attorney about their cases at any time of the day and night. Van Riper & Nies is known for the personal attention it provides to clients, who are usually pleasantly surprised to be able to speak to an attorney after hours and on the weekends. We take your case very seriously, and we want to make sure you know that.
Areas of Practice
Our trial attorneys help clients injured in a wide variety of cases, including the following:
- Automobile crashes
- Truck crashes
- Motorcycle crashes
- Boating accidents and injuries
- Personal watercraft injuries
- Crime victim injuries
- Slip and fall injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Medical malpractice claims
- Premises liability
- Inadequate security
- Swimming pool injuries and drowning
- Cruise ship injuries
- Construction site accidents
- Longshore & harbor workers’ claims
- Defense Base Act claims
- Product liability
- Dog and animal bites
- Wrongful death