Van Riper | Nies Attorneys          561- 962-3130
Palm Beach Personal Injury Law
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Waverunner Injuries

Timothy Nies

Christian Van Riper

"We leave no stone unturned when representing our clients..."

Experienced, proactive and compassionate, Van Riper Nies trial attorneys are committed to protecting your rights. 

Van Riper and Nies Attorneys, P.A., a military veteran-owned law firm, is unique as a plaintiff's auto accident law firm. Our partner, Tim Nies, is a U.S. military veteran, having served with the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, and a former insurance defense trial lawyer for the largest insurance defense law firm in the world.  

Partner, Christian Van Riper, is a former prosecutor for the State of Florida, where he prosecuted and tried serious felony and DUI cases. Prior to his service as a prosecutor, Christian was an investigator with Florida's Department of Children and Families and was selected during law school, because of his skill and high grades, as a law clerk for the Florida Supreme Court, which is an honor very few attorneys are selected for. 

The work and life experiences of our attorneys affords our law firm unique and valuable insight into the lives and struggles of our clients injured in motor vehicle accidents, how their cases are defended by insurance company lawyers, and with trial experience.  Our past experience litigating for the insurance companies gives us credibility with the insurance companies when seeking damages for our clients against them, and our knowledge of how insurance companies evaluate and value cases proves effective during the pendency of cases, at mediation and at trial.   To learn more about our trial attorneys, we invite you to review our individual attorney resumes.

Tim and Christian are cousins who have known each other most of their lives. They work all automobile accident cases as an experienced, closely-knit trial team.  This approach benefits our clients on two levels. First, both Tim and Christian are extremely familiar with the details of our clients’ accident 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 and night.  We are known for the personal attention we are able to provide to our clients. Our clients are usually pleasantly surprised to be able to speak us after hours and on the weekends.

We are experienced, and skilled, in the investigation and prosecution of auto accident claims. We are known for our professionalism, proactive litigation style, investigative and negotiating skills, and personal service provided to our clients. 

Every 10 seconds, someone in the United States is involved in an automobile accident.  In Florida, auto accident cases are usually governed by the law of negligence. By and large, people who operate motor vehicles must exercise “reasonable care". A failure to use reasonable care is negligence. A person who negligently operates a motor vehicle is required to pay for the harms and losses caused by their negligence. The injured person, or plaintiff, must prove that the defendant was negligent, that the negligence caused the accident, and that the accident caused or contributed to the plaintiff’s injuries. 

Courts look to many factors in determining whether a driver was negligent in the operation of his or her vehicle. These factors include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • disobeying traffic signs or signals;
  • failing to use  turn signals;
  • driving at a fast speed;
  • disregarding weather or traffic conditions;
  • operating the vehicle while distracted, such as texting while driving;
  • driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Our litigation attorneys stand ready to help you with your automobile accident claim. Consultations with our attorneys are always free and we are available day or night. 

All our auto accident cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not take a fee unless we win. 

For more information about our injury practice, please call us at 561-962-3130, complete the contact form below, or e-mail our Personal Injury Department Chair, Tim Nies, at

Van Riper and Nies Attorneys, P.A.
KeyCorp Building, Suite 375
801 Northpoint Parkway
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

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