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Christian Paul Van Riper

also known as Chris Van Riper, Christian VanRiper

About me

     I am a partner at Van Riper and Nies. A firm co-owned with Timothy Nies, a military veteran.

     I am a near life-long resident of Stuart, Florida, having moved to the Treasure Coast when I was a child. I am an avid boater and enjoy fishing as much as possible.

     Prior to law school, I was an investigator with Florida's Department of Children and Families.  Here, I investigated allegations of child abuse and neglect.  During law school I was selected, based on my school grades and performance, to work as a law clerk for the Florida Supreme Court of Florida, where I researched important issues for Supreme Court Justices.

     After law school, where I graduated at the top of my class, I was selected as an Assistant State Attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Here, I prosecuted and tried serious felony cases.

     For the past couple years, I have been practicing in private practice criminal defense.  A couple months ago, I joined up with my cousin, Timothy Nies, an experienced personal injury and civil litigation attorney. Our firm now helps those with serious injuries due to the fault of others, as well as those charged with crimes. We also handle other litigation matters as we both are experienced trial attorneys.

     Being that my partner is a military veteran, and I have spent years as a public servant for the State of Florida, as both a DCF investigator and a prosecutor, we offer significant discounted legal fees to honorably discharged military veteran, active-duty military, law enforcement officers and firefighters.


Port St. Lucie Florida Criminal Law Site - Our law firm's criminal defense site for Port St. Lucie, FL residents.

St. Lucie County DUI Law Site - Our firm's website on DUI criminal defense in St. Lucie county, FL.

Stuart Criminal Law Site - Our firm's Stuart, FL criminal defense site.

Stuart DUI Defense Site - Our law firm's Stuart FL DUI defense site.

Florida Criminal Defense Site - Our law firm's site on Florida Criminal Law.

West Palm Beach DUI Law Site - Our firm's West Palm Beach DUI Defense site.

Defense Base Act Law - Our firm's site on the Defense Base Act.

Florida BUI Defense Law - Our firm's site on Boating Under the Influence (BUI).

Stuart Personal Injury Law - Our firm's Stuart personal injury site.

Hieros Gamos - Our law firm's site on Hieros Gamos' site.

Veteran Owned Business Law Firm - Our law firm's veteran-owned law firm business site.

Van Riper and Nies Press Release - Our law firm's site announcing discounts for military veterans.

Van Riper Nies: Merchant Circle - Our law firm's Merchant Ciricle Listing.

Van Riper Nies - Local Yahoo! Listing - Our law firm's Yahoo! local listing on personal injury law.

Pompano Beach Criminal Law - Our law firm's site on Pompano Beach Criminal Defense.

Van Riper and Nies Local Site - Our law firm's Places Stuart FL Page on Criminal Defense

Van Riper and Nies Local Site Florida Criminal Law - Our law firm's  Places site on Florida criminal defense.


Languages spoken: Portuguese

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 5%
  4. Domestic Violence: 5%



Free consultation (90 minutes)

Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Jordan Reid Wagner

    I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Christian when he was a prosecutor at the State Attorney's Office. He was (and still is) one of the best trial lawyers on the Treasure Coast. He is never afraid to go to trial and fight for his clients. Moreover, Christian's knowledge of the law and ability to spot issues that other lawyers may overlook is second to none. I highly recommend Christian Van Riper to help you in your time of need.


    Jordan Wagner Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Leanne Lynn Ohle

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Van Riper is an experienced attorney who works hard to obtain the best results for his clients.


    Leanne Ohle Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Van Riper and Nies Attorneys, P.A.

801 Northpoint Parkway
West Palm Beach, FL, 33407

Van Riper & Nies Attorneys, PA

55 SE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL, 33444

Van Riper & Nies Attorneys, PA

10 fairway Drive #139
Deerfield Beach, FL, 33441



FLMember in Good Standing200601/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Top 20 percent of the ClassStetson University College of Law2005
Florida Supreme Court InternshipStetson University College of Law2005
Honor RollStetson University College of Law2005
Honor RollStetson University College of Law2004
Graduated Magna Cum LaudeFlorda Atlantic Univiersity2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerVan Riper and Nies Attorneys, P.A.2010 - Present
PartnerChristian Van Riper2008 - 2010
Assistant State AttorneyFlorida State Attorney's Office2006 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
ToastmastersMember2007 - Present
Martin County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Florida BarMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Treasure Coast Executives MeetingCriminal Defense Trends2015