"They have to get through us to get to you"--Aggressive representation because experience countsFormer prosecutor for 6 1/2 years, criminal defense since 2002. Tried over 100 jury trials.DUI cases and complicated and specialized and not every day run of the mill case. Experience countsFamily law cases are emotional and we can help you through the process because we understand!Children make mistakes. That shouldn't affect the rest of their lives.The best representation is key
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1991||01/30/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|President||Van Ness Law Group, P.A.||2002 - Present|
|Program Attorney||Guardian Ad Litem Program||1998 - 2002|
|Assistant State Attorney||Office of the State Attorney (Sarasota) 6 1/2 years||1991 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Board of Directors||2009 - Present|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Sarasota Chapter||President||2008 - Present|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Chapter||Member||2007 - Present|
|Junior League of Sarasota||Member||2003 - Present|
|Children's Guardian Fund||Board of Directors||2002 - 2004|
|Simmons vs. State||Victory|
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|Stetson University College of Law||N/A||Juris Doctor||1991|
|University of Florida||Economics||Bachelor of Arts||1988|
|Breath Blood and Tears||DUI How do defend Refusals||2016|
|Breath Blood and Tears||DUI Jury Selection||2015|
|Blood Breath and Tears||Ethics Panel||2014|
|Masters of DUI||Ethics Panel||2013|
|The Practice||Solo Practice--The Women of FACDL||2012|
|Family Law Seminar||Criminal Law Issues that Impact Family Law Issues||2008|
|Girl's Inc., Girls' Rights Week||Panel discussion on the Super Girl Dilemma. Guest panelist in group of role models who have achieved a great deal.||2007|
Posted by Matt
I hired Varinia because I heard she was one of the best lawyers for DUI cases. In my initial conversation she fully explained the whole process of the case and ALL of my options. Whenever I had a question she was very quick to respond. Throughout the entire process she made sure that my case was just as important to her as it was to me. I highly recommend Varinia and will definitely use her again in the future.
Posted by anonymous
Varinia is compassionate, effective and timely in her work. She has been very easy to work with as she has been available to us both on the phone and through email. Our daughter needed juvenile representation and we live out of state. Varinia was clear and compassionate during our initial consultation. She has since kept us informed on the case and she has moved quickly. She had the right contacts and great knowledge of the local court system and the key players.
Posted by anonymous
Varinia Van Ness is an absolute powerhouse. Not only did she accomplish the job I'd retained her for, but she accomplished a reduction in sentencing that I didn't even think was possible for me. I watched her fight an erroneous charge with unflagging energy and intelligence. She has experience as a former prosecutor, and so understands exactly how the legal system functions, which was hugely beneficial to my case. She is also independently erudite on all matters legal. I would be in a very different position today without Varinia. She is a woman you want on your side.
Amiee Buckman, Personal injury Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I've had the honor of knowing Varinia for quite some time and have always found her to be extremely knowlegeable and professional. I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
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