Our Attorneys

The Van Ness Law Group can assist you in a wide variety of practice areas. We encourage you to browse through our experience and qualifications below.

Varinia Van Ness, Esquire

Varinia Van Ness

Varinia was born in Bogota, Colombia. At age 14, Varinia moved to the United States where she attended middle and high school.

Upon graduating from High School, Varinia attended University of Florida, earning her degree, Cum Laude in Economics in 1988. Thereafter, Varinia lived in Switzerland for 4 months prior to starting her Law School at Stetson. Varinia earned her J.D. degree from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg in May of 1991.

As a former prosecutor, Varinia worked at the office of the State Attorney in Sarasota, Fl from 1991 to 1998, handling complex criminal cases and trying over 60 jury trials and hundreds of non-jury trials. In her job, Varinia also earned extensive experience in all types of motion practice.

After leaving the Office of the State Attorney, Varinia worked for the Guardian ad Litem program from 1998 to 2001 representing abused and neglected children in dependency court. In 2001 Varinia decided to go into private practice and formed the law firm, formerly known as Van Ness and Van Ness. Now, Van Ness Law Group, P.A. represents clients in the areas of criminal defense, all aspects of Family Law and Foreclosure Defense. Varinia handles exclusively all aspects of criminal defense.

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Elizabeth Loeffler, Esquire

Elizabeth Loeffler

Elizabeth was born and raised in Minnesota. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduating cum laude with honors in May of 1993. She earned her J.D. from Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, graduating with honors in May of 1996.

Elizabeth moved to Florida after law school. She worked as a prosecutor for over 20 years. She worked at the State Attorney’s Office in Miami for 4 years, and then spent nearly 17 years at the State Attorney’s Office in Sarasota. Throughout the course of her career, she prosecuted every type of crime in Florida, from the most minor misdemeanor and traffic offenses to the most serious felonies, including homicide and sexual crimes against children. She has tried over 200 jury trials, and thousands of bench trials and motions.

In April of 2018, Elizabeth joined the Van Ness Law Group, where she represents clients in criminal cases. Drawing on her experience as a prosecutor, Elizabeth handles all aspects of criminal defense. She is a member of the Florida Bar and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

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Debbie Garcia, Legal Assistant

Debbie Garcia

Assistant to Varinia Van Ness, Esq.

Education: College of the Holy Cross, B.A. - Liberal Arts: Foreign Language Major

Languages: Spanish, Portuguese and English, conversational French

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Claribel Andujar, Legal Assistant

Claribel Andujar

Education: University of Central Florida

Languages: Spanish and English

Claribel was born in Connecticut and raised in Orlando, FL where she attended the University of Central Florida and pursued her B.S. in Public Administration with a minor in Criminal Justice. Claribel is bilingual; She speaks English and Spanish.

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