Firm Profile

Varinia Van Ness formed Van Ness Law Group, P.A. in June of 2002, formerly known as The Law Offices of Van Ness & Van Ness, P.A. The firm’s partner and associates combine experience of over 50 years of litigation experience ready to serve you.

Who We Are

The members of this firm acquired their 50 plus years of experience working as prosecutors and as attorneys in private law firms.

Varinia practices exclusively in the area of criminal defense. In her career, Varinia has tried more than 100 cases in front of juries and hundreds of other trials in front of judges, achieving a winning percentage. Additionally, Varinia’s criminal defense practice is strongly motion driven, where often times the evidence is thrown out, leading to further success for her clients. Given the level of experience and professionalism, Martindale-Hubble has given Varinia Van Ness a BV ranking. Furthermore, AVVO, an independent company that ranks attorneys, has ranked Varinia a 10/10, Superb lawyer. For more information on this ranking, please visit this Avvo link or visit and search for Varinia Van Ness.

Beth Loeffler joined our team in April of 2018 after working as a prosecutor in Miami Dade and Sarasota, Florida for over 20 years. During those years, Ms. Loeffler tried over 200 jury trials and handled thousands of criminal cases of every kind, from the simplest misdemeanor charges to the most complex and serious felony charges. She knows exactly what kind of evidence is needed to prove a case and can identify when that evidence is lacking. She knows the rights that you have that are guaranteed by the constitution and will aggressively fight to make sure that those rights are safeguarded.

The vast combined experience of Attorneys Van Ness and Loeffler provide you with over 50 years of experience to tackle your case. When you hire Van Ness Law Group, you hire the firm. Invariably, both attorneys work the case and both have eyes on the file, so you truly get the experience of both. Van Ness Law Group, P.A. is head and shoulders above the rest with aggressive and experienced defense for your criminal legal needs!

Van Ness Law Group
Van Ness Law Group
We pride ourselves in being accessible to our clients and phone calls are promptly returned.

At Van Ness Law Group, customer care and satisfaction are as important as unmatched and superior representation. We cover any criminal case in the counties of Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Charlotte.

Our offices are conveniently located in the heart of beautiful downtown Sarasota, Florida. We speak English, Spanish, French and Italian.


Varinia is the best lawyer in town! I felt completely confident in my case the whole way through and very informed. Whenever she found out something new in my case she either personally called me or sent me letters in the mail. Varinia was easy to contact too, even on the weekends she was there to answer any questions I had. In the end I had all charges against me dropped!

Keri - A DUI client