Who We Are

Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan knows our greatest asset is our people. Founded in 2014, our Firm is built on integrity and respect, with an entrepreneurial spirit and a high level of collegiality. We strongly believe in the power of collaboration. Teamwork, fueled by creative solutions – that is what makes us the preeminent insurance coverage law firm in the country. Our clients know we understand their business. In direct response to our clients’ needs, our Firm has grown with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and White Plains, New York. Our clients include some of the most prestigious insurers in the world. They count on us to assist them with evaluating and resolving their most complex risks in high-profile disputes in the U.S and abroad.

Our Expanding Footprint

As we open new offices and increase our numbers, we remain committed to recruiting and retaining talented, educated and experienced attorneys, including partners and other senior counsel with years of experience in this specialized field. We understand veteran attorneys considering a lateral move are looking for an environment that supports career development and exceptional client service. Regardless of geographic location, we are interested in working with the finest insurance lawyers and are dedicated to providing them with the support and resources required to excel in their professional endeavors. Our Firm has a progressively dynamic and open culture. We believe that a diverse workforce and inclusive environment is essential to providing the best legal services. The more diverse we are, the better we are as a law firm. We are proud that women constitute more than 50 percent of our attorneys, including senior and managing partners.

“Since inception, the Nicolaides partnership has wholeheartedly embraced my goals and indulged my professional curiosity. I have had the opportunity to argue appellate cases; litigate and mediate high-value, complex coverage matters; and work directly with clients to enhance my own development. Joining Nicolaides was the best decision I could have made for my legal career.” – Jodi S. Green

Our Professionals

We value attorneys from varied backgrounds who strive to succeed. We offer attorneys outstanding opportunities with challenging work at every stage of their careers and allow them to accept as much responsibility and client interaction as they are ready to assume. Working at Nicolaides, attorneys are actively involved in sophisticated, complex cases and gain experience quickly. Associates work side by side with partners on high-profile matters and have close client contact. We expect our associates to be visible within the Firm and want them to have the freedom to shape their own careers. It is our hope and expectation that all of our lawyers will thrive and prosper, enjoying long-term career success at this Firm.

With leading insurance attorneys in the country at our Firm, we maintain an active presence in many key professional organizations, including the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the American College of Coverage and Extra-contractual Coverage (ACCEC), the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) and Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS). We also know that training and effective mentoring have a direct impact on our associates’ experience and ability to develop and succeed as lawyers. Our Firm’s goal – and commitment – is to attract and develop the nation’s best insurance lawyers.

“The Firm’s commitment to exceptional work product and exceeding client expectations was evident from my first day. The collaborative culture provides associates an opportunity to learn from incredibly intelligent and hard-working attorneys who are not only committed to the success of the Firm, but take the time to train, teach, and encourage associates to improve and excel. Working here continues to be a delightfully challenging and rewarding experience.” – Emily R. Steinberg

Shared Values

We also believe that the best professionals lead well-rounded lives and support one another in fulfilling that part of our lives. While our clients’ needs come first, we also value our time outside of the office, whether it is spent with our families, supporting our communities or pursuing other challenges and interests.

Join Our Team

We are looking for sharp, ambitious people who are passionate about their careers and who share our values. For general inquiries about career opportunities at Nicolaides, please contact us at Or, if interested in joining our team, view our open positions posted below.

Career Opportunity

Associate Attorney - California Offices

The California offices of Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP seek associate attorneys with at least 2 years of experience and will consider more experience.  Commercial litigation and insurance coverage experience preferable. This is a growing firm with 60+ lawyers who handle a wide variety of complex litigation and advice matters for insurers under liability and specialty insurance policies. We want individuals with demonstrated academic success and strong analytical and writing skills.

The Firm offers competitive salary and benefits and substantial opportunities for professional development. California bar admission is required. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume in confidence to

Career Opportunity

2-5 Year Associate  Chicago Office

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and a writing sample in confidence to

Career Opportunity

Legal Assistant - California Offices

Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP seeks an experienced Legal Assistant to join our growing firm and become an integral part of our support team, working in either our San Francisco or Los Angeles offices. In this position, you will perform a variety of complex legal secretarial and administrative tasks while exercising sound judgment and demonstrating the ability to multi-task and perform under deadlines. We are looking for a self-starter who can work independently and as part of a team.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing both state and federal court filings.
  • Creating, editing, proofing, and finalizing documents.
  • Generating TOAs and TOCs.
  • Calendaring key dates.
  • Editing and submitting monthly case status reports.
  • Revising, updating and coordinating submission of monthly client billing statements.
  • Preparing, submitting, and monitoring expenses.
  • Assisting with preparation for meetings, hearings, and presentations.
  • Coordinating case intake and conflicts procedures.
  • Supporting attorneys with organization of case materials.
  • Working with Legal Assistants in other locations as a collaborative member of the team.

Job Specifications and Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of increasing responsibility as a legal secretary.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Clearly and concisely communicates both verbally and in writing with internal and external clients.
  • Strong attention to detail and highly organized.
  • Familiar with document management systems (NetDocs preferred).
  • Experience with insurance coverage a plus (but not required).

To apply, please send a short cover letter describing your interest and qualification along with your current resume to

Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. We support and encourage workforce diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability in any of our recruitment, hiring, or placement processes. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records and criminal histories pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring, and California law.

NOTICE TO LEGAL SEARCH FIRMS: Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP does not accept applications or resumes from placement or search agencies. There are no exceptions to this policy, no contract will be formed and no placement fee will be paid with respect to any resume submitted to the Firm by an agency. Resumes received by agencies will be immediately discarded.

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