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

Attorney with 6+ Years  - California Offices

The California offices of Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP seek a senior associate/senior counsel/junior partner-level attorney with six or more years of insurance coverage advice and litigation experience. An existing book of business is not required, but strong client relationships are a plus. This is an exceptional opportunity in a growing law firm to handle complex matters with a wide variety of insurance products and subject matter. We are looking for a team player.

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

2-6 Year Associate - California Offices

The California offices of Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP seek a 2nd to 6th year attorney with strong analytical and writing skills to join our growing firm. Insurance coverage advice and litigation experience is preferred, but not required.

This is an exceptional opportunity to handle a wide variety of complex issues under liability and specialty insurance policies. We are looking for self-motivated individuals and demonstrated academic success and eagerness to learn and gain experience.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume in confidence to No phone calls please.

Career Opportunity

Paralegal with 3+ Years 

The San Francisco office of Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP seeks an experienced paralegal. This is an opportunity to join a growing firm and handle a wide variety of responsibilities within a collaborative, team-oriented and dynamic environment.

Candidates should possess exceptional oral and written communication skills, litigation support experience, and an ability to multi-task. A Bachelor's degree is preferred and three or more years of paralegal experience. Familiarity with insurance clients and claims is desirable but not required. We seek experience with MS Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Nextpoint, Westlaw and Adobe.

Paralegal responsibilities include:

  • Document organization and review, including identifying important documents, summarizing key information, preparing chronologies, and witness lists.
  • Database setup and maintenance with vendors, assessing case needs, obtaining quotes, and issue coding.
  • Organizing information, including preparing charts listing insurance policies and participants in litigation.
  • Assisting with document productions, including reviewing for privilege, redacting/bates labeling, preparing privilege logs, research, and preparing background information on individuals, companies, judges, and attorneys.
  • Mediation, motion, and trial preparation, including preparing and maintaining exhibit lists.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume with cover letter in confidence to No phone calls please.

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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