Firm Expands National Appellate Practice

Leading Insurance Boutique Bolsters Appellate Representation with the Addition of Kimberly A. Hartman as a Partner in Chicago

March 14, 2016

Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP, a leading insurance boutique, today announced its continued expansion with the addition of Kimberly A. Hartman as a partner in its national Appellate Practice.

Based in Chicago, Ms. Hartman represents litigants during the post-trial and appellate stages of civil litigation in a variety of areas, including construction, product liability, professional liability, insurance coverage, premises liability, and first-party property. She has prosecuted and defended appeals in numerous federal and state courts, bringing a record of successful briefing and oral arguments in actions spanning the country.

“As we continue to expand strategically and bring on the most talented attorneys focused on complex matters, Kim is a natural addition to the team,” said Richard H. Nicolaides, Jr., managing partner.

Barbara Michaelides, a founding partner and chair of Nicolaides’ Appellate Practice, added: “Kim’s capabilities, combined with the collective experience of the practice, provide clients with a market-leading team for every phase of post-judgment and appellate litigation.”

Nicolaides national Appellate Practice handles all aspects of writs and appeals, briefing and argument, on behalf of insurers and their insureds, in state and federal courts. The group’s experience includes: class actions; insurance (liability, environmental, fidelity and surety, first-party property, “bad faith”); product liability; professional liability; and transportation.  The appellate team is regularly called upon to serve as trial monitoring counsel, collaborating with trial counsel in high-exposure cases to help obtain successful trial outcomes and properly postured appeals.

Prior to joining Nicolaides, Ms. Hartman was a partner at Clausen Miller.  She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and earned a B.A., cum laude, from Clemson University Calhoun Honors College.

About Nicolaides LLP

Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP is a global law practice dedicated to representing the interests of insurers and reinsurers.  From offices across the U.S., the firm counsels its clients and litigates complex coverage disputes around the world. The firm’s market-leading appellate practice prosecutes and defends a broad spectrum of appeals nationwide, and frequently participates in high exposure trials.  For more information, visit