Nicolaides Expands National Footprint with Three Lateral Hires

Leading Insurance Boutique Continues Rapid and Strategic Growth

October 20, 2015

Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP today announced its continuing strategic expansion with the addition of three lateral hires in New York.

Opening the firm’s White Plains, New York office are Samantha L. Riley, Lani M. McCann and Jessica Cavallo, who combine decades of experience counseling prominent domestic and international insurers and reinsurers. As partners, Samantha and Lani bring to Nicolaides LLP their extensive experience in the rapidly-growing field of cyber insurance coverage, including breach and breach response issues, cyber attacks, malware invasions, compromised information, class actions and multi-media liability claims, among others. With the support of seasoned associate Jessica Cavallo, the New York practice also brings additional depth to Nicolaides LLP in complex reinsurance matters and on professional liability issues.

“We are thrilled to expand our team with the addition of this dynamic group,” noted Managing Partner, Richard H. Nicolaides, Jr.. “The wide range of complex insurance matters we handle and our collaborative environment enable us to attract the best talent in the insurance field.”

“As a premier coverage litigation firm, Nicolaides has a deep bench of experienced lawyers. We are so excited to work alongside these phenomenal thinkers, who are also terrific people,” added Samantha Riley.

Established in January 2014 with 29 lawyers, in less than two years, the firm has grown its headcount by more than 72%. Remarkably, more than half of the firm’s partners are women, a stark contrast to the national average, which hovers around 20%.

Accounting for this rocket-like trajectory, founding partner Sara M. Thorpe pointed to guiding principles not commonly associated with today’s law firm. “We are nimble and energetic and are writing our own rules,” she began. “Our niche focus enables us to think constantly and creatively about adding value to our clients and their industry.”

About Nicolaides LLP

Nicolaides LLP is the nation’s largest law firm focused exclusively on representing insurers and reinsurers in insurance coverage matters. From offices in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and White Plains, the firm advises clients on complex coverage disputes in federal and state courts throughout the country and alternative dispute resolution settings in the US and around the world. For more information, visit