Chicago Firm Split Creates New Insurance-Focused Outfit


By Andrew Strickler

Chicago firm Bates Carey Nicolaides LLP has split, with more than two dozen lawyers, including name partner Richard Nicolaides, Jr., leaving to form a competing partnership representing commercial insurers, firm leaders announced Tuesday.

That departed group of 29 attorneys will be joined at the new firm, Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP, by four other lawyers, including former Gordon & Rees LLP insurance partner Sara Thorpe.

The firm says the new firm joins the largest U.S. partnership focused solely on representing global insurers. It includes lawyers with a range of related experience, including litigating intellectual property and unfair business practice disputes, addressing coverage in relation to terrorism financing lawsuits, construction defect and asbestos claims and cybercrime. 

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