Amy J. Cassidy

blank image Amy J. Cassidy
10 S. Wacker Drive
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60606, US

T: 312.585.1412 F: 312.585.1401
Amy focuses her practice in litigation, where she has more than 15 years’ experience, with an emphasis on insurance coverage litigation. She is a passionate advocate for her clients, with a proven track record of favorable settlements, summary judgments, and trial and appellate victories.

Her consulting and litigation experience includes managing complex disputes for insurers involving matters that include:

  • Environmental
  • Appeals
  • Bad Faith
  • Construction Defect
  • Product Defect
  • Personal and Advertising Injury
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • General Commercial Litigation

Pro Bono

In addition to her commercial litigation practice, Amy works with asylum applicants and victims of domestic violence, representing these individuals on a pro bono basis. The Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation, among other recognized groups, has awarded Amy for her generous pro bono efforts.

Our experience handling complex high-stakes litigation, issues of first impression, and emerging coverage issues makes our clients comfortable trusting us with their most critical cases.


  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Awards & Rankings

In its 2016 list of Emerging Lawyers, the Leading Lawyers Network recognized Amy as an Emerging Lawyer in the field of insurance, insurance coverage and reinsurance law. This distinction is given to less than two percent of lawyers in Illinois under age 40 or with less than 10 years of experience, in recognition of their legal skills, ethics, and experience.

Before Nicolaides

Before joining the firm, Amy was a partner at a Chicago insurance coverage firm, where her practice had an emphasis on coverage litigation. Previously, Amy practiced law with Grippo & Elden LLC, focusing on both insurance coverage and general commercial litigation. Amy began her career at Piper Rudnick (now DLA Piper) in Chicago, after clerkships for The Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington, D.C. and Blue Ridge Legal Services in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Outside Nicolaides

Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, baby son, and stepson, and traveling with friends and family. Amy plays the alto saxophone in jazz, rock, and classical groups. She volunteers at a local no-kill animal shelter, including training new volunteers and counseling adopters.


    Case Study

  • West Virginia pollution

    In a high-stakes case involving coverage under a pollution legal liability policy, we presented issues of first impression and secured summary judgment in West Virginia federal court. The underlying class action case alleged injury and damage from exposure to carbon black from a manufacturing facility.

  • Advised insurers regarding coverage for climate change litigation under commercial general liability, pollution liability, products, claims-made, Bermuda form, and other types of policies, from primary to excess levels.
  • Secured dismissal of ERISA plan's lawsuit by arguing that ERISA precludes plan from seeking monetary recovery that is not from a specifically identified account or fund, establishing Seventh Circuit precedent; court recognized further that federal courts lack subject matter jurisdiction to declare that insurers owe coverage for unknown claims.
  • Even before any discovery, obtained summary judgment in construction-defect coverage litigation holding that insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify, because the lone alleged damage was from the rip-and-tear of work to get access to insured's non-conforming work.
  • Secured affirmance of summary judgment in favor of insurer client, agreeing client properly rescinded policy based on material misrepresentations in the application.
  • Obtained appellate affirmation in Texas action on grounds that product failure was not an occurrence law and, alternatively, insured failed to present evidence sufficient to allocate covered and uncovered damages.
  • Obtained summary judgment for insurer that there was no coverage for class-action settlement of claims for improper dissemination of personal medical information.
  • Attained Eleventh Circuit ruling affirming judgment for several insurers based on late notice in asbestos litigation.
  • Obtained summary judgment regarding allocation in Colorado construction defect case, leading to favorable settlement for excess insurer.
  • Negotiated settlement by multiple insureds and multiple insurers of bodily injury lawsuit involving industrial accident.
  • Secured summary judgment on basis that client did not violate eight different provisions of Kentucky's Fair Claim Handling Act, including a failure to settle and misrepresentation of policy terms; affirmed by Kentucky Appellate Court.
  • Obtained partial summary judgment and negotiated favorable settlement for excess insurer in complex litigation relating to common carrier bodily injury case under Massachusetts law.
  • Secured asylum for all refugees represented, on different bases of religion, political affiliation, or membership in particular social groups.
  • Successfully asserted pollution exclusion and other policy provisions precluding coverage with respect to underlying lawsuit involving allegations that the insured's oil and gas explorations and production activities contaminated plaintiff's property.