Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP Expands to Dallas with Addition of Three-Attorney Group – InsuranceNewsNet

DALLAS, Dec. 9, 2020 / PRNewswire / – Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP is pleased to announce the opening of its Dallas, Texas office and the addition of two partners and one partner.

The Dallas office is headed by Ellen Van Meir, a seasoned and respected insurance attorney with years of experience who advises primary and self-insurers on coverage and claims handling. Prior to joining Nicolaides, Ellen served for more than two decades as head of the insurance protection and litigation practice group at Thompson, Coe, Cousins ​​& Irons, LLP and a member of the firm’s administrative committee. Recognized as the premier insurance lawyer by Chambers USA since 2013, she was named “Attorney of the Year” in Insurance Law and Litigation – Insurance by Best Lawyers® in Dallas in 2021. Partner Ellen Mariah Quiroz and Associate Conor McCall join Ellen to establish the Dallas office.

“It has always been part of the firm’s strategic growth plan to identify, attract, and work with the most talented insurance protection attorneys in the United States,” said Managing Partner Richard Nicolaides. “The addition of Ellen, Mariah and Conor reflects that vision and is another important milestone for our company.”

The Dallas team will further strengthen the company’s deep bank and build on its national footprint by bringing decades of experience advising the company’s clients in Bermuda, London, Tokyo and the United States.

“We are very excited that Ellen has decided to join our firm to lead our new Dallas office,” said partner Monica Sullivan. “When we opened our doors in January 2014, more than half of the lawyers in the firm were women, including 11 of our 19 partners. Today we have 37 women lawyers, many of them in management positions. Added to this are Ellen and her team in Dallas, which strengthens the commitment of the Company to continue promoting accomplished women in our industry. ”


“Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP is known as a premier insurance protection law firm,” said Ellen. “I have known and worked with several lawyers with the firm over the years, all of whom I admire. So it is both inspiring and rewarding to join the firm that is opening an office here in Dallas.”

From then until now

Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP was founded in 2014 when the founding partners set up a law firm focused solely on advancing the interests of the global insurance industry. The company represents its insurance clients in disputes over exposure coverage in federal and state courts, as well as appeals and arbitration tribunals in the United States and abroad. Nicolaides lawyers are among the largest US firms dedicated exclusively to risk management and claims clarification on behalf of insurance companies. They are deeply rooted in the industry and uniquely prepared to address a wide range of risks and emerging challenges including the COVID -19 pandemic, opioid crisis, cannabis industry, intellectual property infringement, unfair business practices, terrorist financing, construction defects, asbestos claims, Climate change, forest fires and natural disasters, cyber hacking and information loss among others.

“While our company has been handling insurance disputes across the country, it is very exciting to know that we now have boots in Texas and can draw on Ellen’s years of experience,” said partner Sara Thorpe. “Ellen, Mariah and Conor are huge compliments on what the company has achieved over the past six years.”

Since its inception, the company has more than doubled in size and has grown through a number of significant lateral adjustments. The firm currently has over 68 attorneys including Ellen, Mariah and Conor. The new Dallas office is the company’s fifth location in the United States. Additional offices are in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

“Ellen, Mariah and Conor reflect the company’s approach to delivering consistent, high-quality service to our customers and building long-term relationships,” said partner Matthew Fink. You embody the lawyers in our firm and consider each case in the context of the general business goals and objectives of our clients. We are excited to have you join us as founding members of our new Dallas office. ”

About the lawyers

Ellen Van Meir has more than two decades of experience advising direct and self-insurers on coverage and claims handling. Ellen is primarily focused on significant losses and covers a wide range of industries including construction, finance, manufacturing, oil and gas, and trucks. Ellen represents her clients in complex disputes arising from catastrophic personal injury, cyber, environmental, intellectual property, professional misconduct, and property damage claims. She is competent in providing advice on issues relating to the rights and obligations of insurance contracts, obligations in good faith towards insured persons and in relation to settlement and allocation problems, bad will, errors and omissions, liability, environmental pollution, Stowers claims and roofing and cover. Ellen has also served on appeals in various Texas and U.S. appeals courts for the fifth, eighth, ninth, and tenth circuits.

Mariah Quiroz represents international and domestic insurance companies on complex, high-coverage matters and malice litigation across the country. Mariah advises her clients in claims involving catastrophic bodily harm, construction defects, compensation clauses, oil and gas, personal and advertising damage, environmental pollution and environmental damage, professional negligence, technological services and products, and industrial accidents. Mariah also helps her clients reduce the liability, risks and risks associated with data breaches and allegations on the internet. As a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP / US) of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Mariah is uniquely ready to evaluate and investigate claims related to data protection breaches and security incidents and to help customers comply with regulations.

Conor McCall’s practice focuses on analysis and litigation related to coverage determinations, claims handling, settlement negotiations, allocation issues, avoidance of bad intentions, and political rights and obligations. He advises direct insurers and self-insurers on questions of coverage and claims, e.g. For example, questions arising from the following types of coverage: commercial general liability, industrial property, commercial auto, cyber liability, directors and officers liability (D&O), employment liability, errors and omissions, and fiduciary liability . Conor represents insurance companies that are involved in disputes about contractual and non-contractual claims before federal and regional courts.

Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP is one of the largest law firms in the United States dedicated solely to insurance coverage. With offices in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, the company works with major national and international insurers to assess and resolve their most complex risks. Please visit for more information.

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