Michael A. Nicolas is a founder and Managing Director of Longford Capital. Michael is responsible for portfolio management, including underwriting, investment selection, and overseeing the efforts of independent attorneys and other professionals as part of the due diligence process. Michael serves on Longford Capital’s Investment Committee.
Michael is an accomplished attorney with nearly 15 years of experience representing corporate clients involved in complex litigation, including trial experience in the commercial litigation departments of two prominent national law firms, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP and Gardner, Carton & Douglas LLP (n/k/a Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP). He represented a wide array of clients involved in sophisticated litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States, and has successfully prosecuted and defended claims involving a variety of legal issues including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and other business torts, breach of joint venture and partnership agreements, intellectual property claims, product liability claims, real estate disputes, real estate taxation disputes, health care litigation, employment discrimination and other labor disputes, First Amendment claims, defamation claims (including slander and libel), consumer fraud claims, RICO claims, securities litigation, class actions, insurance litigation, and others.
Before founding Longford Capital in 2012, Michael was a key member of the trial team in a five-week jury trial in federal district court involving claims of fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and defamation with more than $575 million in controversy.
Michael has served as outside general counsel to clients and has regularly provided advice concerning litigation strategy, litigation finance, case management, claim valuation, risk assessment and mitigation, alternative dispute resolution, insurance coverage, settlement negotiations, contracts, and other issues.