Since his call to the Ontario Bar in 1994, Mike Nicolis has practiced in the area of insurance litigation. His focus has included personal injury (including no-fault benefits), medical malpractice, property damage, municipal liability and insurance coverage matters. Mike has acted for many of the country’s largest insurers and has successfully advocated cases through to trial and hearings. In addition, he has appeared numerous times in his capacity as counsel for various insurers at private mediations.
Mike has presented seminars and has lead discussion groups with insurer clients on a variety of insurance related topics. He is a member of the Advocate’s Society, Canadian Bar Association and the Toronto Lawyers’ Association. He has also completed the Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop at Osgoode Hall Law School (1998) and is a member of the Defence Research Institute. In addition, Mike sits on the FMRP Reserve Audit Committee which develops reserving guideline and claim auditing procedures for implementation by the member companies. The Committee’s main goal is to establish consistency when setting reserves in a simplified, balanced and practical manner.
While the majority of Mike’s practice consists of representing major insurers across the province, approximately 20% of his practice consists of plaintiff matters. In addition, Mike has provided pro-bono services to those who would otherwise not have access to proper legal representation.
Mediation Services: Mike also provides mediation services in respect of personal injury and insurance claims. He provides a relaxed atmosphere opening the lines of communication between both parties and encouraging reasonable resolution of matters.
Working for both plaintiffs and insurers has given Mike the expertise to efficiently approach matters by identifying and assessing issues in dispute, while considering both perspectives in dealing with the mediation and general litigation process.