Mike Nicolas is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Longford Capital Management, LP, one of the largest providers of litigation finance in the world, and a leader in the industry. Mike is responsible for Longford Capital’s portfolio management, including underwriting, investment selection, and overseeing the efforts of independent attorneys and other professionals. Mike also serves on Longford Capital’s Investment Committee. For the past several years, Mike has been recognized by Chambers and Partners, Lawdragon, IAM Strategy 300 and others as one of the top executives in the litigation finance industry. Mike is also an industry thought leader, speaking regularly at industry conferences and authoring numerous articles on issues pertinent to the industry. Prior to launching Longford Capital in 2011, Mike was an accomplished trial attorney for over 15 years, most recently at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg. Mike earned his law degree with highest honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1998, where he was named to the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Kent Legal Scholars, the Chicago-Kent Law Review and the Chicago-Kent Moot Court Honor Society. Mike graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Business.