In the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode “Dare,” when a little girl dies tragically at Mercy Hospital, it becomes a criminal case. At the hospital, surgeon Dr. Lorraine Franchella (guest star Janel Moloney) takes it upon herself to harvest the girl’s organs without parental consent. In court, the doctor is represented by defense attorney Nikki Staines. Last time Staines appeared on Law & Order: SVU was in 2016, when she defended a man who posed as a college admissions director to have sex with mothers of prospective students.
Defense Attorney Nikki Staines is portrayed by Callie Thorne. The Golden Globe-nominated actress is known for her roles on The Mysteries of Laura (Captain Nancy Santiani), Necessary Roughness with John Stamos (Dani Santino), Rescue Me (Sheila Keefe), Prison Break (Pam Mahone), The Wire (Elena McNulty), and Homicide: Life on the Street (Laura Ballard), among others. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit airs Wednesdays at 9pm on NBC, right after The Blacklist and right before Chicago P.D.
— Callie Thorne (@calliopethorne) August 26, 2016