Nicholas Ranjan

District Judge at US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Nicholas Ranjan

Nicholas Ranjan

District Judge at US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

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Managing Partner, Boston Office at K&L Gates LLP

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Managing Partner, US at K&L Gates LLP

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Managing Partner, Seattle Office Co-Managing Partner, United States Chair of Diversity Committee at K&L Gates LLP

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Partner at K&L Gates LLP

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Partner at K&L Gates LLP

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Partner at K&L Gates LLP

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Partner, Practice Area Leader-Corporate & Transactional at K&L Gates LLP

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Partner at K&L Gates LLP

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District Judge at US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Education
J.D., cum laude
Class of 2003

The University of Michigan, founded in 1817, celebrates a long and distinguished history. It was in 1787 that the Northwest Territorial Ordinance provided public land for this and other Midwestern universities and established a tradition of respect for excellence in higher education. Three Native American nations—the Ojibwa (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), and Bodewadini (Potawatomi)—subsequently granted certain lands for use of the University of Michigan and by the end of the 19th century, Michigan was the largest and most generously supported public university in America and already a leader in graduate education. The University of Michigan Law School, one of the oldest law schools in the nation, was founded in 1859. But unlike other highly selective law schools established in that era, admission was never restricted to the privileged. When Gabriel Hargo graduated from the Law School in 1870, Michigan—then the largest law school in the country—became the second American university to confer a law degree on an African American. That same year, Michigan was the first major law school to admit a woman, and in 1871, graduate Sarah Killgore became the first woman with a law degree in the nation to be admitted to the bar; by 1890, Michigan had graduated more women than any other law school. That commitment to access and diversity joined an equally powerful commitment to excellence, which continues to this day.

B.A., summa cum laude
Class of 2000

Grove City College was founded in 1876. From our inception we have endeavored to provide our students with an excellent education at an affordable cost and from a Judeo-Christian worldview. The College offers an excellent classical liberal arts education by dedicated faculty who are experts in their field. With over 50 programs of study and a curriculum designed to educate the whole person, students are equipped with both specialized knowledge in their chosen major as well as cultural understanding to be leaders across a diverse range of professional fields and industries. Located in a picturesque Pennsylvania town an hour north of Pittsburgh, our students enjoy a campus life that stretches their thinking outside the classroom by engaging in sports, the arts, clubs and other extracurricular activities. And when they graduate, they became part of a worldwide alumni association that provides close personal and professional relationships for a lifetime. Students also enjoy a thriving spiritual life as part of a community that values freedom to explore faith. We practice what we preach. Grove City College maintains competitively low charges along with its superior academic program. The College operates on a balanced budget, refuses federal aid and remains virtually debt-free, proving that higher education can operate responsibly by providing an affordable, first-rate education without government funding or mandates

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Fellow
Current

The words "Leadership Council on Legal Diversity" are carefully chosen. Since the formation of the LCLD was announced in May 2009, the group has focused on developing strategies to increase diversity in the legal profession. Just as importantly, the LCLD has brought together the leaders of law firms and corporate legal departments to do that. At the time of the announcement, Rick Palmore, General Counsel of General Mills and former Chair of the LCLD Board of Directors underscored the significance of the effort: "LCLD is doing what no other initiative has done—uniting the legal industry's senior leaders in one organization to address and resolve the enormous diversity challenges in our profession." The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity has, since May 2009, organized a committee structure around four key strategic initiatives. Those initiatives are titled: Strategy & Innovation, Development, Partnerships & Teams, and Pipeline. At a glance, the initiatives will address the following opportunities and challenges: Strategy & Innovation. Research and develop a robust, new analytical tool to give more meaningful, sophisticated insight into the actual diversity of law firms and corporate legal departments. The objective of this committee's work will be to delve more deeply than quantitative measurements and "rankings." Partnerships & Teams. Identify, analyze, and promote successful diversity partnering efforts. The focus is on projects and programs that encourage collaboration between law firms, corporate legal departments, and other organizations with a commitment to diversity. Development. Work to ensure the development of diverse critical talent, creating ongoing programs to allow members to present and learn about successful programs for the development of diverse critical talent. Pipeline. Evaluate and support programs that encourage the entry of individuals of diverse backgrounds into the field of law. The committee will accomplish its objectives through collaboration with organizations committed to a more diverse profession. Taken as a whole, the work of the four LCLD Board committees will support the LCLD's stated goal to ". . .work in partnership to eliminate impediments and provide minorities and women with a full and fair opportunity to perform, to succeed, and to lead."

Fellow
Current

The Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation- only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American bar. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. The composition of the LCA is aggressively diverse, with recognition of excellence among American litigation and trial counsel across all segments of the bar. The purpose of the LCA is to recognize deserving, experienced, and highly qualified lawyers, to provide an outlet for scholarly authorship of legal articles on trial and litigation practice, to provide additional sources for professional development, to promote superior advocacy and ethical standards in the practice of law, to assist in community involvement by its membership, and to advance a superior judiciary, by taking relevant positions on issues or legislation affecting judicial compensation and/or benefits, as well as those affecting the American litigation processes. Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated on effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level or are independent practitioners with several years experience. Fellows may also include judges, professors of law, governmental attorneys and in-house counsel. Upon high recommendation by a Fellow, a limited number of Associate Fellows may be selected, generally pending qualification for Fellowship. Associate Fellows may include partners or associates from the same firm in which the Fellows practice or with any other ethically reputable firm, governmental division or company. Associate Fellows, however, are not considered part of the voting membership. Unless their practice changes from litigation or trial work or their general ethical reputation has been diminished, Fellows may hold their status as long as they desire to be affiliated with the LCA. Fellows who hold such status for seven consecutive years may be designated Senior Fellows.

Note Editor
Prior

The Michigan Law Review is an American law review established in 1902, after Gustavus Ohlinger, a student in the Law Department (now the Law School) of the University of Michigan, approached the dean with a proposal for a law journal. The Michigan Law Review was originally intended as a forum in which the faculty of the Law Department could publish its legal scholarship. The faculty resolution creating the Michigan Law Review required every faculty member to submit two articles per year to the new journal.

Career History
Partner
2005 - Prior

K&L Gates comprises approximately 2,000 lawyers globally who practice in fully integrated offices located on five continents. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals.

Judicial Clerk
2004 - 2005

The court is composed of sixteen judges and is based at the Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is one of thirteen United States courts of appeals. Elena Kagan is the circuit justice for the Sixth Circuit.[1] William Howard Taft, the only person ever to serve as both President and Chief Justice of the United States, once served on the circuit. Four judges of the Sixth Circuit have been elevated to serve on the Supreme Court.

Arbitrator
Prior

American Arbitration Association provides conflict management and dispute resolution services. It provides a forum for the hearing of disputes, rules, and procedures, and a roster of impartial experts to resolve cases. In addition to dispute resolution services, the American Arbitration Association offers training and helps develop arbitration and mediation systems. It maintains offices in the U.S. and one in Ireland; in addition, it works with arbitration groups located in other countries. It was founded in 1926 and is located in New York, NY.

Boards & Committees
Member, Global Diversity Committee
Current

K&L Gates comprises approximately 2,000 lawyers globally who practice in fully integrated offices located on five continents. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals.

Member, State Litigation Advisory Committee
Tenure Unconfirmed

The U.S. Chamber Litigation Center is a nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that advocates on behalf of the Chamber and its members for the fair treatment of business in the courts and before regulatory agencies.

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