The U.S. Senate on July 10 confirmed Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania lawyer, J. Nicholas Ranjan, as a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the 41-year-old, a partner with K&L Gates, who was nominated by President Donald Trump, was confirmed by an 80-14 vote.
Following his confirmation, Senators Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) and Bob Casey (D-Penn.), who voted for Ranjan, released a statement asserting their faith in Ranjan and applauding the confirmation. “Nicholas Ranjan will make an excellent addition to the federal bench and I am pleased the Senate confirmed him,” said Senator Toomey.
“Mr. Ranjan’s experience as a federal law clerk and his years of working in private practice in Pittsburgh will serve him well on the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania,” said Senator Casey.
In January 2019, Trump re-nominated Ranjan upon the joint recommendation of Toomey and Casey.
The son of Indian immigrants, Ranjan was born in Lancaster, Ohio, and raised in upstate New York. He has worked at K&L Gates for 14 years, specializing in representing clients in appeals. He has argued before five different federal appellate courts and has been involved in cases in the supreme courts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, California and West Virginia.
He has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top commercial litigators in Pennsylvania multiple times, and has been a fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. While at K&L Gates, he has served on the firm’s global pro bono and diversity committees, and directed his office’s pro bono program, which was awarded “pro bono law firm of the year” in 2017 by the local bar association.
He is active in the community, serving on legal diversity and symphony boards, as well as serving as a mentor to local middle school students. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, he served as a law clerk to Judge Deborah L. Cook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Upon graduation from law school, Ranjan served as a Simon Karas Fellow with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, working with the State Solicitor General on the office’s major appeals. Ranjan earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Grove City College and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a note editor of The Michigan Law Review.