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Nicholas Ranjan

Partner
+1.412.355.8618
Fax +1.412.355.6501
Mr. Ranjan’s practice focuses on appellate and complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on energy law, class action defense, and domestic arbitration.

He has been selected by Chambers USA as one of the top commercial litigators in Pennsylvania multiple times, with clients commending his “creative approach and responsiveness.” He has also been selected as a fellow with The Litigation Counsel of America, which is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

Mr. Ranjan is the pro bono coordinator for the firm’s Pittsburgh office. During his time in this position, the Allegheny County Bar Association awarded the firm the pro bono law firm of the year award. He also is the chairman of the Pittsburgh office’s diversity committee and is a member of the K&L Gates global diversity committee. He is active in leading diversity initiatives within the firm and in the community. For these efforts, he was a recipient of the Leadership Excellence Award, awarded by the Pittsburgh Leadership Conference.

Appellate Litigation
Mr. Ranjan has represented clients in appeals before five different federal appellate courts, and has briefed, argued, or consulted on numerous appeals in federal and state appellate courts, including in the Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, and West Virginia supreme courts. He has been commended by the Third Circuit on several occasions in written opinions for his appellate advocacy, and in one case, the Third Circuit appointed him to serve individually as an amicus curiae to assist the court. He also previously served by appointment to the Second Circuit’s pro bono panel.

Mr. Ranjan is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Litigation Center (state litigation advisory committee), advising the Chamber of Commerce on appellate amicus involvement throughout the country, and has served as counsel of record for the Chamber in the California and Ohio Supreme Courts, as well.

Mr. Ranjan has also given presentations with a number of other appellate practitioners and judges, providing advice on effective appellate advocacy and oral argument strategy. And, since 2010, he has been one of the authors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Third Circuit treatise.

Complex Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
Mr. Ranjan’s complex litigation experience is varied, across a number of different industries and before a number of state and federal courts. One area of his focus is on class action defense, where he has had experience litigating a variety of consumer, health-care, statutory, government-enforcement “tag along,” oil and gas, product liability, and mass tort class actions. He has handled class certification proceedings and has negotiated complex classwide settlements.

Mr. Ranjan is also qualified to act as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and is qualified to serve individually and on panels concerning commercial disputes, oil and gas disputes, and consumer disputes, among other matters. Additionally, Mr. Ranjan has an active domestic arbitration practice. Within the last five years, Mr. Ranjan has been lead counsel for claimants and respondents in over fifteen AAA, common law, and free form arbitrations. In many of these cases, Mr. Ranjan initially compelled the matter from court to arbitration. Six of these cases were taken to a full award.

Mr. Ranjan also has an active pro bono practice, representing prisoners, criminal defendants, and religious entities in free speech, religious liberties, civil rights, criminal, and habeas cases, both at the trial level and on appeal. Several of these cases have garnered local and national media attention.

Energy/Oil & Gas
Within the energy sector, Mr. Ranjan’s experience includes representing natural-gas operators, pipeline companies, non-operating interest owners, and drilling and completions companies in royalty calculation and class action matters, lease disputes, joint-venture disputes, surface-use disputes, seismic-testing disputes, pooling/unitization disputes, wastewater disputes, tax disputes, injunction proceedings, nuisance matters, insurance coverage matters, and other land-use litigation.

Mr. Ranjan has also represented energy and industrial clients in multiple crisis management events, having advised clients on on-site response and investigatory efforts, insurance and cost recovery, and litigation management.

Professional Background

From 2004-2005, Mr. Ranjan was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Deborah L. Cook of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

From 2003-2004, Mr. Ranjan was the “Simon Karas Fellow” with the Ohio Attorney General solicitor’s office, which was a one-year fellowship in which he assisted in the briefing of major appeals before the Ohio Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Court, and Sixth Circuit.

Professional/Civic Activities

Mr. Ranjan has been an active mentor for Pittsburgh-area middle-school, high-school, and law-school students, and has been featured by various local news outlets, Duquesne University, and the United Way for his mentoring activities.

He has served as an elder at his church, served on the Jack Heinz Society and the Institutional Relationships subcommittee of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and served as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Litigation Center (state litigation advisory committee). Mr. Ranjan also has served as a board member and chairman of the managing committee of the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition.

Mr. Ranjan has been selected by Chambers USA as one of the top commercial litigators in Pennsylvania. He has been selected as a fellow with The Litigation Counsel of America, which is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. He also previously served as a fellow with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Mr. Ranjan is also an accomplished classical and jazz violinist of over 30 years.