J. Nicholas Ranjan
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania|
|Assumed office |
July 12, 2019
|Appointed by||Donald Trump|
|Preceded by||Kim R. Gibson|
Jagan Nicholas Ranjan
1978 (age 40–41)
Lancaster, Ohio, U.S.
|Education||Grove City College (BA)|
University of Michigan Law School (JD)
Jagan Nicholas Ranjan (born 1978) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Ranjan earned his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Grove City College and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a note editor of the Michigan Law Review.
He started his legal career by serving as a law clerk to Judge Deborah L. Cook of the United States 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.
From 2005 to 2019, Ranjan was an equity partner in the Pittsburgh office of K&L Gates, where he litigated commercial, energy, and appellate matters. While at K&L Gates, he 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.
Awards and recognition
Ranjan 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.
Federal judicial service
On July 13, 2018, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Ranjan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. On July 24, 2018, his nomination was sent to the Senate. President Trump nominated Ranjan to the seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania vacated by Judge Kim R. Gibson, who took senior status on June 3, 2016. On November 13, 2018, a hearing on his nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
On January 3, 2019, his nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate. On January 23, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to renominate Ranjan for a federal judgeship. His nomination was sent to the Senate later that day. On February 7, 2019, his nomination was reported out of committee by a 18–4 vote. On July 9, 2019, the United States Senate voted 83–15 to invoke cloture on his nomination. On July 10, 2019, his nomination was confirmed by a vote of 80–14. He received judicial commission on July 12, 2019.
- "President Donald J. Trump Announces Sixteenth Wave of Judicial Nominees, Sixteenth Wave of United States Attorney Nominees, and Eleventh Wave of United States Marshal Nominees" White House, July 13, 2018 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- "Two Nominations and One Withdrawal Sent to the Senate Today", White House, July 24, 2018
- United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for November 13, 2018
- "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Judicial Nominees", White House, January 23, 2019
- "Nominations Sent to the Senate", White House, January 23, 2019
- Results of Executive Business Meeting – February 7, 2019, Senate Judiciary Committee
- Roll Call Vote 116th Congress - 1st Session United States Senate Vote Summary: Vote Number 194, United States Senate, July 9, 2019
- Roll Call Vote 116th Congress - 1st Session United States Senate Vote Summary: Vote Number 196, United States Senate, July 10, 2019
- Nicholas Ranjan at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Kim R. Gibson
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
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