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Nicholas Ranjan

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Mr. Ranjan is a commercial litigator, whose practice focuses on energy/oil & gas, arbitration, class action defense, and appellate litigation. He has been selected by Chambers USA as one of the top commercial litigators in Pennsylvania since 2014, with clients commending his “creative approach and responsiveness.”

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Ranjan counsels energy clients in crisis management events, including serving as lead for on-site response, litigation management, and insurance/cost recovery.

Mr. Ranjan serves as the pro bono coordinator for the firm’s Pittsburgh office. 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.

Energy/Oil & Gas
Mr. Ranjan’s energy 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.

Mr. Ranjan is 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.

Complex Litigation and Class Action Defense
Mr. Ranjan’s class action defense experience includes litigating in state and federal courts a variety of consumer, health-care, statutory, government-enforcement “tag along,” oil and gas/royalty, CSST product liability, and employment-related class actions. He has handled class certification proceedings and has negotiated complex classwide settlements.

He has counseled clients on cybersecurity and telecommunications class action liabilities and risks, including those associated with cyber data breaches and those associated with text messaging and junk faxes under the TCPA. He has represented private equity clients in conducting due diligence associated with class action liabilities. He has also advised clients and published articles on the use of arbitration/class waiver agreements as a means to reduce class-action liability.

In addition to his energy and class-action experience, Mr. Ranjan has handled a number of other complex commercial disputes, ranging from false advertising, intellectual property, catastrophic injury, trade secret, corporate raiding, transportation/3PL, insurance coverage, ERISA, and Title IX-related litigation. He 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.

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 state courts, including in the Pennsylvania, Ohio, and California state appellate 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 also frequently provides advice to K&L Gates’ trial teams across the country in formulating post-trial motion and appellate strategy.

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 serves as an elder at his church, serves on the Jack Heinz Society of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and serves as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Litigation Center (state litigation advisory committee).

Mr. Ranjan has been selected by Chambers USA as one of the top commercial litigators in Pennsylvania. He has also 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.

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