Nicholas Ranjan
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
July 12, 2019
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byKim R. Gibson
Personal details
Born1978 (age 45–46)
Lancaster, Ohio, U.S.
EducationGrove City College (BA)
University of Michigan (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 graduated from Grove City College in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude. He then attended the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a note editor of the Michigan Law Review. He graduated in 2003 with a Juris Doctor, cum laude.[1]


Ranjan 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.[1]

From 2005 to 2019, Ranjan was an equity partner in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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.[1]

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. PresidentTrump nominated Ranjan to the seat vacated by Judge Kim R. Gibson, who assumed senior status on June 3, 2016.[2] On November 13, 2018, a hearing on his nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[3]

On January 3, 2019, his nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate, which provides that nominations not acted upon during a session are considered to have expired.[4] On January 23, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to renominate Ranjan for a federal judgeship.[5] His nomination was sent to the Senate later that day.[6] On February 7, 2019, his nomination was reported out of committee by an 18–4 vote.[7] On July 9, 2019, the Senate invoked cloture on his nomination by an 83–15 vote.[8] On July 10, 2019, his nomination was confirmed by an 80–14 vote.[9] He received judicial commission on July 12, 2019.[10]

Notable rulings

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.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "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". – via National Archives.
  2. ^ "Two Nominations and One Withdrawal Sent to the Senate Today". – via National Archives.
  3. ^ "Nominations | United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary". 13 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Rules of the Senate". Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  5. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Judicial Nominees". – via National Archives.
  6. ^ "Nominations Sent to the Senate". – via National Archives.
  7. ^ "Results of Executive Business Meeting – February 7, 2019, Senate Judiciary Committee" (PDF).
  8. ^ "On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture: J. Nicholas Ranjan to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania)".
  9. ^ "On the Nomination (Confirmation J. Nicholas Ranjan, of Pennsylvania, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania)".
  10. ^ Nicholas Ranjan at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  11. ^ Katelyn Polantz (13 August 2020). "Judge orders Trump campaign to produce evidence of voter fraud in Pennsylvania". CNN.
  12. ^ "Federal judge issues stay in Trump challenge of mail balloting in Pennsylvania". Reuters. August 24, 2020 – via
  13. ^ "Federal judge in Pennsylvania denies Trump campaign voting policy challenges in major ruling". October 10, 2020 – via CNN.
  14. ^ Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, No. 149 MM 2020. In Re: November 3, 2020 General Election. SUBMITTED: October 16, 2020. OPINION: Justice Todd. DECIDED: October 23, 2020 .
Legal offices Preceded byKim R. Gibson Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania 2019–present Incumbent