Ragan Naresh litigates complex civil disputes nationwide, with a focus on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) and class action practice. Ragan has represented clients in a wide variety of such cases, with substantial experience in the energy, agriculture, and telecommunications sectors. Ragan represents clients from pre-litigation counseling, through the briefing and discovery process, and through trial and appeal, as necessary.
Ragan has achieved numerous significant outcomes for his clients. For example, Ragan was recently recognized for his work in obtaining a favorable ruling on class certification for EQT in Ohio in a case alleging trespass and conversion of oil and gas rights. Ragan also obtained a series of favorable rulings for client Chesapeake Energy in Ohio, including entry of summary judgment in two certified statewide class actions. Ragan frequently lectures on class actions at the D.C. Bar and the Federal Bar Association and has written numerous articles on that topic. Several years ago, Ragan was recognized by Law360 as one of six attorneys nationwide as a “Rising Star” for his work in class action litigation. His work has been recognized by Super Lawyers, where he was named a “Rising Star” five times, and by The Legal 500 for his work in energy litigation and false advertising litigation.
Ragan serves on the board of directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and maintains an active pro bono practice. For example, Ragan and a team of Kirkland lawyers, in partnership with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, recently won a precedent-setting judgment holding neo-Nazi defendants liable for hate crimes and harassment after Kirkland’s client was elected as the first female African- American student body president of American University. Ragan also represents clients in immigration and asylum proceedings on a pro bono basis.
Ragan also serves as the hiring partner in Kirkland’s Washington, D.C., office.
“Marketability and Enhancement in the Utica,” Dan Donovan, Ragan Naresh and Holly Trogdon, Landman Magazine, (May, June 2022)
“Class Action Settlement Approval in an Era of Heightened Judicial Scrutiny,” Dan Donovan, Ragan Naresh and Carrie J. Bodner, New York Law Journal (February 27, 2019)
“Mitigating Energy Litigation Where Gaps in Jurisprudence Exist,” Dan Donovan, Ragan Naresh and Alexandra Caritis, Texas Lawyer (August 10, 2018)
Up and Coming: Oil & Gas Litigation, Chambers USA, 2023
Energy Litigation, The Legal 500, 2019–2023
“Litigator of the Week” runners-up by The American Lawyer Litigation Daily for class certification denial in a case involving more than 1,200 oil and gas leases in the Southern District of Ohio on behalf of client Rice Drilling D, LLC
Kirkland & Ellis LLP Pro Bono Service Award
Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014–present
Rising Star, Class Action Litigation, Law360
Memberships & Affiliations
Faculty at D.C. Bar and Federal Bar Association in CLE courses related to class action litigation developments
Faculty at D.C. Bar on litigation skills training
Adjunct Professor of Law, Catholic University Law School
Admissions & Qualifications
- 2008New York
- 2008District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the District of North Dakota
- United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.magna cum laude2007Order of the Coif
- Tulane UniversityB.A., Political Economy & German Studies2001