Nicholas M. Ruge

Associate Litigation


Nick Ruge is a litigation associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He represents clients throughout all stages of litigation in federal and state courts across the country, as well as in governmental and internal investigations. He has drafted successful dispositive motions in cases involving the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, antitrust law, commercial law, constitutional law, and tort law.

Nick received Kirkland’s 2018 Pro Bono Service Award and 2018 Pro Bono All Star Award for his representation of the military service member plaintiffs in Karnoski v. Trump, including before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Before joining the firm, Nick served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


Thought Leadership


Note, The Substantive Waiver Doctrine in Employment Arbitration Law, 130 HARV. L. REV. 2205 (2017)

Recent Case, Fifth Circuit Strikes Down Voter ID Law Based on Disparate Impact, 129 HARV. L. REV. 1128 (2016)

Memberships & Affiliations

Ambassadors Board, Legal Aid Chicago

Lawyers in the Classroom, Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2017Illinois


  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2017

    Harvard Law Review, Articles Editor

    Harvard Immigration Response Initiative, Litigation Team

  • Northwestern UniversityB.A., American Studies & Political Sciencesumma cum laude2012

    Phi Beta Kappa

    President, Political Union debate society

    Brady Scholar in Ethics and Civic Life