Nicholas M. Ruge

Partner Litigation


Nick Ruge is a partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office. Nick represents clients in a wide range of disputes in federal and state courts across the country, with recent experience in complex litigation involving the False Claims Act, bankruptcy, contract, antitrust, securities, and constitutional law. He has extensive experience at all stages of litigation, including winning bet-the-company cases on dispositive motions, at trial, and on appeal.

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 District of Columbia 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)


Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award, 2018–2020

Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono All Star Award, 2018

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
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • 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