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Ragan Naresh

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Ragan Naresh is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office. Ragan's practice focuses on complex civil litigation in a variety of industries and legal contexts—including biotech, energy, telecommunications and entertainment, and pharmaceutical and nutritional products. Ragan routinely represents clients in class action litigation, and frequently lectures on issues related to class action litigation. Ragan’s work has been recognized by Law360, where he was named a “Rising Star” in class action litigation, and by SuperLawyers, where he has been named a “Rising Star” each year since 2014.


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007, Order of the Coif; Tulane University, B.A., Political Economy & German Studies, 2001.

United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: oil and gas

Within: Energy litigation: oil and gas

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's impressive track record of work in the oil and gas space includes representation in industry-wide criminal antitrust cases, cases arising from oil spills and those concerning refinery explosions. Anna Rotman (Houston), Daniel Donovan (DC) and Matthew Regan (Chicago) are key contacts for the firm's litigation practice. The team handled significant work for BP in 2018; in an ongoing matter, Regan and others act for the client in civil litigation and appeals arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion and fire, which resulted in an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In DC, Ragan Naresh and Donovan are representing defendant Chesapeake Appalachia in a lawsuit brought by some lessors of land in Wyoming alleging violations of well-density and pooling requirements, the underpayment of royalties, and failure to operate for the mutual benefit of the parties. Chicago-based senior litigation partner Richard Godfrey is also recommended. Of counsel Nicholas Gladd (DC), who has expertise in both regulatory and contentious matters, joined from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in March 2019.

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