Nick Reaves


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J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, Order of the Coif
B.A., Economics and Political Science, University of Notre Dame

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Honorable Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith

Nick Reaves serves as legal counsel at Becket. He focuses his practice on First Amendment and appellate litigation and has argued multiple cases in both the federal appellate and district courts. While at Becket, Nick has worked on the merits of precedent-setting cases in the United States Supreme Court and in several United States Courts of Appeal. Nick has counseled health care providers seeking to protect their right to religious accommodations (New York v. HHS), represented foster parents and a faith-based foster care agency targeted for their religious beliefs in the Supreme Court (Fulton v. City of Philadelphia), and provided crucial support to a Buddhist prisoner who was denied his First Amendment rights in the execution chamber (Murphy v. Collier). Nick’s writings have been published by the Yale Law Journal ForumSCOTUSblog, and the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, among others. He has also been featured in numerous television and radio interviews and been quoted by the Washington Post, the Washington Examiner, NBC News, Bloomberg Law, the Detroit News, and the San Antonio Express, among others.

Before joining Becket, Nick was a litigation associate in Washington, D.C. at the international law firm Jones Day. His practice included both appellate and trial court litigation. While at the firm, Nick argued cases in both the federal appellate and district courts, helped counsel clients in numerous bet-the-company matters, and oversaw a sensitive internal investigation which could have exposed a Fortune 100 company to billions of dollars in liability. Nick also clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for the Honorable Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith.

Nick graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2015. He served on the Managing Board of the Virginia Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif (top 10% of the class). While in law school, Nick published a note on crisis chaplaincy programs which won the $4,000 first prize in the Founding Fathers’ Religious Liberty writing competition. He also participated in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at the University of Virginia and studied professional ethics in Germany and Poland as a member of FASPE (Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics). Nick graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Economics and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame.