Nick Reaves joined Becket in 2018 as legal counsel. Before that, he worked as a commercial litigator at Jones Day in Washington, D.C. While at Jones Day, Nick’s practice included both trial and appellate work with a focus on appellate brief writing. Nick has argued an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, served as the primary brief writer for a Supreme Court amicus brief on a key Fourth Amendment issue, and worked on multiple First Amendment matters. From 2015 to 2016, Nick clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Nick graduated summa cum laude from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2015, where he served on the Managing Board of the Virginia Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Nick wrote a student note on crisis chaplaincy programs that won the Founding Fathers Religious Liberty Writing Contest and was published in the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law. He also participated in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic and studied professional ethics in Germany and Poland with FASPE (the Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics). Before going to law school, Nick received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. Nick and his wife enjoy hiking, traveling, and playing disc golf together.