Nick Reaves


Twitter @NickRReaves
Education Education

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 joined Becket in 2018 as legal counsel. His work at Becket has included appellate and trial court litigation in both state and federal court. Nick has represented government entities sued for their openness to religious expression, counseled faith-based adoption agencies targeted for their religious beliefs (Buck v. Gordon), and supported a Buddhist prisoner denied First Amendment rights at the moment of death (Murphy v. Collier). Nick has also been featured in television and radio interviews on the Christian Broadcasting Network, EWTN, Relevant Radio, Washington Watch, and others, and has been quoted in numerous print media outlets including the Washington Post, the Washington Examiner, and the Detroit News.

Before joining Becket, Nick worked as a commercial litigator at Jones Day in Washington, D.C. Nick’s practice included both trial and appellate work with a focus on appellate brief writing. While at the firm, he 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 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 and published a student note on crisis chaplaincy programs that won the Founding Fathers’ Religious Liberty writing contest. He was also part of 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 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 watching Notre Dame football together.