Brian Ruocco
 

Brian Ruocco represents clients in complex litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels. Prior to joining WTO, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ronald Gilman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and to the Honorable Kevin McNulty of the U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

During law school, Brian participated in several externships and summer internships, gaining valuable hands-on experience representing clients in court, handling discovery, and drafting memoranda and briefs. During this time, he was also Executive Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, a member of the Williams Institute Moot Court team, and earned a certificate in management from the Wharton School of Business. Brian graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif.  

Prior to law school, Brian participated in the Teach For America program, teaching special education and 8th grade American History.

Other Experience

Dechert LLP
    Federal Appellate Litigation Extern
Ropes & Gray
    Summer Associate

Personal Interests

Hiking, LGBTQ literature, rescue dogs


Representative Cases
  • Represented an indigent client before the Third Circuit in a case regarding his removal order.
  • Represented a transgender woman seeking asylum in the U.S on a pro bono basis.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Other Experience

Dechert LLP
    Federal Appellate Litigation Extern
Ropes & Gray
    Summer Associate

Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Ronald Gilman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Law Clerk to the Honorable Kevin McNulty, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Legal Intern, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Fraud Section

Personal Interests

Hiking, LGBTQ literature, rescue dogs

Articles/Presentations
  • Articles
  • Our Antitotalitarian Constitution and the Right to Identity, 165 U. Pa. L. Rev. 193 (2016)
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2017, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Executive Editor, Wharton Certificate in Management
  • Cornell University, B.A. 2011, Government, Phi Beta Kappa, Dean’s List
Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Ronald Gilman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Law Clerk to the Honorable Kevin McNulty, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Legal Intern, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Fraud Section

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit