Chad W. Dunn, J.D. is one of the co-founders of the UCLA Voting Rights Project and serves as its Director of Litigation. As lead counsel, Chad handles the VRP’s pending cases. Chad is an expert on Voting Rights, Election Law, Reapportionment, and Redistricting. He has litigated and tried numerous federal and state election cases around the county. Along with Matt Barreto, Ph.D., Chad teaches and directs UCLA VRP students in a yearly multi-disciplinary course and clinic that includes law students, public policy students, and students of the social sciences.
Chad is presently lead counsel in the state and federal cases challenging Texas’s efforts to limit who can vote by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chad is also one of two court appointed class counsel in a federal class action case challenging Florida’s efforts to prevent formerly convicted felons who have served their sentences from voting. Chad was recently one of the lead trial attorneys in a successful federal case against Texas to prevent it from purging its voter rolls of naturalized U.S. Citizens. Chad was also one of the main trial attorneys for the plaintiffs in the widely publicized Texas Voter ID case, and he argued the case three different times at the Fifth Circuit, including once en banc. He served as lead counsel of record before the U.S. Supreme Court in that case and many others. Chad has helped try several preclearance cases before special three judge courts in Washington, D.C., winning injunctions against discriminatory voting methods and maps.
Chad has extensive experience handling trial and appellate cases of nearly every nature. He has argued more than two dozen times before the federal circuit courts. He has tried, as lead counsel, dozens of jury cases and has secured million dollar verdicts in a variety of matters in various states. He has tried numerous special three judge federal court cases and has handled appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and state supreme courts.
Chad has extensive experience in other areas of civil rights. He has successfully tried and argued cases involving prison and confinement conditions, wrongful police action, sex, race, and ethnicity discrimination, as well as cases concerning government infringement on First Amendment rights. Chad currently represents several governmental units being sued in efforts to roll back civil rights and is one of the lead attorneys representing 15 sexual assault victims pursuing Title IX claims against Baylor University.
Chad has received numerous awards and recognitions. In 2016, he was named by Texas Lawyer as one of three finalists for Attorney of the Year. In 2013, Texas Lawyer listed him as one of its top 25 lawyers under the age of 40. He has been named in Super Lawyers since 2004. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a prestigious group limited only to attorneys who have tried numerous jury cases. Early in his career, Chad held the distinction of being one of the youngest applicants to earn a Board Certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, having tried as first chair more than ten jury trials in his first five years of practice.
Chad publishes academic works on matters of constitutional law and voting rights. He is often invited to speak around the country about trial practice, federal courts, and civil/voting rights. He has lectured at universities around the country and is often included on panels of the Voting Rights Institute at Georgetown University. His cases routinely garner nationwide media attention, and he has been interviewed both on and off camera by ABC, FOX, MSNBC, ESPN, and other national and local broadcast outlets. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and several other local print media and newspapers.
Chad graduated with a B.A. in Government from University of Texas at Austin and holds a J.D. from South Texas College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia, as well as numerous federal and circuit courts around the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Chad’s law firm, Brazil & Dunn, LLP has offices in Austin, Houston and Miami.