Mr. Chad W. Dunn is the director of litigation for the UCLA Voting Rights Project in the Luskin School of Public Affairs. He has extensive experience handling trial and appellate cases of nearly every nature. Chad has argued dozens of 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. He has handled appeals before many federal and state courts of appeals including the Texas Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Chad has handled cases of nearly every nature in state and federal courts around the country.
Chad is well known for his cases concerning voting and civil rights. He was recently one of the lead trial attorneys in a successful case against Texas to prevent it from purging its voter rolls of naturalized U.S. Citizens. Chad also was one of the main trial attorneys for the plaintiffs in the Texas Voter ID case and 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 is an expert in apportionment and redistricting, serving as lead counsel in the Texas statewide redistricting cases as well as having tried numerous vote dilution lawsuits against jurisdictions large and small. He has tried three-judge federal court cases in D.C. and Texas and is currently counsel in several vote denial and vote dilution cases including a case against Florida for denying the right to vote for persons who have completed a criminal sentence.
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 or 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 and 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 had the distinction as 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 is often invited to speak around the country about trial practice, federal court 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 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 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, and 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.