- B.A. University of Texas at Austin 1999
- J.D. South Texas College of Law 2002
Chad Dunn, a nationally known civil and voting rights attorney, is the co-founder and co-director of the UCLA Voting Rights Project. He has received national attention for his trial and appellate work on voting rights, redistricting, sex discrimination under Title IX, prison conditions, police conduct, and government ethics.
Mr. Dunn was one of the trial attorneys in the three-judge federal court cases in Washington D.C. and San Antonio concerning Texas' 2011 state house, senate, and congressional redistricting plans. He was a lead trial lawyer in the three-judge federal case in Washington D.C. concerning Texas' voter photo identification law, in which the court enjoined Texas from implementing the law under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. After the Supreme Court effectively eliminated Section 5 with its opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, Mr. Dunn was a lead counsel in the second federal court challenge to Texas's ID law, which ultimately resulted in the law being struck down again. In 2019, he successfully challenged Texas's effort to purge naturalized citizens from its voting rolls. Most recently, Mr. Dunn has challenged Texas's denial of vote-by-mail to citizens under age 65 as being violative of the 26th Amendment, and Florida's efforts to charge fees and fines to former felons in order to register to vote in violation of the 14th Amendment.
Beyond his voting rights work, Chad is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer. He tried his first jury case within a month of being licensed to practice law and he tried ten jury cases within his first five years of practice. Since then, he has tried many more jury and non-jury cases, several of them ending in multi-million dollar verdicts. He has argued before the Fifth Circuit over two dozen times as well as before the Tenth and Eleventh Circuits. He has tried numerous cases before special federal three-judge courts. Chad has received many awards, including being named by Texas Lawyer as a finalist for Attorney of the Year in 2016, being named one of Texas Lawyer's top 25 attorneys under 40 in 2013, and has been named a Super Lawyer, for over fifteen years. He is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been a partner in his law firm, Brazil & Dunn, LLP since 2006.
Chad publishes on Voting Rights and Constitutional Law. Recently his writing and research have focused on voting during the pandemic. See Chad W. Dunn et al., Legal Theories to Compel Vote-by-Mail in Federal Court, 11 Calif. L. Rev. Online 166 (May 2020) and UCLA Voting Rights Project, Vote-By-Mail Can Save Our Democracy, But Reforms are Needed, Nw. Univ. L. Rev. Of Note, (April 30, 2020).