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ABOUT JERAD

Jerad Najvar (“nay-var”) is the founder and principal attorney at Najvar Law Firm. The Firm specializes in the expanding and increasingly important area of political law, with a special emphasis on campaign finance, First Amendment and other constitutional litigation, and all manner of election-related disputes.


Campaign finance and First Amendment litigation

 

Jerad established Najvar Law Firm (NLF) with a specific goal in mind: protecting the political rights of individuals and groups from the steady assault of campaign finance “reform” groups who work tirelessly to increase Government authority over political activity. Since opening the doors of NLF in 2010, the Firm has established itself on the cutting edge of Texas and federal campaign finance law. Jerad has been described as a “prominent Republican lawyer” by the Texas Tribune. SeeAG’s Office Probing Valley Election Fraud Claims,” Texas Tribune (Jul. 24, 2015). His commentary has been published in The Washington Times, and he has been consulted by journalists in various Texas media such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and The Monitor.

 

Most notably, Jerad served as co-counsel to plaintiff Shaun McCutcheon in McCutcheon v. FEC, 134 S. Ct. 1434 (2014), a landmark case decided by the United States Supreme Court in April 2014. In McCutcheon, the Court struck down the federal aggregate limits on contributions to candidates, PACs and parties as a violation of the First Amendment.

 

Jerad also led a successful constitutional challenge to a Texas law that had imposed a waiting period on certain new political committees. In the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Jerad argued that time is of the essence in politics, and government may never impose a waiting period burdening the rights of an association to fund election speech. The Fifth Circuit agreed, holding the Texas law, which had been on the books since 1987, to be facially unconstitutional. See Catholic Leadership Coalition of Texas v. Reisman, 764 F.3d 409 (5th Cir. 2014).

 

In January 2015, NLF secured a decision striking down a Houston law that had prohibited city candidates from fundraising until the last nine months before Election Day. Gordon v. City of Houston, Tex., 79 F. Supp. 3d 676 (S.D. Tex. 2015).

 

In addition to litigation, Jerad represents clients with matters before the Federal Election Commission and Texas Ethics Commission, and has spearheaded innovative initiatives using the advisory opinion process. He recently secured approval for text-to-donate technology under Texas law, clearing the way for state and local campaigns to harness the latest fundraising technology.

 

In May 2014, Jerad moderated a panel discussion entitled “Free Speech in America” at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, featuring the plaintiffs from the two most recent landmark campaign finance decisions from the United States Supreme Court: Shaun McCutcheon and David Bossie of Citizens United.

 

Employing this subject-matter expertise, NLF advises officeholders, candidates, PACs, and individuals under Texas and Federal campaign finance and election law.

 

Election and other political disputes

 

NLF has quickly built a reputation for aggressively prosecuting election and other political disputes. After a four-day election contest trial in March 2014, NLF secured a judgment in favor of a candidate for municipal office in Weslaco, Texas, ordering a new election due to voter fraud and pervasive violations of certain disclosure provisions related to handling mail-in ballots. NLF successfully defended the judgment on appeal, securing an important precedent from the Corpus Christi Court of Appeals in the fight against voter fraud statewide. Rivera v. Lopez, No. 13-14-00581-CV, 2014 WL 8843788 (May 14, 2014).

 

In another Hidalgo County case, Jerad successfully represented two members of the Hidalgo City Council who had been sued by another fellow councilmember. The plaintiff in that case, Palmas v. Sanchez, had asked the court to enjoin the defendant councilmembers from voting on matters affecting the plaintiffs’ business interests. Specifically, the plaintiff city councilmember wanted to prevent NLF’s clients from voting to approve a permit for a bus company that would compete with plaintiffs’ buses at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. Najvar first successfully established that, pursuant to the constitutional separation of powers, the court did not have the power to enjoin his clients from voting as members of city council. Later, after the district judge chased NLF’s clients down the freeway and pulled them over, Najvar secured his recusal, and then secured dismissal of the entire lawsuit.

 

General background

 

Jerad graduated from the University of Houston Law Center, with honors, in 2008. He studied political science at Texas A&M University in College Station, graduating with high honors in 2003. Prior to forming NLF, Jerad practiced commercial litigation for a well-regarded firm in Houston.

 

After graduating from Texas A&M, Jerad worked in Washington, D.C. for two years, starting as a congressional intern and ending as a legislative aide to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison with responsibility for defense and veterans affairs issues. He returned to Washington for a summer during law school, serving as a law clerk on the Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator John Cornyn.

 

NLF clients benefit from Jerad’s practical campaign experience. In 2008, he helped oversee the daily operations of eighteen campaigns for various offices in the Harris County area.

 

Jerad was honored to assist in 2010 with research and legal analysis for Texas Governor Rick Perry's book Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington. Fed Up was published by Little, Brown in November 2010.

Jerad Najvar

EDUCATION

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, cum laude, 2008
  • Articles Editor, Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy, 2007-08
  • B.A., Political Science, Texas A&M University, magna cum laude, 2003

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Texas

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern, Northern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

MEMBERSHIPS

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies The Republican National Lawyers Association World Affairs Council of Houston

CONTACT

Najvar Law Firm
4151 Southwest Freeway
Suite 625
Houston, TX 77027
p: (281) 404-4696
e: jerad@najvarlaw.com