Jerad Najvar is principal attorney at Najvar Law Firm, which specializes in constitutional and election litigation with a particular focus on campaign finance.
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. Najvar Law Firm also focuses on Texas election contests.
Jerad graduated from Texas A&M University in 2003 and earned his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2008.