Chad DeVeaux's primary areas of practice are commercial litigation, class actions, constitutional law, First Amendment and anti-SLAPP litigation, administrative law, white collar crime, antitrust, and unfair competition litigation.

Mr. DeVeaux brings a wealth of experience to AALRR. Before joining the firm, he spent seven years as a Constitutional Law professor at Concordia University School of Law and Western State University and six years as a commercial litigator, most recently at DLA Piper in San Francisco. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of horizontal federalism—the law governing the delineation of powers between the governments of different states. He is best known for his work on the dormant Commerce Clause and its applicability to multi-state class actions, environmental regulations, and marijuana laws.

Mr. DeVeaux is experienced in civil, criminal, and appellate litigation. He is particularly accomplished in constitutional law cases. He has been on the winning side of decisions involving the First Amendment, California’s anti-SLAPP statute, the dormant Commerce Clause, procedural and substantive due process, administrative law, housing rights, conflict of laws, the separation of powers, and federal enclave law. He also specializes in Federal Indian law.

Honors & Recognitions

  • 2012-13 Professor of the Year, Concordia University School of Law
  • Dean Joseph O’Meara Award
  • Best Law School Exam/Paper (equivalent of AmJur or CALI award): Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Federal Indian Law

Representative Matters

  • Hillside Dairy, Inc. v. Lyons, 539 U.S. 59 (2003).
  • Att’y Gen. v. Clarke, (2008) ZLR [SC] (Zambia).
  • S.B. Beach Prop. v. Berti, 39 Cal. 4th 374 (2006).
  • Swords to Plowshares v. Kemp, 423 F. Supp. 2d 1031 (N.D. Cal. 2005).
  • Shugart v. OEA, Inc., 2005 WL 1503812 (Cal. App. 2005).
  • Evanston Insur. Co. v. OEA, Inc., 2005 WL 3500799 (E.D. Cal. 2005).
  • Swords to Plowshares v. Kemp, 2005 WL 3882063 (N.D. Cal. 2005).
  • Hillside Dairy, Inc. v. Kawamura, 317 F. Supp. 2d 1194 (E.D. Cal. 2004).
  • Clearstream Communications, Inc. v. Murray, 2003 WL 24309646 (E.D. Cal. 2003).
  • Swords to Plowshares v. Smith, 294 F. Supp. 2d 1067 (N.D. Cal. 2002).

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

Mr. DeVeaux has provided commentary on constitutional law matters for C-SPAN, the Washington Post blog, The Volokh Conspiracy, for NPR affiliate KBSX, for ABC affiliate KIVI, for Sirius XM’s POTUS program, and for the legal blog PrawfsBlawg.

Recent Speaking Engagements include:

  • One Toke Too Far?: The Horizontal-Federalism Implications of Marijuana Legalization, Boston College Law Review Symposium, Boston College School of Law, Newton, MA (forthcoming 2017) (co-organizer and panelist); Co-Panelists: Jessica Berch, Lea Brilmayer, Erwin Chemerinsky, Jack Chin, Katherine Florey, and Mark Rosen.
  • Problem-Solving Courts, Conference on Criminal Justice Reform, Concordia University School of Law, in partnership with the U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho and the Federal Defender Services of Idaho, Boise, ID (June 6, 2016) (moderator).
  • One Toke Over the (State) Line, Law and Society Conference; New Orleans, LA (June 2, 2016) (co-chair and panelist).
  • Commencement Speaker, Concordia University School of Law Spring Commencement 2016, Boise, ID (May 14, 2015).
  • Commencement Speaker, Concordia University School of Law Winter Commencement 2015, Boise, ID (Dec. 18, 2015).
  • Congressional Dysfunction and Executive Lawmaking during the Obama Administration, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting Academic Symposium, Washington, DC (Jan. 5, 2015) (panelist).


  • One Toke Too Far: The Demise of the Dormant Commerce Clause’s Extraterritoriality Doctrine Threatens the Marijuana Legalization Experiment, 58 B.C. L. Rev. 953 (2017) (Boston College Law Review Symposium) (Symposium Co-Organizer).
  • Fear and Loathing in Colorado: Invoking the Supreme Court’s State-Controversy Jurisdiction to Challenge the Marijuana-Legalization Experiment, 56 B.C. L. Rev. 1829 (2015) (with Anne Mostad-Jensen).
  • The Fourth Zone of Presidential Power: Analyzing the Debt-Ceiling Standoffs Through the Prism of Youngstown Steel, 47 Conn. L. Rev. 395 (2014).
    • Cited by Williams v. Lew, 819 F.3d 466, 470 (D.C. Cir. 2016).
  • A Tale of Two Searches: Intrusive Civil-Discovery Rules Violate the Fourth Amendment, 46 Conn. L. Rev. 1083 (2014).
  • Trapped in the Amber: State Common Law, Employee Rights, and Federal Enclaves, 77 Brook. L. Rev. 499 (2012).
    • Cited by JAAAT Tech. Servs., LLC v. Tetra Tech Tesoro, Inc., 2016 WL 1271039, *5, *7 (E.D. Va. Mar. 29, 2016).
  • Lost in the Dismal Swamp: Interstate Class Actions, False Federalism, and the Dormant Commerce Clause, 79 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 995 (2011).
    • Cited by S.C. Johnson, Inc. v. Transp. Corp. of Am., Inc., 697 F.3d 544, 557 (7th Cir. 2012).
  • Rationalizing the Constitution: The Military Commissions Act and the Dubious Legacy of Ex Parte Quirin, 42 Akron L. Rev. 13 (2009)

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • St. Thomas More Society, Member
  • Harvard Alumni Association, Member
  • Notre Dame Alumni Association, Member


LL.M., Harvard Law School
J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School
B.A., Bowling Green State University


  • 2001, California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Courts, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
    U.S. Supreme Court
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