- Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., magna cum laude, 2003)
Order of the Coif
Georgetown Law Journal, Editor of the Annual Review of Criminal Procedure
- Alfred University (B.A., communications, cum laude, 1994)
Distinguished Scholar Honors
- ABA Intellectual Property Litigation Committee
- DC Bar Media & Entertainment Law Committee
- DC Open Government Coalition (Board of Directors)
- Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) (Associate Member)
- Recognized as a Washington, DC Super Lawyer in Media and Advertising Law
- Continued DMCA Immunity Requires New Electronic Registration, LSKS Client Alert (Dec. 2016) (with S. Ward)
- Crowd Control, The Financial Manager (Nov./Dec. 2016)
- What U.S. Companies Should Know About the New Canadian Email Law (and How It Differs from the U.S. Law), LSKS Client Alert (June 2014)
- "Survey of Maryland Privacy and Related Claims Against the Media," in Annual Media Privacy & Related Law Survey (Media Law Resource Center) (with M. Sullivan)
- Courts Extend Twombly and Iqbal Standard to Actual Malice Pleading, Newsletter of the ABA Litigation Section’s First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee (Fall 2012/Winter 2013) (with S. Ward)
- Litigating Facsimile Advertising, Communications Lawyer (Nov. 2008)
Chad’s practice focuses on advising and representing new and legacy media journalists and organizations, as well as other nonprofit and for-profit entities engaged in public advocacy and speech. He has represented clients in state and federal courts around the country in contested defamation, privacy, copyright, subpoena, access, marketing, and related First Amendment matters. Chad also routinely assists journalists and advocacy organizations with pre-publication review of draft articles, scripts, and similar content, and advises clients about intellectual property and newsgathering risk.
Prior to attending law school, Chad worked as reporter at weekly and daily newspapers and at The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (BNA), covering a variety of local and national beats.
Three Amigos SJL Restaurant v. CBS News Inc., 28 N.Y.3d 82 (N.Y. 2016). Chad, together with his LSKS colleagues, defended CBS in a defamation action arising from a news report on its New York television station about a federal raid on an adult entertainment club in New York. The New York Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of three of the plaintiffs’ defamation claims against CBS. The court held that the news report was not “of and concerning” the three plaintiffs, allegedly managers of the club, as none were mentioned or otherwise reasonably understood as referred to in the report.
Williams v. The MLB Network, Inc. (N.J. Super. Ct. 2016). Chad and his LSKS colleagues successfully defended Gawker Media, LLC in a defamation suit brought by former Major League Baseball pitcher Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams, arising from news reports published on Gawker’s Deadspin website about the plaintiff’s behavior at a youth baseball tournament. The court dismissed many of the challenged statements as either protected opinion or substantially true and, following extensive discovery, granted summary judgment on the remaining statements after concluding that the public figure plaintiff could not demonstrate clear and convincing evidence of “actual malice” fault.
Biro v. Condé Nast, 807 F.3d 541 (2d Cir. 2015). Chad and his LSKS colleagues successfully defended The New Yorker and its reporter David Grann in a defamation lawsuit arising out of a profile of Canadian art authenticator Paul Biro. Affirming the trial court’s dismissal of the case, the Second Circuit held that Biro, a public figure in the world of art authentication, had failed to allege facts in his complaint that could plausibly demonstrate the defendants acted with actual malice.
Giovanniello v. ALM Media, LLC, 726 F.3d 106 (2d Cir. 2013). Chad and his LSKS colleagues successfully defended ALM Media, LLC in a putative class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act arising from facsimile transmissions allegedly sent by The Connecticut Law Tribune. The appellate court previously ruled that the claims were time barred under state law, but was forced to consider the case again after the U.S. Supreme Court decided a similar case. Chad argued on remand for affirmance on alternate grounds, relating to application of a federal tolling doctrine for class claims. The Second Circuit once again held that the claims were untimely, this time under federal law
DC Open Government Coalition v. Council of the District of Columbia (D.C. Super. 2012). Chad represented the DC Open Government Coalition in its first lawsuit, an action challenging the District of Columbia Council’s position that it had no obligation under FOIA to disclose records of public business transacted over the private email accounts of councilmembers. After the suit was filed, the Council amended its rules to require the use of official email accounts for public business and agreed to a consent order interpreting that rule to require the Council to make reasonable efforts to collect public records maintained on personal email accounts.
- Chad R. Bowman
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Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Seventh, Eighth, and District of Columbia Circuits
- U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, the Northern District of Illinois, and the District of Maryland