Conrad M. Shumadine has practiced in the First Amendment area for more than 35 years. He has argued First Amendment matters before the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and numerous lower courts.
Conrad is a permanent member of the faculty of the Practising Law Institute Communications Law Seminars, a yearly seminar for communications lawyers. He has lectured at seven Practising Law Institute national libel seminars. In addition, he regularly lectures at state CLE programs and to media groups throughout the United States.
In addition to practicing First Amendment law, Conrad has an active commercial litigation practice with special expertise in antitrust matters. He serves as special antitrust counsel to eight media companies. In addition to representing media companies, he has represented firms and industries varying from toys to shoes to health care.
Conrad graduated from Harvard Law School in 1967 and has an undergraduate degree from Davidson College. He is a permanent member of the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
In 2000, he served as Chairman of the Merit Selection Panel for the United States Magistrate Judge vacancy and was appointed to the 1995-96 Civil Justice Advisory Group for the United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.
He is Past President of the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association and served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Silver Star Foundation and the Virginia Public Safety Foundation. Conrad is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation and the Virginia Law Foundation.
- Assisted a small publisher in Arkansas in preventing two of its competitors from being acquired by a national media conglomerate or its agent.
- Successfully defended McClatchy Newspapers, Inc. from a challenge made to its $300 million acquisition of the News & Observer Publishing Company in Raleigh, North Carolina.
- Represented a joint venture composed of major New York Stock Exchange and private companies registered under the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993 on how the joint venture should operate to avoid antitrust difficulties.
- Assisted another New York Stock Exchange company in completing a major acquisition involving pre-merger notification pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.
- Continued to provide ongoing antitrust counseling, including antitrust compliance seminars, to a whole series of clients.
- Obtained Justice Department clearance for The Arkansas Democrat to acquire its direct competitor, The Arkansas Gazette.
- Obtained a directed verdict in favor of a nationwide toy manufacturer accused of discriminatory pricing and monopolization.
- Represented the only defendant to obtain summary judgment on price fixing and horizontal market division claims brought against four dairy companies by the Virginia Attorney General.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a nationwide newspaper chain in an antitrust action brought in the Northern District of Mississippi. The case involved claims of discriminatory pricing and predatory pricing.
- Obtained a substantial settlement and a consent decree governing future competition for a western Virginia newspaper in danger of being run out of business by its competitor’s predatory pricing.
- J.D., Harvard University, 1967
- A.B., Davidson College, 1964
- Virginia State Bar
- American Bar Association
- Virginia Bar Association
- Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
- Judicial Conference, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association: Former President
- Virginia State Bar Section of Antitrust Law: Former Chairman
- Virginia State Bar Second District Disciplinary Committee: Former Chairman
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