Jordan Elias represents consumers and small businesses injured by corporate violations. He has pursued civil claims against monopolists, price-fixing cartels, oil and tobacco companies, and the nation’s largest banks. In addition, for over a decade Jordan has taken on pharmaceutical companies for collusion leading to inflated prescription drug prices.
Jordan argued the first substantive motion in the digital advertising monopoly litigation against Google. He previously served as head writer for the plaintiffs in the wrongful death cases arising from sudden unintended acceleration of Toyota vehicles. He was the primary author of the plaintiffs’ briefs in the California Supreme Court in the landmark Cipro “pay-for-delay” antitrust case, and gained a reversal for the plaintiff in Pavoni v. Chrysler Group, LLC, 789 F.3d 1095 (9th Cir. 2015). More recently, Jordan led the appeal in In re U.S. Office of Personnel Management Data Security Breach Litigation, 928 F.3d 42 (D.C. Cir. 2019), where the court reversed the dismissal of a case brought on behalf of 21.5 million federal government employees whose sensitive private information was hacked. Jordan also argued the successful appeal in Velasquez-Reyes v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc., No. 17-56556 (9th Cir. Sept. 17, 2019), where the Ninth Circuit held that Samsung could not compel individual arbitration of false advertising claims even though its smartphone packaging had an arbitration clause. Federal judges have described his advocacy as “very thorough” and “clearly in the public interest.”
Jordan received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award in 2016. He has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer, Appellate, since 2014.
Jordan authored the Supreme Court chapter, and co-authored the Ninth Circuit chapter, in the American Bar Association’s authoritative Survey of Federal Class Action Law. For several years he has been responsible for the chapter on antitrust standing, causation and remedies in California State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law (Matthew Bender). Jordan also co-authored the chapter on CAFA exceptions in the first and (forthcoming) second editions of The Class Action Fairness Act: Law and Strategy, an ABA book. Jordan’s law review articles include Course Correction—Data Breach as Invasion of Privacy, 69 Baylor L. Rev. 574 (2018), and Cooperative Federalism in Class Actions, 86 Tenn. L. Rev. 1 (2019). His latest article is “More Than Tangential”: When Does the Public Have a Right to Access Judicial Records?, 29 Journal of Law & Policy 367 (2021). He has filed friend-of-the-court briefs representing legal scholars, the American Independent Business Alliance, Public Justice, and the League of Women Voters. In 2017, he was elected to the American Law Institute.
A former chief arbitrator for the San Francisco Bar Association’s attorney-client fee disputes program, Jordan now serves as the program’s vice-chair. He began his career at Wilson Sonsini, where he received the John Wilson Award for winning asylum for refugees from Haiti and Indonesia.
Jordan is a native Californian who attended Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. After earning his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he served on the law review, Jordan clerked for the late Ninth Circuit Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall. He was an all-Ivy League sprinter and received the Field Prize at Yale.
J.D., Stanford Law School
- Member, Stanford Law Review
B.A., magna cum laude, Yale College
- Field Prize for best dissertation or essay in the humanities
- White Prize for best essay in American history
- Phi Beta Kappa
- California state courts
- Central District of California
- Eastern District of California
- Northern District of California
- District of Colorado
- District of Minnesota
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Representative case work
In re Google Digital Advertising Antitrust Litigation
Pioneering suit against Google for abusing its monopoly in search advertising to gain market dominance as broker for online display ads.
In re MacBook Keyboard Litigation
Argued motion to dismiss in certified consumer class action involving defective “butterfly” keyboards in several million Apple laptops.
In re PFA Insurance Marketing Litigation
Class action seeks redress for a pyramid scheme targeting Asian immigrants.
In re Woodbridge Investments Litigation
Investors in a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme enabled by Comerica Bank seek to recover their losses.
In re California Gasoline Spot Market Antitrust Litigation
California citizens allege they overpaid at the pump because oil companies Vitol and SK Energy engaged in manipulative spot-market trading to maintain high prices after a refinery explosion caused a disruption in supply.
In re JUUL Labs, Inc., Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation
Suit to hold leading vaping-device maker accountable for marketing dangerous, highly addictive e-cigarettes to children and others.
In re Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation
Consumers and third-party payors seek treble damages arising out of a far-reaching conspiracy to raise and fix generic drug prices.
In re Pacific Fertility Center Litigation
A liquid nitrogen tank failed, damaging plaintiffs’ frozen eggs and embryos.
In re U.S. Office of Personnel Management Data Security Breach Litigation
Sensitive private information of current and former federal workers was stolen in a massive breach of the agency’s electronic systems.
In re Subaru Battery Drain Products Liability Litigation
Vehicle batteries fail prematurely, leaving class members stranded or with out-of-pocket losses.
Representative briefs (co-authored)
Plaintiffs’ Supplemental Brief, in Sullivan v. DB Investments, Inc., 2011 WL 9522026 (3d Cir.) (en banc).
Brief of Appellee, in Graham v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 2014 WL 1400433 (11th Cir.).
- Brief of Amici Curiae League of Women Voters of Arizona and Phoenix Indian Center, in Mi Familia Vota v. Hobbs, 2020 WL 6120337 (9th Cir.).
Opposition to Motion to Dismiss, in San Miguel v. HP Inc., 2017 WL 2772963 (N.D. Cal.).
Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs’ Opposition to Motion of Defendants Regarding Trial Structure and for Relief to Avoid Duplicative Recovery, in In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation, No. 3:07-md-01827-SI (N.D. Cal. Apr. 4, 2012), ECF No. 5400.
Reply Brief on the Merits, in In re Cipro Cases I & II, 2012 WL 4207338 (Cal.).
Opening Brief, in Crawford v. Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam, 2018 WL 1641099 (9th Cir.).
Honors and Awards
Honors and Awards
- Northern California Super Lawyer, Appellate (since 2014)
- California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award (2016)
- Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF) (since 2020)
- Member of the American Law Institute (ALI) (since 2017)
- Contributing Author, California State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law (2012‒15, 2019‒21)
- Contributing Author and Coordinating Editor, Survey of Federal Class Action Law (since 2017)
- Contributing Author, California Class Actions and Coordinated Proceedings (2010‒15)
- John Wilson Award (2007)
- Member, Stanford Law Review (2002‒03)
- Theron Rockwell Field Prize, Yale (1998)
- Andrew D. White Prize, Yale (1997)
- California Scholar-Athlete of the Year Finalist (1994)
Community & Professional
- Member, American Law Institute
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation
- Volunteer, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 2020 General Election Voter Protection Project
- Bar Association of San Francisco, Attorney-Client Fee Disputes Program
- Former chief arbitrator
- Chair, Antitrust Subcommittee, ABA Section of Class Actions & Derivative Suits
- State Bar of California
- Member, Intellectual Property Law Section
- Member, Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section
- Federal Litigation in a Global ContextStanford Law School01.2020
- Advanced Data Privacy, Cybersecurity and TCPA Litigation Strategies and DefensesPractising Law Institute01.2018
- Article III Standing and Rule 23(b)(3) Certification: Latest TrendsStrafford Webinars03.2015
- 17th Annual Consumer Financial Services InstitutePractising Law Institute05.2012
- 29 Journal of Law & Policy 367
- Navigating CAFA’s ExceptionsThe Class Action Fairness Act: Law and Strategy (2d ed.)
- ABA Section of Litigation, Class Actions & Derivative Suits
- Daily Journal
- 86 Tenn. L. Rev. 1
- 69 Baylor L. Rev. 574
- Tilting at Windmills: Nationwide Class Settlements After In re Hyundai and Kia Fuel Economy LitigationABA Section of Litigation, Class Actions & Derivative Suits
- ABA Section of Litigation, Class Actions & Derivative Suits
- 84 Tenn. L. Rev. 1
- 24 No. 2 Competition 1 (Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law Section, State Bar of California)