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Jordan Elias



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 well 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 was the primary author of the plaintiffs’ briefs in the California Supreme Court in the Cipro “pay-for-delay” antitrust case, and 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 22 million federal government employees and job applicants whose sensitive private information was hacked. Federal judges have described his advocacy as “very thorough” and “clearly in the public interest.”

Jordan has been recognized by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®. A former chief arbitrator for the San Francisco Bar Association’s attorney fee disputes program, he received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award in 2016 and 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 both the 2013 and 2022 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), The Multistate Problem in Consumer Class Actions and Three Solutions, Harvard Law & Policy Rev. (forthcoming), and “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, and the League of Women Voters. In 2017 he was elected to the American Law Institute. 

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 acquiring and maintaining an illegal monopoly as default broker for online display ads.

In re MacBook Keyboard Litigation
Argued successful motion to dismiss in certified class action concerning defective “butterfly” keyboards in several million Apple laptops.

In re J&J Investment Litigation
Investors in a massive Ponzi scheme enabled by Wells Fargo Bank seek to recover their losses.

Rogers v. Equifax Inc.
Credit reporting agency misrepresented credit scores for millions of Americans, resulting in loan denials and other adverse consequences for borrowers.

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 vape-device maker liable for marketing dangerous, highly addictive e-cigarettes to children and others.

In re Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation
Consumers and third-party payors pursue treble damages occasioned by a far-reaching conspiracy to raise and fix generic drug prices.

In re Natera Prenatal Testing Litigation
Prenatal tests falsely report that a fetus has a rare generic syndrome. 

In re U.S. Office of Personnel Management Data Security Breach Litigation
Federal workers’ highly sensitive private information was stolen in a hack reported in 2015.

Tappana v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Vehicle sunroofs spontaneously shatter, raining down glass on the driver and passengers.

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

  • Named to Best Lawyers in America (2023) 
  • California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award (2016)
  • Member of the American Law Institute (ALI) (since 2017)
  • Member of the American Law Institute (ALI) (since 2017)
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF) (since 2020)
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, Appellate (since 2014)
  • Contributing Author, California State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law (2012‒15, 2019‒22)
  • 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
  • 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



Speaking Engagements

  • Federal Litigation in a Global Context
  • Advanced Data Privacy, Cybersecurity and TCPA Litigation Strategies and Defenses
  • Article III Standing and Rule 23(b)(3) Certification: Latest Trends
  • 17th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute
    Practising Law Institute


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