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Jordan Elias

Partner

Overview

Jordan Elias, a partner in the firm, represents consumers and investors injured by corporate violations. He has pursued civil claims against monopolists, price-fixing cartels, oil and tobacco companies, and the nation’s largest banks. Over the past decade, Jordan also has taken on pharmaceutical companies for collusion leading to inflated prescription drug prices.

Jordan is currently spearheading a D.C. Circuit appeal on behalf of more than 21 million federal government employees whose sensitive private information was hacked. 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” case, and gained a reversal for the plaintiff in Pavoni v. Chrysler Group, LLC, 789 F.3d 1095 (9th Cir. 2015).

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 also serves as chair of the Antitrust Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Class Actions and Derivative Suits.

Jordan has authored several law review articles, most recently “Cooperative Federalism in Class Actions” (forthcoming). He is coordinating editor of Survey of Federal Class Action Law, a book published by the American Bar Association. In 2017, Jordan was elected to the American Law Institute. 

A native Californian, Jordan attended Harvard-Westlake School and clerked for the late Ninth Circuit Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall. He was an all-Ivy League sprinter at Yale.

Education

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

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits
  • District of Arizona
  • Central District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • District of Colorado
  • District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Middle District of Florida
  • District of Minnesota
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Experience

In re U.S. Office of Personnel Management Data Security Breach Litigation
Highly confidential data of current and former federal workers was stolen in a breach of the agency’s electronic systems.

CalSTRS v. Alvarez
Derivative suit charges Walmart officers and directors with covering up a bribery scandal.

In re Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation
Consumers and third-party payors allege a far-reaching conspiracy to fix the prices of generic prescription drugs.

In re Nexus 6P Products Liability Litigation
Google smartphones suffer permanent shutdowns and premature battery drain.

In re Pacific Fertility Center Litigation
A liquid nitrogen tank failed, compromising the viability of plaintiffs’ frozen eggs and embryos.

In re Woodbridge Investments Litigation
Investors in a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme seek to recover their losses from Comerica Bank.

In re HP Printer Firmware Update Litigation
HP used advanced technology to disable printers fitted with non-HP inkjet cartridges.

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

  • California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award (2016)
  • Named to the Northern California Super Lawyers list in the area of Appellate Law (2014‒present)

Affiliations

Community & Professional

  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Attorney-Client Fee Disputes Program
    • Vice-chair
    • 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

Insights

Speaking Engagements

  • “Advanced Data Privacy, Cybersecurity Breach and TCPA Class Action Litigation Strategies and Defenses”
    01.2018
  • “Article III Standing and Rule 23(b)(3) Certification: Latest Litigation Trends”
    03.2015
  • “17th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute”
    Practising Law Institute
    05.2012

Publications

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