Jordan Elias 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. In addition, over the past decade Jordan 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).
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 has authored several law review articles, most recently “Cooperative Federalism in Class Actions,” 86 Tenn. L. Rev. 1 (2019). 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 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.
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.
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
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits
- District of Arizona
- Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts 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
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; dismissal reversed on appeal.
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 seek treble damages based on a far-reaching conspiracy to raise and fix generic drug prices.
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, destroying plaintiffs’ frozen eggs and embryos.
In re Woodbridge Investments Litigation
Investors in a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme enabled by Comerica Bank demand recovery of their losses.
In re Intuit Free File Litigation
Class action suit charges Intuit with perpetrating a bait and switch and steering low-income taxpayers away from its free TurboTax site in flagrant violation of its agreement with the IRS.
Honors and Awards
Honors and Awards
- California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award (2016)
- Contributing Author, California State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law (2012‒15, 2019)
- Contributing Author, California Class Actions and Coordinated Proceedings (2010‒15)
- John Wilson Award (2007)
- Theron Rockwell Field Prize (1998)
- Andrew D. White Prize (1997)
- Named to the Northern California Super Lawyers list in the area of Appellate Law (2014‒present)
Community & Professional
- Member, American Law Institute
- 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
- “Advanced Data Privacy, Cybersecurity Breach and TCPA Class Action Litigation Strategies and Defenses”Practising Law Institute01.2018
- “Article III Standing and Rule 23(b)(3) Certification: Latest Litigation Trends”Strafford Webinars03.2015
- “17th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute”Practising Law Institute05.2012
- 86 Tenn. L. Rev. 12019
- 69 Baylor L. Rev. 5742018
- “Tilting at Windmills: Nationwide Class Settlements After In re Hyundai and Kia Fuel Economy Litigation” (co-author)ABA Section of Litigation, Class Actions & Derivative Suits02.28.2018
- “Ninth Circuit.” Survey of Federal Class Action Law (co-author)American Bar Association2018
- 84 Tenn. L. Rev. 12017
- 24 No. 2 Competition 1 (Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law Section, State Bar of California)09.01.2015
- “Welcome to the Jungle: CAFA Exceptions.” The Class Action Fairness Act: Law and Strategy (co-author)American Bar Association2013