Jordan Elias

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Jordan Elias, a Girard Gibbs partner, 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 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. He has participated in many high-profile appeals, such as California State Teachers’ Retirement System v. Alvarez, 179 A.3d 824 (Del. 2018), Lusnak v. Bank of America, N.A., 883 F.3d 1185 (9th Cir. 2018), Pavoni v. Chrysler Group, LLC, 789 F.3d 1095 (9th Cir. 2015), and Gutierrez v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 704 F.3d 712 (9th Cir. 2012).

An elected member of the American Law Institute, Jordan authored the law review articles Course Correction—Data Breach as Invasion of Privacy, 69 Baylor L. Rev. 574 (2018), and The Ascertainability Landscape and the Modern Affidavit, 84 Tenn. L. Rev. 1 (2017). His latest article is Tilting at Windmills: Nationwide Class Settlements After In re Hyundai and Kia Fuel Economy Litigation (co-authored with Adam Polk), available at https://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/committees/class-actions/articles/2018/winter2018-in-re-hyundai-kia-fuel-economy-litigation.html.

Jordan served as head writer for the plaintiffs in the wrongful death cases involving sudden unintended acceleration of Toyota vehicles. He was the principal author of the petition for review granted by the California Supreme Court in the Cipro “pay-for-delay” litigation, as well as the plaintiffs’ successful merits briefing. He contributed to the favorable resolution of claims arising from the LCD price-fixing conspiracy, and took the lead in crafting the en banc briefs in the Diamonds Antitrust Litigation, in which the Third Circuit withdrew an earlier decision to approve a landmark $295 million settlement with De Beers.

Jordan also applies his expertise to help those who suffered economic harm from buying substandard products. Commenting on his work in a national class action involving allegedly defective toilets, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero stated: “Simply put, counsel did a fine job with a relatively novel case whose prosecution and successful settlement were clearly in the public interest.”

A former Chief Arbitrator for the San Francisco Bar Association’s attorney-client fee disputes program, Jordan now serves on the program’s Executive Committee. He is Chair of the Antitrust Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section of Class Actions and Derivative Suits. He is also Coordinating Editor for the American Bar Association’s Survey of Federal Class Action Law. Other treatises to which Jordan has contributed include California State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law, California Class Actions and Coordinated Proceedings and The Class Action Fairness Act: Law and Strategy. He has developed and presented continuing legal education material at seminars held by the Practising Law Institute, ALI CLE and Strafford Publications.

Early in his career, Jordan clerked for the late Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then defended technology companies in securities and intellectual property cases at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Wilson Sonsini honored Jordan with its John Wilson Award for his successful pro bono advocacy on behalf of immigrants from Haiti, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines. In 2008, Jordan moved to Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, where he practiced for several years.

Jordan is a native Californian who attended Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters.

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California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY), 2016

Northern California Super Lawyers, 2012-2017

  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 2003
    • Member, Stanford Law Review
  • B.A., Yale College, 1998
    • Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa
    • Field Prize for best essay or dissertation in the humanities
    • White Prize for best essay in American history
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