Jordan Eth

Jordan Eth

Education

Swarthmore College (B.A., 1980)
Stanford Law School (J.D., 1985)

Bar Admissions

California

Clerkships

Hon. Robert F. Peckham, U.S. District Court, N.D. California (1985-1986)

Jordan, co–chair of Morrison & Foerster’s global Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White–Collar Defense Group, is one of the leading securities litigators in the United States, known for his success in handling complex, high-stakes cases. He has more than 30 years of experience representing public companies and their officers and directors in:

  • Securities class actions
  • SEC investigations
  • Derivative suits
  • Mergers and acquisitions litigation
  • Internal investigations

Jordan understands the big-picture challenges facing companies and individuals in securities litigation, as well as the intricacies of the legal issues.

As co-leader of the successful defense of JDS Uniphase Corp. and its former executives in a securities class action jury trial seeking $20 billion in damages—the largest in history—Jordan is one of the few lawyers who has taken a securities class action to trial and won a complete jury defense verdict.   

Jordan’s clients cover a broad range of industries, including financial services, computer software and hardware, life sciences, manufacturing, and consumer products. He is routinely recognized in the legal industry and praised by clients for his exceptional legal work:

“Jordan understands the CEO mentality with respect to securities actions and navigates the corporate politics of these matters with the same expertise with which he handles the legal case.” – Client

“Jordan Eth is in a class of his own. He is deeply knowledgeable and experienced and a natural leader without ego issues. He thinks strategically and is extremely responsive, realistic, and clear in his assessments of situations. He is able to marshal resources within Morrison & Foerster as necessary. And if that were not enough, he is easy to work with. I could not recommend him more highly.” – Best Lawyers in America Client Quote

A frequent speaker on securities litigation topics at events and conferences across the United States, Jordan actively participates in programs put on by The SEC Enforcement Forum, the Practising Law Institute, and the Stanford Directors’ College. During Winter Quarter 2012 and Spring Quarter 2017, Jordan taught “Modern Securities Fraud Litigation: Public and Private Enforcement” as an Adjunct at Stanford Law School. He has also authored dozens of articles on securities litigation.

Jordan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Robert F. Peckham, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, from August 1985 through August 1986. From 1980 through 1982, he worked as an economist in Washington, D.C., first for the United States Department of Energy and then for the Budget Committee of the United States House of Representatives.

Numerous publications have recognized Mr. Eth’s accomplishments. They include the following:

  • Best Lawyers in America (2008–2018) – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation
  • Chambers USA (2008–2019) – Leading Securities Litigation Lawyer
  • Legal 500 US (2008–2018) – Securities: Shareholder Litigation
  • Legal 500 US (2017) – White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Legal 500 US (2012–2013) – M&A: Litigation
  • Law360’s “10 Most Admired Securities Lawyers” (2010)
  • California Lawyer 2008 “Attorney of the Year” Award for co-leading the successful defense of JDS Uniphase Corp. and its former executives in a securities class action jury trial
  • Super Lawyers – Northern California (2004–2015)

Law 360 Most Admired Attorneys

Ranked in Chambers USA

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