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 Eth is Co-chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White-Collar Defense Group. He is one of the nation’s leading securities litigators, representing public companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, SEC investigations, derivative suits, mergers and acquisitions litigation, and internal investigations. Jordan is renowned for his success handling complex, high-stakes cases; in 2008, he received a California Lawyer “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 seeking $20 billion in damages – the largest in history. He is one of the few lawyers who has taken a securities class action to trial and won a jury defense verdict.

Jordan has more than 30 years of litigation experience representing dozens of companies and individuals across a broad range of industries, including financial services, computer software and hardware, life sciences, and consumer products.

He is routinely recommended by major publications, including Chambers USA, Legal 500 US, The Best Lawyers in America, and Benchmark Litigation. He was selected by his peers as one of Law360’s “10 Most Admired Securities Attorneys.” Clients have described him as “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.” Others emphasize that “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; Jordan is true to his pitch that he will handle the case in a cost-efficient manner.” Most recently, Chambers USA described Jordan as “a consummate professional; he is tough on opposing parties but not in a manner that is off-putting. He is a thoughtful strategist and articulate adviser to senior management and the board of directors.”

A frequent speaker on securities litigation topics at events and conferences across the country, Jordan actively participates in programs put on by The SEC Institute, the Practising Law Institute, and the Stanford Directors' College. During Winter Quarter 2012 and Spring Quarter 2017, Mr. Eth 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 received his B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College in 1980 with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Stanford University in 1985, Order of the Coif. At Stanford, he was Co-President of the Moot Court Board.

He 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.

Jordan joined Morrison & Foerster in 1986 and became a partner in 1992.

Notable Victories

Mr. Eth’s representations have led to many significant victories for defendants, including the following:

  • UFCW Local 1500 Pension Fund v. Mayer, (N.D. Cal. 2018) (affirming dismissal of Investment Company Act claim against Yahoo! and its officers); 
  • In re First Solar Inc. Securities Litigation, (9th Cir. June 13, 2018) (affirming dismissal of derivative suit for failure to plead futility);
  • In re Yahoo! Inc. Securities Litigation, 2012 WL 3282819 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 10, 2012) aff’d, 611 F. App’x. 387, (9th Cir. May 15, 2015), (affirming dismissal of securities class action against Yahoo! and former officers); 630 F. Supp. 2d 1104 (N.D. Cal. 2009);
  • In re Level 3 Communications Inc. Securities Litigation, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 2376 (10th Cir. Feb. 6, 2012), (affirming dismissal of securities class action complaint against Level 3 and its officers);
  • In re JDSU Securities Litigation, (N.D. Cal. 2007) (jury verdict on behalf of JDSU and former executives in a case seeking $20 billion for alleged securities fraud and insider trading);
  • Jacobs v. Yang, No. 206-N, 2004 Del. Ch. LEXIS 117 (Del. Ch. Aug. 2, 2004), aff’d, 2005 Del. LEXIS 38 (Del. Jan. 21, 2005) (affirming dismissal of derivative suit filed against Yahoo! officers);
  • Nolte v. Capital One Financial Corp., 390 F.3d 311 (4th Cir. 2004) (affirming dismissal of class action against Capital One and Capital One officers and directors);
  • Employers Teamsters Local Nos. 175 and 505 Pension Trust Fund v. The Clorox Company, 353 F.3d 1125 (9th Cir. 2004) (affirming summary judgment and judgment on the pleadings against The Clorox Company and Clorox officers);
  • Wilkes v. Versant Object Tech. Corp., U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25009 (N.D. Cal. 2001), aff’d, U.S. App. LEXIS 1539 (9th Cir. 2003) (affirming dismissal of securities class action against Versant); and
  • Kane v. Zisapel, U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19984 (N.D. Cal. 2000), aff’d, U.S. App. LEXIS 5204 (9th Cir. 2002) (affirming dismissal of securities class action against Madge Networks and its officers).

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

  • Chambers USA (2007–2018) – Leading Securities Litigation Lawyer
  • Legal 500 US (2008–2018) – Securities: Shareholder Litigation
  • Legal 500 US (2017) – White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Legal 500 US (2015) – Energy: Renewable/Alternative
  • Legal 500 US (2013) – Financial Services: Litigation
  • Legal 500 US (2012–2013) – M&A: Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America (2008–2017) – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation
  • Law360’s “10 Most Admired Securities Lawyers” (2010)
  • Benchmark (2010) – National and California “Securities Litigation Star”
  • 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
  • Chambers USA (2006) – “Leading Litigation Lawyer”
  • The Daily Journal’s “Top 30 Securities Litigators in California” (2005)
  • Super Lawyers – Northern California (2004–2015)

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