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Overview

Jordan is a zealous advocate for his clients, working tirelessly toward trial readiness while looking for nuances and openings that might resolve issues outside the courtroom.

Jordan litigates product liability and toxic tort cases for many of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialty chemicals, petrochemicals, paint and coatings, and industrial and consumer products. Jordan has defended mesothelioma and lung cancer cases in dozens of jurisdictions across the country. Overseeing the day-to-day management of hundreds of active cases, he develops defense strategies; manages discovery; and deposes fact witnesses, experts and physicians.

Jordan is skilled at mastering the technical intricacies of cases, learning about clients’ businesses, studying their histories and helping them craft the best solutions for their needs.

Jordan chose the law in part because of his work with the homeless and urban poor as an undergraduate. He saw the law as a way to bring about important change. After years of pro bono service with various nonprofit entities in the St. Louis region, and with the firm’s enthusiastic support, Jordan helped launch the firm’s Nonprofit Organizations & Religious Institutions team. In this role, Jordan has advised nonprofit and religious clients on a variety of issues, from litigation and employment disputes to tax and real estate issues.

Jordan serves as Chancellor of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church. In this role, he serves as legal advisor to both the episcopacy and over 700 churches across the State of Missouri.


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Services

Recognition

  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Value Champion, 2018
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 40 Under 40 in Litigation in Missouri, 2012-2014
  • The Missouri Bar, Pro Bono Publico Award, 2019
  • The Missouri Bar, Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Up & Coming Law Firm Leader, 2017
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Personal Injury - Products: Defense, Rising Star, 2018-2019

Education

  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law
    • summa cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Bell, Boyd and Lloyd Best Advocate Award
    • Five CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
    • Rickert Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement
    • University of Illinois Law Review, Notes Editor
  • B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University
    • Political Science
    • summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Cole County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • The Missouri Bar, Access to Justice Committee, 2012-2016; Vice-Chair, 2014; Chair, 2015
Featured Experience

Careful Questioning Exposes 'Expert' in Malpractice Trial

A client, an anesthesiologist, faced charges of medical malpractice and wrongful death. The plaintiff hired an expert who had testified in hundreds of cases. Jordan reviewed thousands of pages of deposition and trial testimony from those cases and found prior testimony in which the expert contradicted his opinion in the pending litigation. At trial, the expert stated that his prior testimony “made no medical sense” and that the source was “misinformed” – before learning that the opinion he was critiquing was his own.


Additional Experience

Business Litigation

  • Won $1.65 million settlement on behalf of developer in Leon County, Florida, in suit alleging breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation.
  • Obtained dismissal of federal lawsuit involving allegations that law firm's advertisements violated the Lanham Act and various federal and state rules of professional conduct.
  • Served on trial teams for toxic tort litigation in Illinois, Missouri, Texas, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
  • Obtained dismissal of copyright infringement action against Fortune 500 energy company pending in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.
  • Briefed and argued eDiscovery dispute in the Superior Court of the State of Delaware, New Castle County, saving client more than $1 million in discovery costs.
  • Represented two plaintiffs in separate fraud cases; between the two matters, secured and collected more than $2 million in settlement payments.
  • Won class action status for lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Corrections on behalf of inmates sentenced to life imprisonment as juveniles. Suit alleged that department ignored due diligence for inmates.
News Releases | July 5, 2019
Husch Blackwell's Ault and Mullineaux Receive 2019 Missouri Bar Pro Bono Publico Awards

The Missouri Bar presents its Pro Bono Publico Awards annually to attorneys who have rendered outstanding pro bono service to indigent or low-income persons in need of legal assistance.

News Releases | November 14, 2018
Thomson Reuters' Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2018 Names 58 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell has 58 attorneys in the 2018 edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Media Mentions | October 28, 2018
Law360: Mo. Case Shows Fight Over Juvenile Sentencing Still Raging

Matthew Knepper is quoted in an article discussing the firm's pro bono work (in conjunction with Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center) for a group of plaintiffs who had been sentenced to life without parole in relation to offenses committed prior to their eighteenth birthdays. 

News Releases | July 5, 2018
Husch Blackwell and MacArthur Justice Center Earn Class Certification for Juvenile Offenders

Husch Blackwell, in conjunction with the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center, filed the lawsuit pro bono on behalf of four plaintiffs.

News Releases | May 15, 2018
Association of Corporate Counsel Names Monsanto and Husch Blackwell 2018 Value Champions

Husch Blackwell partners with client to take home its second consecutive Value Champion award.

Outside the Office

Jordan is an accomplished pianist who accompanied the Bel Canto Women’s Ensemble in St. Louis for seven years before moving to Jefferson City.

A life-long United Methodist, he still plays for services at his church. He and his wife, a United Methodist pastor, have a young daughter, and their passion for travel takes them to scenic locales around the country where they can find great hiking and great food.

Community Leadership
  • Common Ground Community Building, Board of Directors, 2017-present
  • Grace Hill Settlement House, Board of Directors, 2012-present
  • New Leaders Council - St. Louis, 2017 Fellow
  • Wespath Benefits and Investments, Young Leaders Advisory Board
  • Young Friends of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Board of Directors, 2010-2014
  • Kirkwood United Methodist Church, Board of Trustees, 2009-2011
Pro Bono

Jordan is generous with his legal knowledge and has handled numerous pro bono cases throughout his career.

He counsels clients on a variety of legal issues through the firm’s relationships with Grace Hill Settlement House, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and other organizations. As part of his commitment to pro bono work, he served as vice chair and chair of the Missouri Bar’s Access to Justice Committee.

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