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James F. Jorden

LL.B, B.A.; Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Jim Jorden represents many of the country’s largest financial institutions in securities, corporate, and pension litigation. He is experienced in national class action litigation, having served as lead or associate counsel in over 100 securities, insurance, ERISA, RICO, and other class actions. He has also been lead trial counsel in more than 50 individual cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, eight of the U.S. circuit courts, and numerous state courts of appeal. In the BTI 2016 Client Survey of Fortune 1000 companies, he was selected as a BTI Client All Star for best in client service.

His class action trial experience includes serving as lead defense counsel in a nationwide class action involving allegations of misrepresentation in the marketing of annuity products. The case expanded to cover other sales policies and practices becoming one of the largest class actions against a life insurer. He obtained a defense verdict after a three week jury trial. He is currently representing a group of Independent Marketing Organizations in a lawsuit challenging the Department of Labor’s recently enacted “fiduciary” standards under ERISA.

Mr. Jorden co-authored the Handbook on ERISA Litigation published by Wolters Kluwer (4th ed. 2015). He has written numerous articles on class actions and trial practice, and lectured widely on corporate, securities, and employee benefit litigation. Mr. Jorden, who chairs the Carlton Fields Jorden Burt life insurance industry group, is also a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a peer-selected honorary society of American trial lawyers.