SEC
Whistleblower
Advocates

Jordan A. Thomas

Chair

jthomas@labaton.com
C: (202) 746-9314
O: (212) 907-0700

A principal architect of the SEC Whistleblower Program, in 2011, Jordan Thomas established the nation’s first whistleblower practice exclusively focused on violations of the federal securities laws. Both pioneer and recognized leader in the field, Jordan’s clients have secured precedent-setting whistleblower awards and have launched many of the SEC’s most high-profile cases.

To date, he has won the largest SEC whistleblower award in history, more than $83 million for whistleblowers who reported misconduct at Merrill Lynch, which led to its $415 million settlement with the Commission. In addition to significant monetary recoveries, among his many landmark cases, he successfully represented the first officer of a public company to win an SEC whistleblower award, the first SEC whistleblower to receive criminal immunity, and the first SEC whistleblower to receive a whistleblower award because his company retaliated against him. The pipeline is robust, including what will likely be another top SEC whistleblower award in connection with the $267 million SEC enforcement action against JPMorgan.

A longtime public servant and seasoned trial lawyer, Jordan joined Labaton Sucharow from the Securities and Exchange Commission where he served as an Assistant Director and, previously, as an Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the Division of Enforcement. He had a leadership role in the development of the SEC Whistleblower Program, including leading fact-finding visits to other federal agencies with whistleblower programs, drafting the proposed legislation and implementing rules, and briefing House and Senate staffs on the proposed legislation. Throughout his tenure at the SEC, where he investigated, litigated and supervised a wide variety of enforcement matters, Jordan was assigned to many of its highest-profile actions such as those involving Enron, Fannie Mae, UBS, and Citigroup. His SEC enforcement cases have resulted in monetary sanctions and relief for harmed investors in excess of $35 billion.

Prior to joining the Commission, Jordan was a Trial Attorney at the Department of Justice, where he specialized in complex financial services litigation involving the FDIC and Office of Thrift Supervision. He began his legal career as a Navy Judge Advocate on active duty and recently retired as a Captain in its Reserve Law Program. While in law school, he worked as a stockbroker.

Jordan served as the Chair of the Investor Rights Committee of the District of Columbia Bar and a board member of the City Bar Fund, the pro bono affiliate of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Jordan is a nationally sought after writer, speaker, and media commentator on securities enforcement, corporate ethics and whistleblower issues.

He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the States of New Mexico, New York and Virginia.

Honors

While at the SEC, Jordan received the Arthur Mathews Award, which recognizes "sustained demonstrated creativity in applying the federal securities laws for the benefit of investors," and, on two occasions, the Law and Policy Award. He also received four Chairman's Awards, four Division Director's Awards and a Letter of Commendation from the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Since entering private practice, Jordan has received numerous prestigious awards. The Financial Times commended him for his work in whistleblower representation, and the Firm was also shortlisted among Financial Times 2017 Most Innovative North American Law Firms as a “Standout” in the Rule of Law and Access to Justice category because of his efforts. Jordan was named to the 2017 Enforcement 40, a list produced by Securities Docket of the 40 "best and brightest” securities enforcement lawyers, named a Top Thought Leader in Trust by Trust! Magazine and, in 2014, and honored as Superstar by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. In 2012, he was named a Legal Rebel by the Journal of the American Bar Association in recognition of his trailblazing efforts in the legal field. Ethisphere Institute, an internationally acclaimed think tank, selected Jordan as a Rising Star in its 2012 listing of Attorneys Who Matter, which recognizes leading practitioners in the world of corporate ethics and compliance. Jordan has received an AV Preeminent rating, the highest attorney rating available, from the publishers of the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory.

Jordan is a decorated military officer, who has twice been awarded the Rear Admiral Hugh H. Howell Award of Excellence—the highest award the Navy can bestow upon a reserve judge advocate.

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