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, Jordan Thomas established Labaton Sucharow’s whistleblower practice in 2011–the nation’s first exclusively focused on SEC whistleblowers. Both pioneer and recognized leader in the field, Jordan’s clients have secured groundbreaking recoveries and are responsible for many of the SEC’s largest and highest-profile cases.

To date, he has won the fourth largest SEC whistleblower award for a client, over $17 million. Among his many precedent-setting 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. His clients were responsible for the recent $267 million JPMorgan and $415 million Merrill Lynch SEC enforcement actions—which are likely to result in the largest group and individual SEC whistleblower awards in history.

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.

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, he was named a Top Thought Leader in Trust by Trust! Magazine and a 2014 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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