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Jordan A. Thomas

Jordan A. Thomas

Labaton Sucharow LLP

New York City, NY, USA


Jordan A. Thomas concentrates his practice on investigating and prosecuting securities fraud on behalf of whistleblowers and institutional clients. As Chair of the Firm's Whistleblower Representation practice, Jordan protects and advocates for whistleblowers throughout the world who have information about possible violations of the federal securities laws. He created, and serves as the editor for, www.secwhistlebloweradvocate.com, a website dedicated to helping responsible organizations establish a culture of integrity and courageous whistleblowers to report possible securities violations-without personal or professional regrets.

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. He is also the principal architect and first National Coordinator of the Commission's Cooperation Program, an initiative designed to facilitate and incentivize individuals and companies to self-report securities violations and participate in its investigations and related enforcement actions. In recognition of his important contributions to these national initiatives, while at the SEC, Jordan was a recipient of 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.

Throughout his tenure at the SEC, Jordan was assigned to many of its highest-profile matters such as those involving Enron, Fannie Mae, UBS, and Citigroup. He successfully investigated, litigated and supervised a wide variety of enforcement matters involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, issuer accounting fraud and other disclosure violations, audit failures, insider trading, market manipulations, offering frauds, and broker-dealer, investment adviser and investment company violations. His cases resulted in monetary 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 continues to serve as a senior officer in its Reserve Law Program. Earlier, Jordan worked as a stockbroker.

Jordan is a board member of the City Bar Fund, which oversees the City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association. He also serves as the Chair of the Investor Rights Committee of the District of Columbia Bar.

Throughout his career, Jordan has received numerous awards and honors. Most recently, Jordan was named a 2015 Top Thought Leaders in Trust by Trust! Magazine and a 2014 Superstar by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. In 2012, he was named a Legal Rebel by the American Bar Association Journal in recognition of his trailblazing efforts in the legal field. Ethisphere Institute, an internationally recognized think tank, selected Jordan as a Rising Star in its listing of 2012 Attorneys Who Matter, which recognizes leading practitioners in the world of corporate ethics and compliance. While at the SEC, Jordan 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. He is also 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. Jordan has received an AV Preeminent rating, the highest attorney rating available, from the publishers of the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory.

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

Jordan A. Thomas is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Jordan A. Thomas & Tom Devine, Wall Street’s New Enforcers Aim to Muzzle Whistleblowers, N.Y. Times: Deal Book (July 21, 2014) - Understanding Employment Law 2017, Monday, April 17, 2017
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Press Release, No. 2015-54, SEC: Companies Cannot Stifle Whistleblowers in Confidentiality Agreements (April 1, 2015) - Understanding Employment Law 2017, Monday, April 17, 2017
Lynn Stout & Jordan A. Thomas, Column: How Wall Street Creates Criminals (September 4, 2012) (publication version available at http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2012-09-04/wall-street-scandal-crim/57585822/1) - Understanding Employment Law 2017, Monday, April 17, 2017
Ann Tenbrunsel & Jordan A. Thomas, The Street, The Bull and The Crisis: A Survey of the US & UK Financial Services Industry, Presented by the University of Notre Dame and Labaton Sucharow LLP (May 2015) - Understanding Employment Law 2017, Monday, April 17, 2017
SEC Whistleblower Program Handbook - Understanding Employment Law 2017, Monday, April 17, 2017
Richard Moberly, et al., De Facto Gag Clauses: The Legality of Employment Agreements That Undermine Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Provisions, 30 A.B.A. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 1, Ch.87 (Fall 2014) - Understanding Employment Law 2017, Monday, April 17, 2017
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Press Release, No. 2015-75, SEC Announces Award to Whistleblower in First Retaliation Case (April 28, 2015) - Understanding Employment Law 2017, Monday, April 17, 2017
Interpretation of the SEC’s Whistleblower Rules Under Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Release No. 34-75592, 17 C.F.R. Part 241 (August 4, 2015) - Understanding Employment Law 2017, Monday, April 17, 2017
Tammy Marzigliano & Jordan A. Thomas, Advocacy & Counsel for the SEC Whistleblower: A Primer for Employment Lawyers, 196 Daily Lab. Rep. (BNA) I-1 (October 11, 2011) - Understanding Employment Law 2017, Monday, April 17, 2017
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Press Release, No. 2016-157, Company Paying Penalty for Violating Key Whistleblower Protection Rule (August 10, 2016) - Understanding Employment Law 2017, Monday, April 17, 2017
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Press Release, No. 2016-196, SEC Charges Anheuser-Busch InBev With Violating FCPA and Whistleblower Protection Laws (September 28, 2016) - Understanding Employment Law 2017, Monday, April 17, 2017
Jordan A. Thomas, The Limitations of Corporate Compliance, N.Y.L.J., November 7, 2011 - Understanding Employment Law 2017, Monday, April 17, 2017
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Press Release, No. 2014-118, SEC Charges Hedge Fund Adviser With Conducting Conflicted Transactions and Retaliating Against Whistleblower (June 16, 2014) - Understanding Employment Law 2017, Monday, April 17, 2017
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2016 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program - Understanding Employment Law 2017, Monday, April 17, 2017
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Press Release, No. 2016-164, Company Punished for Severance Agreements That Removed Financial Incentives for Whistleblowing (August 16, 2016) - Understanding Employment Law 2017, Monday, April 17, 2017
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Press Release, No. 2016-204, SEC: Casino-Gaming Company Retaliated Against Whistleblower (September 29, 2016) - Understanding Employment Law 2017, Monday, April 17, 2017
2016 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission - The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments 2017, Wednesday, April 26, 2017
SEC Whistleblower Program Handbook - The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments 2017, Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Securities and Exchange Commission, 17 CFR Part 241, [Release No. 34-75592], Interpretation of the SEC’s Whistleblower Rules under Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (August 4, 2015) - The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments 2017, Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The Street, The Bull and The Crisis: A Survey of the US & UK Financial Services Industry, Presented by The University of Notre Dame and Labaton Sucharow LLP (May 2015) - The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments 2017, Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Richard Moberly, Jordan A. Thomas and Jason Zuckerman, De Facto Gag Clauses: The Legality of Employment Agreements That Undermine Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Provisions, 30 A.B.A. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 1, Ch.87 (Fall 2014) - Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017, Thursday, June 29, 2017
SEC Whistleblower Program Handbook - Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017, Thursday, June 29, 2017
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2016 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program - Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017, Thursday, June 29, 2017
Interpretation of the SEC’s Whistleblower Rules Under Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Release No. 34-75592, 17 C.F.R. Part 241 (August 4, 2015) - Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017, Thursday, June 29, 2017
Ann Tenbrunsel and Jordan A. Thomas, The Street, The Bull and The Crisis: A Survey of the US & UK Financial Services Industry, Presented by The University of Notre Dame and Labaton Sucharow LLP (May 2015) - Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017, Thursday, June 29, 2017
The Limitations of Corporate Compliance, N.Y.L.J., November 7, 2011 - Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017, Thursday, June 29, 2017
Lynn Stout and Jordan A. Thomas, Column: How Wall Street Creates Criminals (September 4, 2012) (publication version available at http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2012-09-04/wall-street-scandalcrim/57585822/1) - Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017, Thursday, June 29, 2017
Jordan A. Thomas and Tom Devine, Wall Street’s New Enforcers Aim to Muzzle Whistleblowers, N.Y. Times: Deal Book (July 21, 2014) - Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017, Thursday, June 29, 2017
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Interpretation of the SEC’s Whistleblower Rules Under Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Release No. 34-75592, 17 CFR Part 241 (August 4, 2015) - The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments 2018, Monday, April 23, 2018
The University of Notre Dame and Labaton Sucharow LLP, The Street, The Bull and The Crisis: A Survey of the US & UK Financial Services Industry (May 2015) - The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments 2018, Monday, April 23, 2018
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2016 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program - The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments 2018, Monday, April 23, 2018
Labaton Sucharow LLP, Reporting Without Regrets: The SEC Whistleblower Handbook (2017) - The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments 2018, Monday, April 23, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Ethical Issues in FCPA Practice: Hypothetical on Whistleblowers - The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments 2017, Friday, April 28, 2017
Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives - Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017, Thursday, July 06, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Ethical Issues in FCPA Practice: Hypothetical on Whistleblowers - Ethical Issues in FCPA Practice: Hypothetical on Whistleblowers, Friday, April 28, 2017
Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives - Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives , Thursday, July 06, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Ethical Issues in FCPA Practice: Hypothetical on Whistleblowers - Ethical Issues in FCPA Practice: Hypothetical on Whistleblowers, Friday, April 28, 2017
Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives - Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives , Thursday, July 06, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Ethical Issues in FCPA Practice: Hypothetical on Whistleblowers - Ethical Issues in FCPA Practice: Hypothetical on Whistleblowers, Friday, April 28, 2017
Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives - Whistleblowers’ Bar: Current Trends and Perspectives , Thursday, July 06, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments 2017, Monday, May 01, 2017, New York, NY
Corporate Whistleblowing in 2017, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Corporate Whistleblowing in 2018, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Corporate Whistleblowing in 2018, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, New York, NY
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