Jordan D. Eth - Morrison & Foerster LLP

Jordan D. Eth

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 415-268-7126

Jordan Eth is Chair of the firm's Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White-Collar Criminal Defense Group. He is one of the nation's leading securities litigators, representing public companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, SEC investigations, derivative suits, mergers and acquisitions litigation, and internal investigations. In 2008, Mr. Eth received aCalifornia Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award for co-leading the successful defense of JDS Uniphase Corp. and its former executives in a securities class action jury trial seeking $20 billion in damages.

Mr. Eth has more than 25 years of experience handling complex and high-stakes litigation.  He has represented dozens of companies and individuals in a broad range of industries, including financial services, computer software and hardware, life sciences, and consumer products. Read more about Mr. Eth's representations.

Mr. Eth is a frequent speaker across the country on securities litigation topics and actively participates in programs put on by The SEC Institute, the Practising Law Institute, and the Stanford Directors' College. He has also authored many articles on securities litigation. During Winter Quarter 2012, Mr. Eth taught “Modern Securities Fraud Litigation: Public and Private Enforcement” as an Adjunct at Stanford Law School. 
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List of Mr. Eth's publications.

Mr. Eth is recommended by multiple publications including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Legal 500 US; The Best Lawyers in America; Benchmark Litigation; and PLC Which Lawyer? In 2010, he was selected by his peers as one of Law360's 10 Most Admired Securities Attorneys.

He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Robert F. Peckham, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, from August 1985 through August 1986. From 1980 through 1982, Mr. Eth worked as an economist in Washington, D.C., first for the United States Department of Energy and then for the Budget Committee of the United States House of Representatives.

Mr. Eth received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and served as Co-President of the Moot Court Board. He received his B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College, with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa.

Swarthmore CollegeBA Stanford Law SchoolJ.D.

Client Comments

"Jordan Eth is in a class of his own. He is deeply knowledgeable and experienced and a natural leader without ego issues. He thinks strategically and is extremely responsive, realistic, and clear in his assessments of situations. He is able to marshal resources within Morrison & Foerster as necessary. And if that were not enough, he is easy to work with. I could not recommend him more highly."

-Barry Zwarenstein
Five9, Inc.

"Jordan is somewhat unique for a "large firm" lawyer for two significant reasons. First, Jordan understands the CEO mentality with respect to securities actions and navigates the corporate politics of these matters with the same expertise with which he handles the legal case. Second, Jordan it true to his pitch that he will handle the case in a cost-efficient manner. While all top lawyers in the large firms have high hourly rates, Jordan resists the "big team" mentality and limits his use of associates and other lawyers to the barest minimum. Jordan is at the top of all securities lawyers in the country and a true "bet your company" choice for in-house counsel."

Office Location

425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2482
United States

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation (Civil Litigation, Class Actions, Complex Litigation, Corporate, Corporate Governance, SEC Enforcement, Securities, Stockholders' Suits)
Litigation - Securities