Recognized since 2013
Litigation - Securities
John Jordak concentrates his practice on securities and complex commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on class action defense. John focuses on defending shareholder actions and D&O claims, including those filed under the federal securities laws and those brought in the wake of an M&A announcement.
John’s national practice includes matters in federal and state courts throughout the country. In addition, he regularly represents clients in investigations commenced by the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators. John also counsels companies regarding securities disclosure and corporate governance, and he has served as counsel to special litigation committees formed in response to shareholder derivative demands.
John served as chair of the Alston & Bird Securities Litigation Group from 2004–2013. He was selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, where he has been listed since 2013. John has also been listed as a “Super Lawyer” in Law and Politics every year since 2005. John is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Paideia School in Atlanta and also serves as president-elect of the Emory Law Alumni Board.
Contact & Links
- One Atlantic Center, Suite 4900
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309-3424
- Emory University , J.D., graduated 1993
- Duke University , AB, graduated 1990
- Georgia, State Bar of Georgia
- Emory Law Alumni Board - President-Elect
- The Paideia School - Board of Trustees – Member
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:
- Litigation - Securities
- Representing 3D Systems and several former officers as lead counsel in a securities class action pending in South Carolina federal court and related derivative actions in South Carolina federal and state courts, Delaware federal court and California state court.
- Representing the board of directors of Ebix as lead counsel in a class and derivative action pending in Delaware Chancery Court related to certain corporate governance actions. Led the representation of Ebix in a securities class action in Georgia federal court and related derivative actions in Georgia federal and state courts.
- Representing the board of directors of Advaxis as lead counsel in derivative litigation filed in New Jersey federal court related to stock options. A related case filed in Delaware Chancery Court was dismissed.
- Representing Halyard Heath and two of its officers in a securities class action pending in New York federal court.
- Represented Coca-Cola Enterprises and its board of directors in a series of class actions pending in Delaware Chancery Court related to the formation of Coca-Cola European Partners.
- Represented First Cash Financial Systems as lead counsel in an action pending in Texas state court related to its merger with Cash America International. Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the action and the deal closed as scheduled.
- Represented LHC Group in a two-year investigation by the SEC that resulted in no action taken by the Commission. Also represented LHC as lead counsel in a securities class action and related derivative actions in Louisiana federal court related to various disclosure issues.
- Represented Keryx Biopharmaceuticals as lead counsel in a securities class action in New York federal court where our motion to dismiss was granted. In re Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., Securities Litig., Civil Action Nos. 13 Civ. 755 (KBF) and 13 Civ. 1307 (KBF), 2014 WL 585658 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 14, 2014).
- Represented PricewaterhouseCoopers in a shareholder derivative case challenging PricewaterhouseCoopers’ consulting client in a say-on-pay shareholder vote in the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, where the court granted our motion to dismiss and the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed its appeal.
- Represented CheckFree Corporation in a securities class action where our motion to dismiss was granted. Skubella v. CheckFree Corp., No. 1:07-CV-796-TWT, 2008 WL 1902118 (N.D. Ga. Apr. 25, 2008).
- Represented Coca-Cola Enterprises in a series of securities class actions in Georgia federal court and a related derivative action in Delaware Chancery Court where our motions to dismiss were granted and affirmed on appeal. In re Coca-Cola Ent. Inc. Sec. Litig., 510 F. Supp. 2d 1187 (N.D. Ga. 2007); In re Coca-Cola Ent. Inc. Sec. Litig., Civil Action No. 1:06-CV-0275-TWT, 2007 WL 2904160 (N.D. Ga. Oct 3, 2007); In re Coca-Cola Ent. Inc. Deriv. Litig., 478 F. Supp. 2d 1369 (N.D. Ga. 2007), aff'd, No. 07-11653, 2008 WL 657865 (11th Cir. Mar. 13, 2008); In re Coca-Cola Ent. Inc. Shareholders Litig., C.A. No. 1927-CC, 2007 WL 3122370 (Del. Ch. Oct. 17, 2007), aff’d, No. 601, 2007, 2008 WL 2484587 (Del. June 20, 2008).
- Represented Avado Brands as a member of the Alston & Bird team that secured the Eleventh Circuit’s pro-defense ruling in a case of first impression under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 in Bryant v. Avado Brands, Inc., 187 F.3d 1271 (11th Cir. 1999).
- Conducted an internal investigation of a human tissue company’s practices concerning the handling and sterilization of human tissue.Represented an insurance company and its officers before the SEC in connection with an investigation related to the trades of the company’s CEO.
- Represented an insurance company and its officers before the SEC in connection with an investigation related to the trades of the company’s CEO.
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