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Jordan S. Bolton
Jordan S. Bolton is an Equity Member in Clark Hill’s Litigation Practice Group. He has been with Clark Hill since 2002, has served in various leadership roles on the Recruiting Committee for more than a decade, has lead various corporate culture initiatives, has a leadership role in the firm’s E2 initiative (helping start-ups and other early stage ventures manage their legal spend), and is principally resident in the firm’s Birmingham, Michigan office.
Jordan helps business leaders, in-house counsel, and individuals remove barriers to success by providing creative dispute resolution services. In addition to a national complex commercial litigation practice (emphasizing on consumer, contract, copyright, fraud, real estate, shareholder, and trademark matters), Jordan maintains a robust outside general counsel practice for his clients who are large enough to have varied legal needs, but not yet ready for in-house counsel.
During his career, Jordan has received significant recognition from peer and other groups for his work, including being:
- Recognized by Lawyers Weekly for obtaining the largest judgment in Michigan ($120,000,000)
- Named the Legal Aid and Defenders' Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
- Named in Super Lawyers every year for a decade (repeatedly “Top 50 Business Attorneys” and “Top 100 Attorneys” in any practice)
- Named repeatedly in dBusiness's listing of Top Lawyers
- Rated “AV Preeminent” (highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell
- Rated “10/10 Superb” (highest rating) by Avvo
- Profiled in Crain's Detroit Business among the busiest litigators in Michigan
In addition to firm leadership positions, speaking engagements for domestic and international audiences, and service on the Board of Directors for the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and Prosecutors Foundation for the Kids, Jordan has a track record of bar service that spans his entire career.
He has served numerous terms by Presidential appointment on the State Bar of Michigan’s:
- Judicial Qualifications Committee, which evaluates candidates for appointment to judicial vacancies on behalf of the appointing authority;
- Character and Fitness Committee, which evaluates applicants for admission to the State Bar of Michigan; and
- United States Courts Committee, which addresses issues confronting the federal courts.
He has also been nominated to run for the State Bar of Michigan’s Judicial Tenure Commission, and is a Life Fellow of the State Bar Foundation.
With the Oakland County Bar Association, he has served as a(n):
- Inns of Court Barrister;
- Discovery Mediator;
- Pro Bono Mentor;
- Chair and Vice Chair of the Forum for In-House Counsel Committee;
- Vice Chair of the Business Counsel and Courts Committee;
- Member of various ad hoc committees;
- Life Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation; and
- Nominee for the Board of Directors.
Jordan has also been an active member of The American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and a Barrister for the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association.
Jordan’s clients and connections have this to say about him:
- "I would not hesitate to recommend Jordan to anyone based on his hard work, experience and knowledge of the law… he is a trusted colleague." - Robb Smith, General Counsel, North American Bancard
- "Jordan Bolton is a dedicated professional, a natural litigator and… the sort of advocate I would want steering me through legal troubles." - Matthew Rechtien, Partner, Bodman
- "My company has utilized Jordan Bolton over the years in several instances, ranging from the mundane ‘contract review’… to the complex, scary, and sometimes urgent legal situations that sometimes arise when running a small business. Although he works for a large firm, he offers very personalized service, and is prompt and efficient. His qualifications and the peace of mind he instills in his clients are to be commended. I would (and have) recommend(ed) him to anybody who was having a business litigation question/issue, large or small. In fact, some clients of mine that I referred to Jordan were equally as happy with his work and have thanked me on more than one occasion for recommending his services." - Jeffrey Atto, Managing Member, Concise Computer Consulting
- "Jordan is a tenacious attorney who I have retained and referred to several friends and relatives. Always personable, detailed oriented, and readily accessible, he has a passion for his profession and a deep talent pool at his disposal to ensure all facets of any situation are covered." – Dominick Pulis, Quality Manager, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
- "Jordan (is)… one of the best Attorneys one could partner with. Jordan is respectful, genuine and generous, while at the same time sharp, strategic, and fearless. This unique combination of personality traits allows him to clearly navigate the ever changing environment of business, and also achieve results that are always focused on the best interest of his client." – Barry Spilman, CEO, RPM Freight Systems
- "Jordan Bolton is a high energy and passionate guy who gets things done! He's a natural connector who is always looking for ways to help his friends and network. He's a force of nature and the kind of guy you want on your team." – Marty Maddin, Founder, PEAK Performance International
Prior to joining Clark Hill, Jordan gained significant courtroom experience holding positions with Judge George C. Steeh of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the Free Legal Aid Clinic, and the 46th District Court of Southfield, Michigan.
Jordan resides in Birmingham, with his wife and two daughters.
Defended a number of trademark infringement actions in federal court relating to the sale of alleged Zig Zag knockoff products.
Advising clients regarding federal and state financial institution regulations in the context of providing services to cannabis-industry participants.
Representing a client in Oregon in a dispute involving the alleged failure of a million-dollar cannabis oil extraction machine to perform as claimed.
Represented a client in litigation in Michigan relating to a cannabis ballot initiative in the City of Detroit.
On behalf of two of our firm’s largest clients, a multi-office and multi-practice group team of Clark Hill attorneys and others recently obtained a $7,300,000 non-dischargeable fraud and conversion judgment by summary proceedings against their opposition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The ruling came after substantial briefing completed by Jordan Bolton (Birmingham – Litigation), Peter Jackson (Detroit – Bankruptcy), and Stuart Schwartz (Detroit – Construction); and a nearly two-hour oral argument session, led by Jordan and Stuart, and supported by Tim Lee (Detroit – Summer Associate). Substantial additional support was provided by one of our client’s outside general counsel, Ronald King (Lansing – Litigation).
In a pro bono case, Nicole Tersigni (under the supervision of Jordan Bolton and Stuart Schwartz) successfully prosecuted our clients’ primary breach of contract claim, and successfully defended our clients’ fraud claims through summary disposition proceedings. In short, our clients hired the defendant contractors to remodel our clients’ modest 900 square foot home, so the main level would be accessible to their severely disabled son. The defendant contractors took our clients’ money, completed a portion of the work, then walked off the job, claiming fraud in the inducement. After taking a significant supporting role in discovery, and a lead role in getting the defendant contractors’ counterclaims dismissed as a sanction for their discovery abuses, Nicole took a lead role in the briefing related to competing motions for summary. The Court dispensed with oral argument, granted our clients’ motion on their breach of contract action, and denied the defendant contractors’ request to dismiss our clients’ fraud claims.