Sean D. Jordan: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Sean D. Jordan


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Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Class Action Defense
  • Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 512.721.2679
Fax: 512.721.2656
University The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., summa cum laude
Law SchoolUniversity of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors
Admitted1994, Texas

Sean Jordan has handled complex civil litigation and appellate cases in both government service and private practice. With 20 years of experience, Sean serves as co-leader of the firm's Appellate Litigation practice. He represents clients in appeals involving commercial, class action, energy, insurance, and constitutional issues.

Prior to joining Sutherland, Sean served as the principal deputy solicitor general in the Office of the Solicitor General of Texas, representing the state, its agencies and officials in more than 40 appeals before federal and state courts. Sean has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and written numerous Supreme Court briefs. He led a team of 15 appellate lawyers charged with supervising the federal and state court appeals handled by the 800-lawyer Texas Attorney General's Office. He also coordinated the amicus curiae practice of the State of Texas in the U.S. Supreme Court, and federal circuit and state appellate courts. In private practice, Sean handles extensive appellate litigation as well as personal injury and complex commercial cases in federal and state trial courts, with an emphasis on class action defense. Prior to practicing law, Sean served in the United States Army as an infantryman and paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.

Selected Experience
Attorney successfully defends constitutional validity of Texas Open Meetings Act.

Attorney defeats statewide proposed injunctive class action.

Attorney wins high-profile, breach-of-contract case for state university.


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Texas Supreme Court Holds Cost to Remove Carbon Dioxide Injected in Enhanced Recovery Operations Is Properly Deductible from Royalties
Sean D. Jordan,Stephanie E. Kinzel-Tapper,Carter L. Williams, July 9, 2014
On June 27, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an opinion in Marcia Fuller French, et al v. Occidental Permian Ltd., No 12-002 (Tex. June 27, 2014), a case closely followed by the oil and gas industry.1 In its unanimous decision and on an issue of first impression, the court declared that removal of...

Texas Supreme Court Limits Fraud Claims by Terminated Employees
David A. Baay,Thomas R. Bundy,Peter N. Farley,Sean D. Jordan,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy, May 27, 2014
In a case of first impression, the Supreme Court of Texas declared that at-will employees may not bring an action for fraud that is contingent on the promise of continued at-will employment. The Court also held that employees subject to a collective bargaining agreement are bound by the...

Fifth Circuit Limits Pollution Liability
David A. Baay,Rachel Giesber Clingman,Juan C. Garcia,Daniel Johnson,Sean D. Jordan, February 27, 2014
In a significant decision issued February 24, 2014, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal laws preempt state laws in the case of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, because the event occurred in federal waters. That means states and local governments cannot collect penalties...
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Sean D. Jordan

600 Congress Avenue, Suite 2000
AustinTX 78701


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