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Judge Kent A. Jordan

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Confirmed on December 8, 2006
  • Judge Kent A. Jordan was confirmed on December 8, 2006 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which hears appeals from the federal district courts of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Virgin Islands.
  • Judge Jordan has a distinguished record as a practicing attorney in the public and private sectors and as a district court judge.
    • In 2002, Judge Jordan was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, where he served until his elevation to the Third Circuit.
    • From 1997 until 2002, Judge Jordan was General Counsel and Vice President of Corporation Service Company (CSC), where he managed all of the corporation’s legal affairs.
    • In 1992, Judge Jordan joined the Wilmington, Delaware firm of Morris James Hitchens & Williams as an associate, becoming a partner in 1994. His practice focused on patent and related disputes in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.
    • Judge Jordan served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Delaware from 1987 to 1992, becoming Chief of the Office’s Civil Division in 1991. His clients in civil cases consisted mainly of federal agencies with a broad array of legal disputes, from basic torts to complex federal regulatory and contractual problems. He also prosecuted a variety of criminal cases, involving matters such as drug trafficking, environmental crime, extortion, tax violations, and fraud.
    • Judge Jordan has written and spoken on a number of legal issues, predominantly on intellectual property and patent law.
  • Judge Jordan has impeccable academic credentials and professional training.
    • Judge Jordan served as a law clerk to the Honorable James L. Latchum of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.
    • He attended Brigham Young University and graduated in 1981 with high honors and a B.A. in Economics.
    • Judge Jordan received his J.D. cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1984.
  • Judge Jordan has been an active member of his community in both legal and non-legal capacities.
    • Judge Jordan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Legal Aid Society in Wilmington, Delaware, and from 1998 to 2002 was a member of the Delaware Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Provision of Legal Services to Low Income People.
    • Judge Jordan is active in a variety of non-legal organizations, including his church and local civic organizations, and has regularly volunteered at a local group home for the disabled.
    • During 1977 to 1978, Judge Jordan served in Japan as a full missionary with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.