B.A., Northwestern University
J.D., DePaul University College of Law
Ms. Jordan has been advising corporations both as a senior executive with responsibility for the corporations’ legal affairs and as outside counsel for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Mandell Menkes, she worked for consumer products and technology companies at the General Counsel or Assistant General Counsel level for over 15 years. From 1999 until mid-2004, she served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for PeopleSoft, Inc., the world’s second largest provider of enterprise application software with annual revenues of approximately $ 2.8 billion, until it was acquired by Oracle Corporation. In that role, she advised the Board of Directors, Board Committees and management on all legal matters affecting the corporation, including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and corporate governance matters. She also provided strategic advice relating to mergers and acquisitions, litigation and risk management, antitrust matters and intellectual property strategy, protection and enforcement. The corporation’s legal department included approximately 95 professionals in offices in the U.S. and internationally.
Prior to joining PeopleSoft, Ms. Jordan was Vice President and General Counsel for Sega of America, Inc. Before that she was a Partner in the Palo Alto firm, Carr & Ferrell, concentrating on litigation, licensing and intellectual property matters. She has also held positions as Vice President and General Counsel for Worlds of Wonder, Inc., a manufacturer of electronic toys and games, Assistant General Counsel for Dole Foods, Inc., a $2 billion food processing and real estate development corporation, and Corporate Counsel with Beatrice Companies, Inc. and Gould Inc., both Fortune 500 companies.
Ms. Jordan served on the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Board of Directors from 1987 through1991 and 1995 through 1998, the American Law Institute’s Advisory Committee for the Restatement of Unfair Competition, and the Trademark Review Commission which drafted the Trademark Law Revision Act of 1988, the first major revision to U.S. trademark law since 1946. She chaired INTA’s Brief Amicus Committee from 1990 through 1992. She served on the Executive Committee of the California State Bar Intellectual Property Section from 1989 through 1992, and was a member of the ABA Task Force on Security Interests in Intellectual Property. Ms. Jordan is a frequent speaker and author on a intellectual property and commercial topics and has been published in the National Law Journal. She is a contributor to the recently published “Winning Legal Strategies for Software Companies: Leading Lawyers on Protecting IP, Negotiating Contracts, and Creating Legal Game Plans.”