Jon Byron Jordan

Jon Jordan is a senior investigations counsel in the Miami regional office of the SEC’s FCPA unit.

After graduating with a business degree from Florida State University in 1990, Jordan studied law at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, obtaining his juris degree in 1994.

He started his legal career in earnest at Miami firm Wicker Smith in 1995, and since then has become an award winning government attorney.

Following his time at Wicker Smith, Jordan had stints with the SEC and then with a big law firm, Baker Botts. In 2002, he returned to the SEC, where he has remained since.

Jordan started out as a senior counsel in the enforcement division, in both Miami and Washington, DC, before rising to branch chief in Florida and then finally to senior investigations counsel with the FCPA unit – the role he carries out today.

In his time with the securities regulator Jordan has won five awards recognising his legal work, including two SEC Chairman’s Awards for Excellence – in 2002 and 2007.

Recently, he worked with fellow Miami-based FCPA unit official Thierry Olivier Desmet on the US$19 million foreign bribery settlement with Japanese conglomerate Hitachi.

In his time with the FCPA unit, Jordan has been vocal about his views on foreign bribery enforcement. In 2012, he advocated for a compliance defence, citing the then-recently introduced UK Bribery Act, arguing that companies should not be penalised for FCPA violations they could not have known about.

He has also published articles discussing FCPA enforcement trends, including in 2016 about recent actions against companies for providing inappropriate gifts and entertainment to government officials. 

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