James F. Jorden
Current Employment
  • Company:
    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath
Previous Employment
  • Company:
    Carlton Fields Jorden Burt P.A.
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Shareholder and Chairman of Life Insurance Industry Group – Responsible for supervision of all life insurance and life reinsurance matters for the Firm.

  • Company:
    Jorden Burt, LLP
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Founder and Managing partner of 80 lawyer firm specializing in life insurance, life reinsurance and related financial services, including mutual funds and investment advisory matters for 33 years.

  • Company:
    Sutherland Asbill Brennan
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Partner in insurance and financial services practice for 10 years

  • Attorney:
  • Education:
    Dickinson College, B.A.
    George Washington University Law School, LLM
Work Experience
  • Insurance Company: 14 years.
    Legal Department: 14 years. Supervising General Counsel
Breakdown of Experience
  • Life
  • Long Term Disability
  • Financial Guarantee
  • Healthcare
By Market
  • U.S. Market:
  • U.K. Market:

Insurance vs. Reinsurance: 85/15%
Treaty vs. Facultative Reinsurance: 90/10%
Former Insurance or Reinsurance Company Officer

Arbitration Experience

Number of Arbitrations

As Outside Counsel: 7

Lead Counsel Experience
Number of Arbitrations
Acted as Lead Counsel through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage and the resolution of significant pre-hearing motions.
Acted as Lead Counsel through to an evidentiary hearing of at least three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.

Mr. Jorden is a Senior Counsel at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, and was most recently partner at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt. For more than 30 years, he has represented many of the country’s largest insurance companies in complex litigation and general corporate counseling. Described in the National Law Journal as a “lawyers lawyer” by one of his insurance company clients, he was named a Client Service All-Star and one of the top “Go-To” lawyers in a recent BTI Survey of Fortune 1000 companies. His experience includes providing risk counseling and regulatory advice on complex reinsurance transactions and as lead counsel on numerous reinsurance arbitrations, including in hearings to award for both cedents and reinsurers. He has served as lead counsel for insurance companies in more than 50 individual cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States and more than 100 class actions. He has argued before the United States Supreme Court and eight of the U.S. Circuit Courts. Jim writes and speaks frequently on issues in these practice areas and Chairs the firm’s 50 lawyer Life Insurance Industry Group. He previously served as the general counsel and on the Board of American Bankers Insurance Group and its life and P/C subsidiaries.