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W. Carl Jordan
W. Carl Jordan
Partner — General Counsel
Partner — General Counsel

W. Carl Jordan

W. Carl Jordan

1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002

W. Carl Jordan

Experience Highlights

  • Represented a major energy company in litigation involving severance pay and executive compensation claims by numerous former officers and managers displaced as the result of a merger

  • Represented a national insurance company in an age discrimination and fraud lawsuit brought by several former officers displaced as a result of a nationwide reorganization

  • Represented an international construction company in the jury trial of a sexual harassment lawsuit (jury verdict for the employer)

  • Represented a major oil-refining company in arbitration of random drug testing issues in several states (obtained awards upholding validity of testing program)

  • Represented major corporations in several public policy wrongful discharge litigations, including trials, brought by former executive and professional employees alleging they were discharged for refusing to engage in illegal activities 

  • Represented clients in connection with numerous class action employment discrimination lawsuits involving issues of disparate treatment and disparate impact, including trials on the merits and negotiation of consent decrees 

  • Represented clients in collective actions under Fair Labor Standards Act 

  • Assistance to clients concerning the development of dispute resolution programs and defense before courts of such programs 

  • Represented clients in OFCCP glass ceiling reviews and defense of affected class discrimination findings 

  • Represented clients in several administrative proceedings involving claims under federal whistleblower statutes, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act 

  • Conducted numerous sensitive investigations for Boards of Directors, CEO’s, and General Counsels of major clients 


  • Harvard Law School, J.D. with honors, 1974
  • Baylor University, B.A. with honors, 1971
  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment (Texas), 2003-2016, 2020, and 2021; “Senior Statesman” in Labor & Employment (Texas), 2014–2019 and 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), (Houston): Labor and Employment Law–Management, 1989–2022; Litigation–Labor and Employment, 2017−2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), “Lawyer of the Year,” (Houston): Labor and Employment Law, 2011, 2012 and 2020; Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2014 and 2020
  • Human Resource Executive, one of the Top 10 Employment Lawyers in America,  2008
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Law Business Research Ltd.), Labor and Employment, 1997–2009
  • Who’s Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.), Texas, Management Labor and Employment Law, 2007 and 2008; Labor, Employment & Benefits, 2016 and 2017
  • Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Guide to the World’s Leading Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2004
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2003–2020
  • Selected to the Top 100 Houston Region Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2003–2005
  • The National Law Journal, one of “The Best Employment Litigators in the Nation,” 1992
  • Conference Chair and Director: American Employment Law Council, 1998–1999 and 1999–2018
  • Member: Labor and Employment Section, and Section’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, American Bar Association (various leadership positions)
  • Member: Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Labor and Employment Law Advisory Commission, 2001–2006 (Chair: 2005–2006)
  • Fellow: American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • “SEC’s Final Rules Reject Requirement That Whistleblowers Report Internally Before Going to the SEC,” V&E’s Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Provisions Update, May 26, 2011
  • Supplement to Employment Discrimination Law 3rd Edition, BNA (editor in chief)
  • Author of numerous articles, treatise chapters, and other publications on employment laws