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Jordan L. Strauss

Associate Managing Director, Business Intelligence and Investigations

North America

Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps
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Philadelphia, PA 19103

Jordan Strauss is an Associate Managing Director with Kroll’s Business Intelligence and Investigations practice. Jordan has served as a Director at the White House National Security Council specializing in incident management, the Deputy Justice Attaché and Senior Legal Advisor to the U.S. Justice Department in Kabul, Afghanistan, and as a federal prosecutor and trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. An experienced trial attorney, he was also the most senior crisis and emergency lawyer in the Department of Justice. A published author and accomplished speaker, Jordan has provided sworn testimony and led and participated in countless table-top and full-scale exercises relating to disaster preparedness and cyber attacks. He brings a unique perspective on many matters of concern to Kroll clients around the world, particularly in the discipline of crisis and incident preparedness and response, where his expertise ranges from the development of robust policy and legal frameworks to the delivery of federal efforts at the tactical and strategic level.

Jordan completed his distinguished career with the U.S. Department of Justice as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Assigned to the Criminal Division, he conducted multiple felony jury trials and oversaw serious cases that included gun crime, illegal reentry, computer crime, money laundering, and narcotics matters. In February 2015, he concluded his appointment as Deputy Justice Attaché and Senior Legal Advisor, at the Justice Department’s office in Kabul, Afghanistan. In this role, Jordan was responsible for the Department’s counter-corruption portfolio, and supported criminal justice, anti-money laundering, and national security capacity-building efforts by working with prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement professionals across the country, focusing particularly on the Kabul Bank fraud and subsequent collapse. For his service, he was awarded the Justice Department Expeditionary Award (with distinction), and commendations from the State Department, Afghanistan law enforcement organizations, and other federal entities.

Jordan departed for Afghanistan from his post at the White House National Security Council, where he was Director for Incident Management. His responsibilities included managing a variety of sensitive national security policy matters and supporting the operational needs of the President and senior national security leadership. He worked extensively with the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Intelligence Community, and helped coordinate the response to a number of high-profile events.

Prior to his service at the White House, Jordan served as the first Director of Preparedness and Response for the DOJ’s National Security Division, providing regular counsel to the DOJ’s senior leadership while focusing on matters pertaining to national security law and emergency response. During this time, he coordinated or assisted in the coordination of the DOJ response for several high-profile matters, including the Japan earthquake and nuclear disaster of 2011, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Hurricane Irene, and the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. He also developed and led the Division’s business continuity and crisis program.

Jordan began his legal career as a Trial Attorney with the DOJ’s Civil Division in 2005, having joined through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. He was responsible for the investigation and litigation of a wide variety of complex civil fraud, False Claims Act, parallel investigations, and qui tam claims against individuals and entities. Typical matters that he handled involved disaster-related fraud, procurement fraud, and fraud against banks and U.S. agencies. He led or co-led cases that recovered over $100 million, and won several awards for his work.

Jordan served as law clerk to the Hon. Clarence C. Newcomer in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for two years after graduating from Case Western School of Law. He was also an Adjunct Professor at American University School of Law for seven years.

Selected Publications

  • Incident response and military authorities chapter (re-write), Weapons of Mass Destruction Monograph (2011), National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice.
  • “Expectation for Civil Litigation Following a Major Disaster.” Crisis Response and Related Litigation (2009), Office of Legal Education, U.S. Department of Justice.
  • “Context Is Everything: Towards a More Flexible Rule for Evaluating True Threats Under the First Amendment.” 32 S.W.U. L. REV. 231 (2003), Southwestern University Law Review.

Selected Testimony and Speaking Engagement

  • Sworn testimony on behalf of the Department of Justice before Federal Advisory Committee Act Panel investigating adequacy of existing authorities for Department of Defense support to civilian authorities during times of disaster
  • International Health Security Conference, Washington, D.C., 2012
  • American Bar Association Annual Conference, Chicago, 2012
  • Biennial Department of Justice Crisis Management Coordinator’s Conference, 2015, 2011, 2009. 
  • Represented the Justice Department at dozens of table-top and full-scale exercises involving earthquakes, biological and chemical attacks, nuclear strikes, and other matters.

Education & Certifications 

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Order of the Coif
  • B.A., Hampshire College
  • Admitted to the Bar in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Awards & Recognition 

  • U.S. Department of Justice Expeditionary Service Award (with distinction)
  • General Services Administration Inspector General Award (Two)
  • U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award (Multiple)

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