Jordan Strauss is a managing director with the Business Intelligence and Investigations practice of Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps and a Duff & Phelps Institute Fellow. Jordan has served as 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 brings a unique perspective on many matters of concern to Kroll clients around the world and focuses his practice on helping his clients understand, resolve and learn from issues that threaten their competitiveness, security and prosperity.

Jordan often works with clients experiencing existential threats and is accustomed to investigating and advising on the most sensitive issues that organizations may face. His clients include large financial institutions, large and small non-profit organizations, educational institutions, law firms and defense and technology firms. He has managed the holistic response to data breaches and data leaks, helped clients navigate alleged employee and senior executive misconduct, advised on internal security issues and helped advise on pre-transactional risks. Jordan is often asked to conduct climate reviews for organizations that are concerned about diversity, safety and compliance matters. He has also conducted dozens of sexual misconduct investigations at educational institutions and is certified to do so. He has provided sworn testimony and led and participated in countless table-top and full-scale exercises relating to disaster preparedness and cyber attacks. Jordan’s clients value his ability to fact-find while treating interviewees and subjects with sensitivity and compassion. He is an expert at combining traditional investigative techniques with novel cyber and data analytics-enabled methods.

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.

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. He handled matters involving 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.

Representative Engagements
  • Data Breach Investigations
    Jordan has led multiple investigations of the release of sensitive data, both large and small. Working with Kroll’s cyber and data analytics processionals, he helps clients understand whether data has been released, why and what should be done about it. Jordan is an expert at combining traditional investigative techniques with cutting-edge computer forensics and data analytics tools, particularly in the context of complex datasets, where de-duplication and entity resolution is critical to understanding compliance obligations.
  • Misconduct Investigations
    Jordan has conducted countless investigations of alleged senior executive misconduct. His clients have included domestic and international non-profit organizations, schools and universities and publicly traded companies. Often retained by boards of directors, Jordan and his team provide clients with objective, unbiased and comprehensive facts with which they and counsel can act on. 
  • Fraud and Regulatory Investigations
    Jordan has conducted multiple internal investigations for public and private companies and non-profits involving alleged violations of the federal False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act.
  • Crisis Management
    Jordan has counseled private and public companies and an international non-profit on holistic crisis management (including legal and public relations issues) as they navigated high-profile allegations of misconduct and unfounded public allegations of violations of the law.
  • Pre-Transaction Investigations and Diligence
    Jordan has led multiple pre-deal control reviews on behalf of private equity firms.

Selected Publications and Testimony
  • “Expectation for Civil Litigation Following a Major Disaster.” Crisis Response and Related Litigation, Office of Legal Education, U.S. Department of Justice.
  • 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.
  • Biennial Department of Justice Crisis Management Coordinator’s Conference, 2015, 2011, 2009. 

Teachings and Presentations

An accomplished teacher, Jordan designed and teaches “National Security Law,” an advanced seminar at Drexel University’s Kline School of Law; he also lectures on cyber-enabled investigations at Rutgers University’s Cybersecurity Certificate Program. On overseas assignments with the United States, he taught investigative techniques to dozens of foreign nationals.  

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

Awards and 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)
  • Commendations from multiple Federal Departments and agencies for national and internal security matters, crisis management, and anti-fraud programs.
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