Nathaniel M. Jordan
Nathaniel M. Jordan
Nathaniel M. Jordan



Nathaniel M. Jordan is a partner at Yoder Ainlay Ulmer & Buckingham LLP.

Mr. Jordan works on lawsuits in state court and in federal court, at the trial level and on appeal. On appeal, he’s argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals three times and once before the Indiana Supreme Court. He handles wage and hour matters and other employment law policy and personnel matters for both business and government, and he also defends employers from employment law claims and lawsuits. Likewise, he handles commercial disputes at various levels. Mr. Jordan’s practice includes governmental law and civil rights law; here, too, both on the policymaking side and in court. And Mr. Jordan assists clients in electronic data matters. He is part of firm practice groups for litigation, employment law, and governmental law.

Areas of Practice


Mr. Jordan received a J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2002 and received a B.A. from Goshen College in 1998.

Community Involvement

Mr. Jordan is a board member of the Oaklawn Foundation for Mental Health. He has previously served as president of the Goshen City Bar Association and as a board member of the American Heart Association’s Elkhart County Board of Directors. He previously served as DRI’s Governmental Liability Committee Publications Chair.

Admissions & Professional Associations

Mr. Jordan was admitted to the Indiana State Bar in 2002. He is a member of the following associations:

  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • DRI
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Goshen City Bar Association

Mr. Jordan is admitted to practice in:

  • State of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court of Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court of Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Michigan

Reported Cases

Mr. Jordan’s reported cases include the following:

  • Canen v. Chapman, 847 F.3d 407, 408 (7th Cir. 2017).
  • Rice ex rel. Rice v. Corr. Med. Servs., 675 F.3d 650 (7th Cir. 2012).
  • DeWalt v. Greencroft Goshen, Inc., 902 F. Supp. 2d 1127 (N.D. Ind. 2012).
  • Bellows v. Bd. of Comm’rs of Elkhart, 926 N.E.2d 96 (Ind. Ct. App. 2010).
  • Hochstetler v. Elkhart County Highway Dept., 868 N.E.2d 425 (Ind. 2007).

Publications and Presentations

Mr. Jordan’s publications include:

  • When Emergencies Call for Non-Exempt Work, YAUB E-Alert (March 2020).
  • Wage and Hour Update Regarding Regular Rate Regulations, YAUB E-Alert (December 2019).
  • Federal Court Blocks Department of Labor Wage and Hour Regulatory UpdateYAUB E-Alert (November 2016).
  • Supreme Court Protects Job Applicant’s Religious Practice, YAUB E-Alert (June 2015).
  • Officers Entitled to Qualified Immunity for Detaining Police Sergeant, DRI Today (June 1, 2015, 02:48 EST).
  • Section 1981 Does Not Prohibit Religious Discrimination, Holds Seventh Circuit, DRI Today (November 10, 2014, 04:39 EST).
  • Seventh Circuit Affirms Decisions Concerning Jury Selection, DRI Today (August 15, 2014, 02:48 EST).
  • Seventh Circuit Finds Jury Must Decide Excessive Force Claim, DRI Today (August 8, 2014, 03:10 EST).
  • Seventh Circuit Finds Indiana’s Marriage Solemnization Statute UnconstitutionalDRI Today (July 15, 2014, 09:42 EST).
  • Seventh Circuit Finds Heck v. Humphrey Does Not Bar Two Section 1983 Claims, DRI Today (July 7, 2014, 03:24 EST).
  • 42 U.S.C. § 1981 Does Not Create Private Action against State Actors in Seventh Circuit, DRI Today (May 27, 2014, 06:05 EST).
  • Seventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Where Officers Rely on Emergency Detention Statement, DRI Today (May 13, 2014, 08:30 EST).
  • Avoiding Discrimination Claims by Treating Similar Employees Equally, YAUB E-Alert (May 2012).
  • Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 Interim Amendments Now Final, YAUB E-Alert (May 2011).
  • Beware of the Employee Claim of Third Party Retaliation, YAUB E-Alert (2011).

Mr. Jordan’s presentations include:

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Basics, YAUB Seminar (Goshen, Indiana, Oct. 4, 2019, and Nov. 30, 2019).
  • Overtime: The Department of Labor’s New Rule, YAUB Seminar (Goshen, Indiana, October 16, 2019).
  • Wage and Hour Fundamentals, With Latest Exemption Updates, Goshen Chamber of Commerce (Goshen, Indiana, Oct. 11, 2018).
  • Wage and Hour Fundamentals, With Latest Exemption Updates, YAUB Seminar (Goshen, Indiana, May 23, 2018).
  • Fair Labor Standards Act Update: Wage and Hour Claims, Indiana Civil Rights Commission (Elkhart, Indiana, Aug. 26, 2016).
  • Overtime Regulations Update for For-Profit Companies, YAUB Seminar (Goshen, Indiana, July 6, 2016).
  • Overtime Regulations Update for Non-Profit Companies, YAUB Seminar (Goshen, Indiana, June 16, 2016).
  • Pretrial Motions and Brief Writing, Basic Attorney Training, Elkhart City Bar Association and Elkhart Superior Courts 1 and 2 (Elkhart, Indiana, Dec. 9, 2015).
  • Internships and the Fair Labor Standards Act, Goshen Chamber of Commerce HR Network (Goshen, Indiana, April 3, 2014).
  • Police Liability in Indiana: Excessive Force under State and Federal Law, Lorman Education Services (South Bend, Indiana, Sept. 19, 2013).
  • A Survey of the White-Collar Exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, YAUB Seminar (Goshen, Indiana, Nov. 29, 2011).
  • The Family Medical Leave Act in Indiana, Family and Medical Leave Act, Lorman Education Services (South Bend, Indiana, Jan. 25, 2007).

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