Nathaniel M. Jordan has been a partner at Yoder Ainlay Ulmer & Buckingham LLP since 2009.
During his two decades of practice in northern Indiana, Mr. Jordan has handled trial and appellate court litigation in various state and federal courts, with stakes high and low. His litigation practice includes commercial litigation, employment litigation, and governmental litigation, in civil rights law and in other contexts. Mr. Jordan has represented for-profit and not-for-profit corporations and governmental clients in such litigation matters and has also represented them for general employment law and policymaking work. As part of his governmental work, Mr. Jordan took a lead role in codification of the Elkhart County, Indiana Code of Ordinances. Over his years of practice, Mr. Jordan has written articles, edited publications, and given presentations on topics relevant to governmental and corporate clients. He has been active in community, church, and lawyering organizations, with prior roles as a board member of the Oaklawn Foundation for Mental Health, as a board member of the American Heart Association’s Elkhart County Board of Directors, as a board member of College Mennonite Church, and as president of the Goshen City Bar Association. He previously served as DRI’s Governmental Liability Committee Publications Chair. Mr. Jordan is a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, which exists to be the inspired community of vetted defense counsel, exceptional leaders, and even better people.
Mr. Jordan has an unusually exceptional wife and daughters, and they enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, and watching movies together. He has written screenplays, performed music, and recorded pop music albums, and he reads and plays music in his spare time.
Mr. Jordan received a J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2002 and received a B.A. from Goshen College in 1998.
Mr. Jordan has previously served as a board member of the Oaklawn Foundation for Mental Health, as a board member of College Mennonite Church, as a board member of the American Heart Association’s Elkhart County Board of Directors, as the publications chair for DRI’s governmental liability committee, and as president of the Goshen City Bar Association. Presently, he is the publications vice chair for FDCC’s civil rights and public entity liability section.
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
- 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
- U.S. Tax Court
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:
- Proposed Wage and Hour Rule Affecting Executive, Administrative, and Professional Exemptions, YAUB E-Alert (Sept. 2023).
- Supreme Court Continues to Uphold Qualified Immunity, FDCC Annual Insights (2023).
- 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 Update, YAUB 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 Unconstitutional, DRI 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:
- Hiring Discrimination Issues — How to Prevent and Handle Them, National Business Institute (Live Online Seminar, July 31, 2023).
- Hiring, Onboarding, and Managing Remote Workers: How to Do It Right, National Business Institute (Live Online Seminar, July 31, 2023).
- Caught in a Trap, Can’t Walk Out: Ethics and Defense in a Multiple Party Civil Rights Representation, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 21, 2023).
- Creating a Respectful Work Environment, YAUB Seminar (multiple occasions in 2021 and 2022).
- 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, Oct. 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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