Albert L. Jordan's Profile

Bert Jordan has been a lawyer in Birmingham and Alabama for several decades.  He is listed as counsel in over 125 reported decisions of the state and federal courts over Alabama.

Much of his current work involves counseling and litigation about local government. His past work ranges from private business personnel disputes and election campaign finance to real estate and environmental litigation.  He has been attorney for each of the last three governors of Alabama, while they were in office. The work also includes service as counsel to the Finance Director and the Comptroller of Alabama in litigation over State policies barring government payroll deductions for political activity. He has litigated over the land transactions supplying incentives to auto maker Hyundai in connection with its decision to locate its first North American assembly plant in Montgomery.  He has successfully represented members of the Alabama Educational Television Commission in a dispute over the State Open Meetings Act filed by the Commission’s former executive director.

In 2021 Bert served as counsel to former ambassador to Slovenia Lynda Blanchard, in her campaign for U.S. Senate for election in 2022 to the position now held by retiring Senator Richard Shelby. In September 2017, he was general counsel to the Kay Ivey for Governor campaign, and, when she won the election in 2018, also served as general counsel to the Ivey Inaugural Committee. From early 2015 to December 2017, he was the State Legal Counsel to the Alabama Republican Executive Committee. He is a contributing editor for the Alabama Election Handbook, 2017-18 (18th ed.), published by the Alabama Law Institute. From 2006 to 2010, he taught constitutional law as an adjunct professor at Birmingham School of Law.

Bert is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, all Alabama federal district courts, and all Alabama state courts. From 2002 to 2006, he served on the Alabama Supreme Court’s Standing Committee on Rules of Conduct and Canons of Judicial Ethics. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Birmingham Bar Association, and the Federalist Society.


Cases of Note

  • Merrill v. Milligan, 2022 WL 354467 (U.S. Feb. 7, 2022) – amicus filing for State Republican Chairman supporting state officials’ emergency stay against lower court revision of Congressional election districts for 2022 voting
  • WM Mobile Bay Environmental Center, Inc. v. City of Mobile Solid Waste Disposal Authority, 2021 WL 5984333 (Ala. Dec. 17, 2021); WM Mobile Bay Environmental Center, Inc. v. City of Mobile Solid Waste Authority,  972 F. 3d 1240 (11th Cir. 2020) – answers to certified questions about exemption of corporation real property from execution under common law
  • WM Mobile Bay Environmental Center, Inc. v. City of Mobile Solid Waste Disposal Authority, 2021 U.S. App LEXIS 29457 (11th Cir. 2021) – successful challenge to district court order accepting unsupported allegation of diversity of citizenship for corporate plaintiff
  • Cannon v. Lucas, 2021 WL 3700830 (Ala. Aug. 20, 2021) – use of post-accident criminal conviction as impeachment evidence
  • Ex parte Carter, 275 So. 3d 115 (Ala. 2018)  – obtained mandamus relief against trial proceedings which challenged award by State Finance Director of software contract without competitive bid
  • United States v. Aossey, 854 F. 3d 453 (8th Cir. 2017) – disputing trial court jurisdiction over criminal charges in light of limitations in the Federal Meat Inspection Act, and reservation of powers to Secretary of Agriculture
  • Breland v. City of Fairhope, 229 So.3d 1078 (Ala. 2016) – reversed trial court dismissal on statute of limitations grounds of developer challenge to municipal land disturbance ordinance
  • Gaddy v. S.E. Property Holdings, 218 So.3d 315 (Ala. 2016) – defending action to collect debt on failed real estate venture, and effect of bankruptcies by some guarantors on power to issue execution against non-bankrupt guarantors
  • Drake v. Alabama Republican Party, 209 So.3d 1118 (Ala. Civ. App. 2016) – upholding discretion of political party to refuse refund of primary fee to candidate denied ballot access due to challenge to qualifications
  • In re Hubbard, 803 F.3d 1298 (11th Cir. 2015) – obtained mandamus against federal trial court in civil case ordering discovery from Governor in challenge to statute limiting dues checkoff for public employees political organizations
  • Moultrie v. Wall, 172 So.3d 1106 (Ala. 2015) – limited liability company owning car dealership in dispute over capital call and termination of ownership interest without convening a member meeting
  • White v. John, 164 So.3d 1106 (Ala. 2014) – reversing trial court injunction against State Comptroller employee dues check off guidelines issued without notice under State Administrative Procedures Act (and against their authorizing statute), where check off was barred by statute
  • In re Alabama Educational Television Commission, 144 So.3d 265 (Ala. 2013) – successful defense of public TV board against former executive director’s charge that civil penalties were owed for alleged violation of Open Meetings Act

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA, J.D., 1980
  • Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI, B.A., History, summa cum laude, 1977

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama

Badges

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated 2012