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Jordan W Gerheim Esq.




 

 

Outside Chief Legal Executive
Litigator
Founder


 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 


 

CREDENTIALS




 

 

 


  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law (AL Law Review)
  • B.A., University of Georgia (cum laude)


 

 

 

 


 

STATE BAR ADMISSIONS




 

 

 

 


  • Alabama
  • Florida


 

 

 

 


 

COURTS




 

 

 

 


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts:
    - Northern District of Alabama
    - Middle District of Alabama
    - Southern District of Alabama
    - Northern District of Florida


 

 

 

 


 

RATINGS




 

 

 

 


  • Super Lawyers® Mid-South Rising Star
  •  Business & Corporate Law (2021)
  •  Civil Litigation (Defense) (2020)
  • America's Best Lawyers- Corporate Law (2022)
  • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings


 

 

    Profile


    JORDAN W GERHEIM




    Before founding OCL, Jordan worked for large traditional law firms with offices extending across the United States and internationally as well. Jordan originally trained as a litigator, amassing nearly 15 years of experience trying cases throughout the state and federal courts of both Alabama and Florida. Jordan defends and prosecutes a wide variety of cases including construction, insurance, bad faith, professional liability, product liability, wrongful death, employment, commercial, premises liability, dram shop/liquor liability, and workers compensation claims.

    Jordan serves as general and/or chief legal counsel for a growing list of companies, large and small, across a variety of industry groups. Jordan has always had an interest in business and entrepreneurism. He started his first business before the age of 12, babysitting, washing cars and shining shoes. In high school, he operated his own lawn care business with 20 weekly customers. Today, Jordan is still opening and growing his own businesses across several industries, including the founding of his new law firm Outside Chief Legal LLC. As a business owner himself, He understands the difficulty other owners' business objectives and budgetary constraints can affect or stalemate decisions. 

    Jordan's diverse litigation and outside chief legal experience provides him with the unique ability, as well as opportunity, to advise companies and business owners on a wide range matters and industry groups

    A native of Alpharetta, Georgia, Jordan has been a resident of Alabama for over 15 years. He currently resides in Mobile, Alabama where he met his wife, the former Johana Bucci, who is an Assistant District Attorney with the Mobile County District Attorney's Office.

    Affiliations

    ASSOCIATIONS

    • Alabama Bar Association
      - Vice Chair of Strategic Initiatives (2020 - Present)
      - Bench & Bar Relations Task Force (2022)
    • Mobile Bar Association
      - Young Lawyer Bar- Exec. Comm. (2009 - 2011)
      Executive Committee - Appointed (2014 - 2017)
      - Comm. Chairman - Civil Practice State and County Courts (2022 - Present)
      - Speakers Bureau Committee (2021 - Present)
    • Baldwin County Bar Association
    • Florida Bar Association
    • Defense Research Institute
      - Young Lawyer Steering Committee (5 years)
    • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
      - Bibb Allen Memorial Trial Academy Graduate
      - Young Lawyer Committee
    • South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program
    • American Bar Association
    • Manufacture Alabama
    • Alabama Associated General Contractors (AGC) - Associate Director

    SERVICE IN OUR COMMUNITY

    • Downtown Mobile Alliance - Board of Directors (2020 - Present)
      - Vice Chair of Strategic Initiatives (2020 - Present)
    • Main Street Mobile - Board of Directors (2020 - Present)
    • Leadership Mobile (2015 Graduate)
    • Fuse Project - Board of Directors
      - Original Board of Directors & Governance Chair (2011 - 2018)
      - Order of Fuse (2015 - Present)
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama (2019 - Present)
      - "Big Brother" to DeAngelo
    • UGA Alumni Association Club of Mobile & Surrounding Areas (Founder/Former President)
    • Senior Bowl Committee - (2009 - Present)

    Highlights

    CASE HIGHLIGHTS

    • Summary judgement and complete dismissal on behalf of local Alabama pest control company in fraud, negligence, wantonness, and breach of contract suit in Mobile, Alabama. Affirmed on appeal by Alabama Supreme Court.
    • Defense verdict on behalf of multi-state corporation in workers' compensation suit. Verdict upheld by Alabama Court of Civil Appeals and then Alabama Supreme Court.
    • Obtained favorable ruling from the AL Supreme Court. Client: national little league baseball program/local director Claim: spectator hit by baseball and sustained a serious brain injury/bleed.
    • Summary Judgment for Birmingham, Alabama Bar/Restaurant/Nightclub business owner on all claims, including Wrongful Death and Liquor Liability/Dram Shop Act.
    • Obtained favorable opinion from the Supreme Court of Alabama reversing and remanding a trial court's denial of a client's request to compel arbitration of claims filed against his business in Baldwin County, Alabama.
    • Successfully obtained order denying class certification attempt against popular community association and major tourist destination in Northwest Florida in case involving claim of violation of the Florida Deceptive & Unfair Trade Practices Act.
    • Summary judgment and dismissal for a national insurance provider in a suit brought under Alabama's Direct-Action Statute involving novel issues and arguments under Alabama law. Affirmed on appeal by the Alabama Supreme Court.
    • Defense verdict for construction company and its principal owners in Mobile, Alabama, arising out of allegations of negligence and breach of express and implied warranties. Jury verdict affirmed on appeal by the Alabama Supreme Court.
    • Dismissal of national beverage manufacturer in a federal court personal injury and product liability action.
    • Summary judgment and complete dismissal of restaurant and catering company in Mobile County on claims based on premises liability and Alabama's Dram Shop Act (liquor liability).
    • Dismissal of personal injury suit against regional grocery store chain in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. Court further awarded costs to be paid by plaintiff to client.
    • Dismissal of claims under Fair Campaign Practices Act against client made by opposing political candidate. Confirmation of election results affirmed by Mobile, Alabama court.
    • Summary judgment and complete dismissal for condominium association client in Baldwin County, Alabama, for claims alleged under Alabama's Uniform Condominium Act.
    • Dismissal of a personal injury action filed against a national grocery store chain filed in Coffee County (Elba), Alabama.
    • Summary judgment for condominium association client in Baldwin County, Alabama, in premises liability action.
    • Summary judgment on behalf of national chain company in Santa Rosa County, Florida, in premises liability action.
    • Dismissal on behalf of automobile dealership and finance company client in a personal injury action in Mobile County.
    • Summary judgment on behalf of plumbing company client in Mobile County for claims of negligence, wantonness, and fraud.

    Accolades

    RECOGNITIONS

    • Alabama Bar Association
      - Vice Chair of Strategic Initiatives (2020 - Present)
      - Bench & Bar Relations Task Force (2022)
    • Mobile Bar Association
      - Young Lawyer Bar- Exec. Comm. (2009 - 2011)
      Executive Committee - Appointed (2014 - 2017)
      - Comm. Chairman - Civil Practice State and County Courts (2022 - Present)
      - Speakers Bureau Committee (2021 - Present)
    • Baldwin County Bar Association
    • Florida Bar Association
    • Defense Research Institute
      - Young Lawyer Steering Committee (5 years)
    • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
      - Bibb Allen Memorial Trial Academy Graduate
      - Young Lawyer Committee
    • South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program
    • American Bar Association
    • Manufacture Alabama
    • Alabama Associated General Contractors (AGC) - Associate Director
    • FUN FACTS

      • U.S. Supreme Court- In 2015, Jordan was 1 of only 12 young lawyers in the country selected by the Defense Research Institute to be sworn in, in person, as a new member of the bar of the Supreme Court. The ceremony took place before all 9 justices, with Chief Justice Roberts granting the motion for Jordan's membership.
      • Hobbies- Jordan has a passion for travel and music. He enjoys the opportunity to combine his two hobbies, especially to see his favorite band Pearl Jam in a new city or country he has never been to.

    PUBLICATIONS

    • "Oral Advocacy at Every Stage of the Case" - Publication presented by Honorable Jeff Brown of the Texas Supreme Court and appellate lawyer, Chad Ruback. Austin, TX (2017).

    • Fundamentals of Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation CLE, Mobile, AL, (July 6, 2016).

    • "Alabama Litigation Overview," Practical Law Litigation (Summer 2016; Updated Spring 2018).

    • "Responding to a Complaint: Alabama Q&A," Practical Law Litigation (Summer 2015).

    • "The Surety's Contractual Right of Indemnity, 26th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Clearwater, Florida, April 2015.

    • Pro Ami and Structured Settlements, Keynote Speaker, Mobile Legal Professionals Association, November 2012.

    • "Insurers Beware: Defending Claims Under Alabama's Direct- Action Statute," Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA) Journal, 2012 Spring Edition.
    • "IF I ONLY KNEW THEN...: Suggestions for New Lawyers from Lessons Learned," The Whisper by the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Vol. 8, Issue 1, January 2012.

    • "Law School Initiative: Making the Most of Your Summer Clerkship: Tips on How to Be a Great Summer Associate," The Whisper by the Defense Research Institute (DRI), November 2010.