Get to Know Jordan Bolton


Attorney Jordan S. Bolton is an Equity Member in Clark Hill’s Litigation Practice Group. He has been with Clark Hill since 2002, is chairperson of the National Recruiting Committee (Summer Associate Program), leads corporate culture initiatives, maintains a leadership role in the E2 initiative (helping start-ups and early-stage ventures manage  legal spend), and is principally resident in the Birmingham office.

A cum laude graduate of Wayne State University Law School, Bolton helps business leaders, house counsel, and individuals by providing dispute resolution and transactional services. In addition to a national commercial litigation, mediation, and arbitration practice, he maintains an outside general counsel practice for individuals and business leaders.

He has been recognized by Lawyers Weekly for obtaining the largest judgment in Michigan ($120,000,000, in a fraud action); named Legal Aid and Defenders' Pro Bono Attorney of the Year; named in Super Lawyers every year for more than a decade; repeatedly named a dBusiness's Top Lawyer; rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell; rated “10/10 Superb” by Avvo; profiled in Crain's Detroit Business among the busiest litigators in Michigan; and selected to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General

For the State Bar of Michigan, in addition to serving as a Life Fellow of the Foundation and Judicial Tenure Commission nominee, Bolton serve(d) on the Judicial Qualifications, Character and Fitness, and United States Courts Committees.

By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

What would surprise people about your job? Although we are adversaries when we are engaged on opposite sides of the “v”, many of my opposing counsel are good friends. 

Why did you become a lawyer? From as far back as I can remember, no other vocation appealed to me, excepting a couple of brief delusional stints when I thought I might be able to overcome my lack of talent to have a viable career in athletics.

What advice do you have for someone considering law school? Only do it if you are reasonably confident you will genuinely enjoy being an attorney or will be able to leverage the education for other pursuits. For those who love it, it is a wonderful profession. For those who do not, it is far from…

What’s your proudest moment as a lawyer? My proudest moments as an attorney have all come when I have been able to conclude a pro bono engagement in a way that genuinely helped someone in need achieve an end that they would not have been able to achieve without pro bono assistance.

What do you do to relax? Play with my two daughters – in those rare moments when I am able to force myself to truly escape into the game, I find no purer form of relaxation.

What would you say to your 16-year-old self? No matter how cool you think long hair looks, it does not.
Favorite app: Flipboard (News Aggregator), Peloton, Waze.

Favorite music: Beatles, Billy Joel, Guns N’ Roses.

What is your happiest childhood memory? Skiing with my family at Nubs Nob.

What’s the most awe-inspiring place you’ve ever been? The Amalfi Coast.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? The ability to generate muscle from carbohydrates and fat.

What is something most people don't know about you? Counting in-laws and steps, I have siblings ranging in age from 2 to 50.
If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be? Thomas Hobbes, James Madison, and Abraham Lincoln.

What’s the best advice you ever received? When it comes to litigation, the devil is always in the details.

What is your motto? Each day is nothing more than a series of decisions between the right way and the easy way.

What is your most treasured material possession? Family photos – nearly everything else can be replaced.