Supreme Court of Georgia

Supreme Court of Georgia
Jane Hansen, Public Information Officer
244 Washington Street, Suite 572
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Atlanta, January 29, 2015 – Superior Court Judge Frank J. Jordan, Jr. of the
Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice David E.
Nahmias in the appeal of Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. v. XL Specialty Insurance Company
(S15Q0418). The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments in the case on Tuesday, Feb. 3,
2015 during its 10:00 A.M. session. In this case, the United States Court of Appeals for the
Eleventh Circuit is asking the Georgia Supreme Court to answer three questions involving
interpretation under Georgia law of an insurance policy before the federal court makes a final
determination in the case. In addition to hearing arguments, Judge Jordan will participate in the
Court’s decision.
Judge Jordan, 67, was appointed to the Superior Court in July, 2000 by then-Gov. Roy
Barnes; he has been re-elected four times. The six-county Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit covers
the counties of Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Muscogee, Talbot and Taylor. Prior to his
appointment to the bench, Judge Jordan was in private practice for more than 28 years in
Talbotton, GA and also served as Municipal Court Judge in Talbotton and Buena Vista.
He has served as Judge for the Muscogee County Adult Felony Drug Court since its
creation in September 2007. He also served on the Legislative Study Committee for the Child
Support Guidelines Revision during the 2005 legislative term.
Judge Jordan is a founding member and former president of the Columbus Inn of Court, a
member of the Columbus Rotary Club, and president and a founding member of Two Rivers
Resource Conservation and Development Council. He has served more than 19 years on the
Talbot County School Board and 42 years on the Pine Mountain Soil and Water Conservation
District Board. In 1991, he was named Georgia Tree Farmer of the Year.
Judge Jordan received a B.A. cum laude from Mercer University and a J.D. cum laude
from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He served as a member of the Board
of Visitors of the Mercer Law School. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was honorably
discharged as a Captain.
Judge Jordan and his wife, Pam, have been married for 45 years and have two children
and seven grandchildren. He and his wife are members of Talbotton Baptist Church.
(Designated judges are appointed when a justice must recuse himself or herself from a
particular case. The Supreme Court of Georgia maintains a list of judges from around the state
and when the need arises, the Court appoints the next judge on the list to replace the justice.)