Vernon E. Jordan Jr. practices general, corporate, legislative and international law at Akin Gump. Earlier in his career, he also practiced privately in Arkansas and Georgia.
Vernon is also a senior managing director of Lazard Frères & Co. LLC in New York. He works with a diverse group of clients across a broad range of industries.
Before Akin Gump, Vernon held the following positions:
- President and CEO, National Urban League, Inc.
- President, United Negro College Fund, Inc.
- Director, Voter Education Project, Southern Regional Council
- Attorney consultant, U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity
- Assistant to Executive Director, Southern Regional Council
- Georgia Field Director, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
In 1992, he served as the Chairman of the Clinton Presidential Transition Team.Vernon is the author of Vernon Can Read! A Memoir and Make It Plain, Standing Up and Speaking Out.
- Is a senior managing director at a leading financial advisory and asset management firm.
- Serves as a director and a senior advisor to numerous corporations and institutions.
- Senior advisor, Board of Directors, American Express Company.
- Senior managing partner, Lazard.
- Trustee Emeritus, Howard University.
- Member, International Advisory Board, Barrick Gold.
- Former Corporate Director of many Fortune 100 boards of directors.
- Presidential appointee for:
- President’s Advisory Committee for the Points of Light Initiative Foundation.
- Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on South Africa.
- Advisory Council on Social Security.
- Presidential Clemency Board.
- American Revolution Bicentennial Commission.
- National Advisory Committee on Selective Service.
- Council of the White House Conference “To Fulfill These Rights.”
- Life member, Council on Foreign Relations.
- Life member, The Bilderberg Meetings.
- Member, National Bar Association.
- Member, American Bar Association.
- J.D., Howard University School of Law, 1960
- B.A., DePauw University, 1957
- District of Columbia
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