Darrell E. Jordan, 80, of Dallas, died January 30, 2019. He served as president of the State Bar of Texas from 1989 to 1990. Jordan was a partner in Diamond McCarthy in Dallas at the time of his death.
“We are saddened by the loss of Darrell Jordan, whose lifetime of service to the legal profession leaves a tremendous legacy,” State Bar Executive Director Trey Apffel said. “We extend our condolences to his family and friends.”
Jordan also served on the State Bar Board of Directors from 1983 to 1986 and 1988 to 1991, as a member of the Executive Committee from 1985 to 1986 and 1988 to 1991; as chairman of the State Bar Fact Finding Committee from 1985 to 1986; as a member of the Grant Review, Development, and Implementation Committee from 1984 to 1986; as the State Bar Board of Directors’ liaison to the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1986; and was a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Jordan also served on the District 6 Grievance Committee and the District 6 Prosecuting Committee. He was a member of the State Bar of Texas Litigation Section and the Antitrust and Business Litigation Section. Jordan was certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He was a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and a master of the Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court from 1992 to 2019.
Jordan was on the Center for American and International Law, formerly the Southwestern Legal Foundation, Board of Trustees from 1992 to 2019 and was Research Fellows chair from 1996 to 1997. He served on the Texas Bar Historical Foundation Board of Trustees from 1990 to 2007; on the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Board of Trustees from 1990 to 2011, including as president from 2000 to 2003; and was chair of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990 Advisory Committee.
Jordan was a member of the Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors from 1975 to 1983, serving as vice chair, chair, vice president, and president (1982). He was a member of the Dallas Bar Foundation Fellows from 1990 until the time of his death and served as the foundation’s chair from 1994 to 1996. He was named a life fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation.
Jordan served on the American Bar Association Board of Governors from 1995 to 1998, including on the Executive Committee from 1997 to 1998 and as chair of Committee Operations from 1997 to 1998. He served in the ABA House of Delegates from 1986 to 1998; as chair of the Commission on IOLTA from 2002 to 2005; and as president of the ABA Museum of Law Committee from 2003 to 2004.
He received numerous awards, including the Outstanding 50-Year Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation in 2015; the Charles O. Galvin Award for Extraordinary Service from SMU Dedman School of Law in 2005; the Special Services Award from the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and the DBA in 2003; the Harold F. Kleinman Award from the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation in 2003; an ABA Award for defending the constitutionality of IOLTA in 2003; the Stars of Justice Award from the Texas Access to Justice Commission in 2003; and the Justinian Award from the Dallas Lawyers Auxiliary in 2000. He received Presidential Citations from the State Bar of Texas in 1991 and 1999.
Jordan received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964.