Adalberto Jose Jordan was born in 1961 in Havana, Cuba. He came to the Miami, Florida with his family in 1968. He graduated from St. Brendan High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics from the University of Miami, then earned his Juris from the University of Miami School of Law.
He served as clerk for Judge Thomas Alonzo Clark of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia from 1987 to 1988, and for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court from 1988 to 1989. In 1994, he became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and in 1998, he was appointed Chief of the Appellate Division.
Jordan has served as United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit since 2012. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law, his alma mater, and at Florida International University’s College of Law.