Meet Your New Neighbors: The Jordan-Cummings Family

Julie Jordan and James Cummings, and their children Patrick (age 11) and Nora (age 8), moved at the end of June into 1312 Beachview Road. “A few months ago, pre-COVID, we were visiting friends in the Fishing Creek Farm community for a long weekend, and were just mesmerized by the neighborhood,” comments James. “The wildlife, the water, the people, and the whole package was just spectacular, and to think that we could actually live here!”

Professional Lives

Julie is a partner in the Litigation Group of Sullivan & Cromwell and serves as co-head of both the Whistleblower Litigation and Workplace Investigations Practice and the Labor and Employment Law Group. She was selected as one of the “Super Lawyers for 2018-2020”—a  peer designation awarded to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state.

Prior to joining the firm in its New York City headquarters 20 years ago this August, Julie served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. She moved to Sullivan & Cromwell’s Washington D.C. office when she married James, who was then working at Walter Reed (see below).

Julie received her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University—where she met James —and her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio – where she grew up. .

An infectious disease specialist by training, James had a 26-year career in the military, from which he retired as a Colonel five years ago. He is now President of Gaithersburg, Maryland-headquartered ICON Government and Public Health Solutions, which provides drug development solutions and services to Government, NGO,  pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. “We’re doing a lot of the vaccine work for COVID-19, describes James “We are multinational, so we have offices in Gaithersburg, Ohio, and then pick a country. . . we’re there!”

James’ military career included his Internship, Residency and Fellowship at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, where he also was a Staff Internal Medicine Physician and held various other positions. He served as a paratrooper and regimental surgeon for 504th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, NC. He did a stint as Chief of Overseas Vaccine Development, and then returned to Walter Reed to eventually become the Chief of its Clinical Trials Center—the only comprehensive clinical trials center of the Department of Defense. For more details on his military and private experience, see his LinkedIn profile.

James received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton. James grew up in Pennsylvania. 

At-Home Lives

How do Julie, James, and the kids spend their family time? “We are having a whole lot of fun swimming in the pool, enjoying nature, going for walks, cooking, and we look forward to again being able to travel,” says James.

After quarantining in their home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Julie is delighted that Patrick and Nora will have more ability to enjoy the out-of-doors here in Fishing Creek Farm. “We still have our home in Chevy Chase, and we expect them to return to school there.

The family also has a two-year old Bernedoodle named Riley. “She has a lot of energy and is very smart- so she can be a handful at times, ,” comments Julie.  Her nickname is “El Chapo” given all her escapes. “It has been particularly great for the kids to have Riley during quarantine.”

James plays “a little guitar” and he and Julie enjoy contemporary music as well as jazz. “Both of us are voracious readers,” says James. “Historical, fiction, non-fiction, and more. You name it, we’ll read it,” says James. Julie’s sister is Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter and author Mary Jordan, so they have “a few of her books on the shelf!”[1]

The family also loves movies, particularly those that “aren’t too over the top, have a good story, and a message for the family.”

Food. “We love food,” says James. “And wine,” adds Julie, noting James is  a connoisseur.

Boaters? Yes, James got a Class I license for sailing at the Academy when he was in the military, but they don’t have a boat yet. “We’re looking forward to adding that to both our activities here in Fishing Creek,” comment James and Julie. Julie likes to paddleboard, so FCF offers a nice opportunity for that as well.

Patrick is entering 5th grade this fall, loves basketball and reading, and just finished reading more than 200 books from the “Who Was” series.  Nora is entering the third grade, and loves reading, art, fashion, and tennis.

Please welcome Julie, James, Patrick, and Nora to “the hood.”

[1] The latest is The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump, which was released in June of this year.

Written by Nancy Haiman – August 19th, 2020

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