Jonathan Pressment

Practices

Industries

Education and Clerkships

J.D., Tulane University Law School, 1997, cum laude, Order of the Barristers

A.B., American Civilization, Brown University, 1994, with honors.

Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Profile

Jonathan Pressment has served as a trusted advisor and counsel to numerous Fortune 500 companies and organizations who have come to recognize that, at a relatively young age, Jon has successfully represented some of the world’s most recognized businesses, institutions and individuals in some of their most complex civil litigation matters.  

Whether it be his role as outside counsel to the National Football League in connection with a series of Super Bowl and Conference Championship related litigations; his service as Special Counsel to the Trustee in the SIPC liquidation of former Senator and New Jersey Governor, Jon Corzine’s, now-defunct brokerage, MF Global, Inc. (the eighth largest bankruptcy in U.S. history); his tireless representation of all five of New York City’s county bar associations in historic litigation waged against the Mayor of the City of New York with respect to indigent criminal defense services; or his securing of victory on behalf of one of America’s most beloved treats, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, in litigation to save the company’s lone New York City location from closure; Jon has consistently garnered attention for his successful work on behalf of Haynes and Boone clients.   

Jon’s value to clients is evident well before he ever sets foot into the courtroom on their behalf.  The son of a solo practitioner, Jon sees even his biggest corporate clients as people and views even the largest of litigation budgets as limited.  Jon recognizes that, for most clients, the costs, time commitment and consequences associated with litigation can be felt well beyond the litigation itself.  As a result, clients frequently look to Jon to formulate innovative and effective litigation strategies that are mindful of the ramifications litigation poses to other areas of their businesses including their budgets, operations, anticipated transactions, corporate initiatives, and public relations.  

Once formulated, Jon has the skills to ensure that litigation strategies are successfully implemented.  Having appeared as first-chair trial and appellate counsel on matters before nearly all levels of state and federal courts, Jon has extensive experience in all aspects of case commencement, discovery, motion practice and trial practice in commercial litigation matters including matters pending before the New York State Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.  And Jon has honed his skills across a wide array of disputes involving issues of breach of contract, intellectual property, civil liberties, securities, professional liability, entertainment law, products liability, bankruptcy and class action defense.  It is these talents which led a United States District Court judge to proclaim that Jon “was among the best I have seen” in his time as a Judge.

Apart from his work on behalf of clients of the firm, Jon is well-recognized for his important role in the New York City legal community as a Director on the Board of the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) – one of the nation’s oldest and largest county bar associations. Since 2013 Jon has ably led NYCLA’s task force on indigent defense services, aiming to ensure that even the poorest of citizens are granted access to the effective assistance of counsel.  In 2014, Jon was also appointed to serve as a delegate to the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates.

Touchdown

NFL Super Bowl Trial

Haynes and Boone Garners National Attention for "A Series of Touchdowns" Scored on Behalf of the NFL in Super Bowl Seating Trial

The verdict in the federal jury trial arising from the issues with the installation of temporary seating at Super Bowl XLV continues to garner national attention.  As quoted in the New York Times, Haynes and Boone partner and lead trial attorney Thad Behrens noted that “the NFL has always accepted responsibility for the problems that were experienced by some of its fans at Super Bowl XLV and has attempted from the beginning to compensate them for their genuinely received losses and inconvenience."  But on the most disputed issue in the trial—whether the League fraudulently induced two of the plaintiffs into purchasing seats with obstructed views for the game—the NFL prevailed decisively.  NBC Sports hailed the verdict as “a big win for the league.”  The Texas Lawbook called the verdict in the case the latest in “a series of touchdowns for the NFL’s lawyers, who all practice at Haynes and Boone.”  
 
When the case was filed in February 2011, the plaintiffs designed it as a multi-million dollar class action on behalf of potentially hundreds of Super Bowl XLV ticketholders.   The Haynes and Boone trial team began dismantling the opposition back in July 2012 when the Court dismissed nearly all of the tort claims in the case.  That victory was followed by another in 2013, when the team secured the denial of class certification.  
 
That led to Haynes and Boone’s successful defense of the League in the jury trial of the remaining seven Plaintiffs in the case. The Plaintiffs were seeking approximately $496,000 in actual and punitive damages. The Court granted a directed verdict in favor of the NFL on Plaintiffs’ punitive damages claims, and the jury ultimately awarded the Plaintiffs a total of only $75,850 – about $421,000 less than they were claiming. Of the victory, Thad Behrens said, “It has been a privilege and honor to represent the NFL in this case, and I couldn’t be more proud of the extraordinary team of Haynes and Boone lawyers and professionals who brought about this result for our client.”
 
The jury verdict in this case comes less than two months after Haynes and Boone obtained the dismissal of all claims brought against the NFL in connection with a class action brought in New Jersey arising from claims that the NFL’s distribution of tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII violated New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act.

Links to coverage - 

Texas Lawbook (subscription required)

NBC Sports

New York Times (subscription required)


Second Term Election

NYCLA

Director of the New York County Lawyers’ Association

Jonathan Pressment has been elected to serve a second term as a director on the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) Board of Directors, this time for a three-year period. Founded in 1908, NYCLA is one of the largest and most influential bar associations in the country with more than 9,000 active members. 

Client Win

Football

Haynes and Boone Wins Dismissal of Claims Against NFL

In a case that drew national attention when it was filed last year, a New Jersey federal judge has dismissed all claims brought against the National Football League in a class action brought over ticket pricing for Super Bowl XLVIII held last February at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

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