Jackson Walker Wins Appeal in Second Circuit on Behalf of HilltopSecurities


Dallas partner Jonathan Neerman and associate Grant Johnson recently secured a victory for client HilltopSecurities, a Texas-based diversified financial services company, in an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York.

The case involved an IRA application which included an arbitration clause. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted HilltopSecurities’ motion to compel arbitration, and the opposing party appealed that decision to the Second Circuit.

The Second Circuit affirmed the District Court’s ruling, finding that the opposing party failed to challenge the validity of the arbitration clause in the lower court, and therefore forfeited the ability to challenge the clause on appeal.

Meet Jonathan

Jonathan Neerman is a highly skilled trial attorney with experience in all phases of litigation, not only at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts, but also in various alternative dispute resolution forums. His experience working with clients from the earliest stages of their disputes allows him to bring a uniquely broad-based perspective to the matters he handles. Jonathan’s practice includes all aspects of commercial litigation, arbitration, complex business litigation, real estate litigation, securities litigation, and regulatory enforcement, primarily involving financial institutions. He has represented clients in industries ranging from banking and financial services to real estate and media.

Meet Grant

Grant Johnson represents clients—including Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and individuals—in complex and general commercial litigation. Grant has experience in a wide range of litigation in both federal and state court, including litigation related to banking and financial services companies, disputes arising from energy partnerships and joint ventures, life insurance litigation, and general contract disputes.