BuckleySandler LLP at a Glance


  • “Positive environment”
  • “People are very respectful of your time”
  • “Sophisticated work”


  • “Distribution of workload”
  • “I feel kind of stuck right now beneath a big group of mid-level associates”
  • “There can be long hours”

About BuckleySandler LLP

Started by former BigLaw partners jumping ship from their respective firms with clients in tow, BuckleySandler has attracted the attention of the legal world for the speed of its numerical growth (and the growth of its book of business). Today, the more than 150 attorneys at BuckleySandler make up one of the strongest financial services law teams in the legal world. 

Chasing the Dream

BuckleySandler was founded in early 2009 when Skadden Arps partners Andy Sandler and Ben Klubes, along with a group of other financial services litigation and enforcement attorneys from Skadden, decided to leave the world of BigLaw to join forces with the highly regarded financial services regulatory firm Buckley Kolar (which itself was formed by former Goodwin Procter lawyers five years earlier). BuckleySandler opened in March 2009 with about 40 lawyers and has grown to more than 150 lawyers today. Sandler took with him blue chip clients including Wells Fargo Co., Bank of America, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase. Sandler later told The American Lawyer of his reasons for leaving Skadden, "There comes a point in life when the résumé chase is over."

As a financial services boutique, BuckleySandler attracted (and continues to retain) clients by boasting deep industry insight, a strong value proposition and a focus on client service and hired as other firms implemented layoffs and gobbled up office space in a down real estate market. By mid-2010, BuckleySandler had 60 more attorneys as well as some big name clients, including Google executives, the Navajo Nation and the lion's share of the world's 20 biggest banks, all the while tempting high-profile partners at top firms to join their crew. The firm now has offices in four of the main urban hubs of the nation: Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. The firm recently expanded its footprint beyond the borders of the United States by opening a London office.  

Top Tens Covered

Today, BuckleySandler works with clients in matters including regulatory, compliance and enforcement, litigation, public policy and transactional matters. In addition to many community banks and non-bank financial services companies, the firm's clients include the top ten largest banks in the United States, nine of the top ten mortgage lending companies, the top ten servicing companies and the top ten credit card issuers.

The firm's litigation department defends those weighty clients from allegations ranging from predatory lending and fraud to violations of the growing financial regulatory body of laws including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, unfair and deceptive practices, fair lending and other banking, securities and consumer lending laws.

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BuckleySandler LLP

1250 24th Street NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-349-8000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Co-Managing Partners: Benjamin B. Klubes and John P. Kromer
  • Hiring Partners: Kirk Jensen and Robyn Quattrone
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 160

  • Employment Contact
    Laura Yerhot
    Attorney Recruiting and Development Coordinator
    Washington, DC 20037
    Phone: (202) 349-8000
    E-mail: attorney.jobs@buckleysandler.com

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $155,000
    2nd year: $165,000
    3rd year: $180,000
    4th year: $200,000
    5th year: $220,000
    6th year: $235,000

  • Summer Associate Offers
    Firm does not offer a summer program

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Anti-Money Laundering & Anti-Corruption
    Consumer Finance
    Corporate & Transactional
    Counseling & Compliance
    Fair & Responsible Banking
    Government Enforcement
    Investment Advisers/Broker-Dealers
    Licensing & Chartering
    Unfair, Deceptive & Abusive Acts and Practices
    White Collar

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC (HQ)
  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • London

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