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 and Citigroup. 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 clients with lower fees, 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 three of the main urban hubs of the nation: New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

Top Tens Covered

Today, BuckleySandler works with clients in matters including regulatory and enforcement issues, 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
  • Total No. Attorneys 2013: 155

  • Employment Contact

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

  • Base Salary

    BASE SALARY (2013)
    1st year: $155,000

  • Summer Associate Offers

    0 out of 0 (2013)

  • 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

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