Buckley Sandler LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Great office culture”
  • “Flexible work arrangements”
  • “Substantive responsibility as a junior and mid-level”

Downers

  • “Work distribution”
  • “Work can be cyclical”
  • “Document management system”

About Buckley Sandler LLP

Started by former BigLaw partners jumping ship from their respective firms with clients in tow, Buckley Sandler has attracted the attention of the legal world for the speed of its numerical growth (and the growth of its book of business). Today, approximately 160 attorneys at Buckley Sandler make up one of the strongest financial services law teams in the legal world. In addition, the firm has rapidly gained prominence for its litigation and enforcement practice.

Chasing the Dream

Buckley Sandler 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). Buckley Sandler opened in March 2009 with about 40 lawyers and has grown to more than 160 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."

With one of its principal areas of focus being financial services, Buckley Sandler attracted (and continues to retain) clients by boasting deep industry insight, a strong value proposition, and a focus on client service, and the firm hired as other firms implemented layoffs and gobbled up office space in a down real estate market. By mid-2010, Buckley Sandler 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. In addition to its financial services practice, the firm has built a white collar/financial crimes practice that attracts a wide range of corporate and individual clients. Although the firm has grown through hiring lateral partners, it has also promoted from within, with 15 attorneys being promoted to partner in the last five years. Buckley Sandler now has offices in four of the main urban hubs of the nation: Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. The firm expanded its footprint beyond the borders of the United States by opening a London office in 2014.

Top Tens Covered

Today, Buckley Sandler works with financial services 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 21 of the 25 largest banks in the United States, the top ten mortgage originators and servicers the top ten largest credit card issuers, and seven of the top ten auto finance originators.

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, the False Claims Act, unfair and deceptive practices, fair lending, and other banking, securities, and consumer lending laws. In addition, the firm's active and growing litigation and enforcement team gives it one of the largest trial-oriented white collar practices in Washington, DC that has handled major civil litigation and white collar enforcement matters for a broad range of domestic and international corporations and individuals outside of the financial services industry.

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Buckley Sandler LLP

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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Co-Managing Partners: Benjamin B. Klubes & John P. Kromer
  • Hiring Partners: Benjamin Olson & Robyn Quattrone
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 159

  • Base Salary

    1st year: $167,500 + minimum of $8,375 401(k) profit sharing
    2nd year: $180,000 + minimum of $9,000 401(k) profit sharing
    3rd year: $200,000 + minimum of $10,000 401(k) profit sharing
    4th year: $223,500 + minimum of $11,175 401(k) profit sharing
    5th year: $235,000 + minimum of $11,750 401(k) profit sharing
    6th year: $250,000 + minimum of $12,500 401(k) profit sharing


  • Summer Associate Offers
    The firm restarted its summer associate program in summer 2016 and, as of publication, has not made offer decisions.

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Auto Finance • Bank Secrecy Act, Anti-Money Laundering & Sanctions • Bank Counseling and Compliance • Class Actions • Complex Civil Litigation •  Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) • Consumer Finance  • Credit, Debit & Prepaid Cards • E-Commerce • Examinations • Fair Lending • False Claims & FIRREA • Financial Institutions Regulation, Supervision & Technology • FinTech • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) • Government Enforcement Actions & Investigations • Licensing & Chartering  • Mortgages • Pro Bono •  Privacy, Cyber Risk & Data Security • State Attorneys General • Transactions • Unfair, Deceptive, and Abusive Acts and Practices • White Collar

Major Office Locations

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