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At a Glance


“The culture is incredibly supportive and friendly”

“High-quality work and lots of responsibility off the bat”


“Work can be cyclical and is not always equally distributed”

“Some lack of transparency about people's seniority/role at the firm”

About Buckley LLP

Started by former BigLaw partners jumping ship from their respective firms with clients in tow, Buckley has attracted the attention of the legal world for the speed of its numerical growth (and the growth of its book of business). Attorneys at Buckley 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 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 opened in March 2009 with about 40 lawyers and has grown to more than 140 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 resumé chase is over.”

With one of its principal areas of focus being financial services, Buckley has 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 it gobbled up office space in a down real estate market. By mid-2010, Buckley 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 now has offices in five of the main urban hubs of the nation: Chicago; Los Angeles; New York City; Washington, DC; and its 2018 addition, San Francisco. The firm also expanded its footprint beyond the borders of the United States by opening a London office in 2014.

Top Tens Covered

Today, Buckley 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, as well as top card issuers, mortgage and auto lenders, and loan servicers.

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.

Buckley LLP

2001 M Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 349-8000

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Benjamin B. Klubes
Chief Operating Partner: Christopher M. Witeck
Hiring Partners: John Kromer & Amanda Lawrence
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
100 - 150

Base Salary

1st year: $178,850 + estimated $11,172 401(k) profit sharing
2nd year: $188,250 + estimated $11,766 401(k) profit sharing
3rd year: $207,250 + estimated $12,953 401(k) profit sharing
4th year: $241,000 + estimated $14,000 401(k) profit sharing
5th year: $260,000 + estimated $14,000 401(k) profit sharing
6th year: $275,000 + estimated $14,000 401(k) profit sharing
7th year: $290,000 + estimated $14,000 401(k) profit sharing

Employment Contact

Laura Yerhot
Attorney Recruiting and Development Coordinator
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 349-8000

No. of U.S. Offices: 5

No. of International Offices: 1

Major Office Locations

Chicago, IL
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC (HQ)

Major Departments

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
Fair Lending
False Claims & FIRREA
Financial Institutions Regulation, Supervision & Technology
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
Government Enforcement Actions & Investigations
Licensing & Chartering
Pro Bono
Privacy, Cyber Risk & Data Security
State Attorneys General
Unfair, Deceptive, and Abusive Acts and Practices
White Collar