Joseph L. Buckley

Joseph L. Buckley


Joseph L. Buckley is a member of the Firm's Management and Executive Committees and Chair of the Litigation Department. Mr. Buckley has over 30 years of first chair trial experience in a wide variety of complex cases in federal and state courts in New Jersey and New York. According to a Chambers USA Guide,  Mr. Buckley "is considered one of the leading business litigators in New Jersey" and "makes a very favorable impression on clients, who say ‘on experience and knowledge alone he is well worth recommending.'" Mr. Buckley is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. 

As leader of the Firm’s Banking Litigation Group, Mr. Buckley has handled many large litigations for nationally prominent banks, overseeing the process from inception to trial and appeal. Mr. Buckley has served as lead counsel to major national banks and their subsidiaries in the defense of putative class action lawsuits venued in state and federal courts in New Jersey and elsewhere, relating to subjects as diverse as equipment leasing, credit insurance, information security, credit cards, ATM fees and an alleged conspiracy to fix interest rates. In recent years, Mr. Buckley has successfully defended large national banks in lawsuits in which tens of millions of dollars in damages were at issue. Mr. Buckley has also assisted banks in the recovery of many millions of dollars from borrowers and others. 

In addition, for more than 20 years, Mr. Buckley has represented e-business integration and other computer technology companies in state and federal courts in litigations pertaining to technology services and equipment. 
Mr. Buckley also represents financial and other corporate clients in litigations pertaining to financial services, and has extensive experience in class action and derivative litigation in that field. Mr. Buckley also represents the subsidiaries of European automobile manufacturers.

After 25 days of trial in the Superior Court of Morris County, Mr. Buckley obtained a multi-million dollar verdict for lost profits on behalf of a client in a dispute between partners of an investment advisory firm. That verdict was affirmed on appeal in 2002. Since that trial, Mr. Buckley has assisted the same client in litigation in New Jersey, New York and Delaware in obtaining awards and recoveries exceeding $20 million.

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Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1978
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1979
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1989
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2011
U.S. Supreme Court, 1989

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Rankings & Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America®* 2003-2016, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Banking & Finance  
Benchmark Litigation: America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys®* 2008-2016
Chambers USA®* 2006, 2009, 2012-2016 New Jersey Litigation: General Commercial
New Jersey Super Lawyers®*  2006-2016, Business Litigation; Banking 
New York Metro Super Lawyers®* 2006-2007, 2014-2015, Business Litigation; Banking
Martindale-Hubbell®* AV rating

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Professional Affiliations

Member, Editorial Board (2010-present), New Jersey Law Journal 
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Member, Rutgers Business School Finance Advisory Board (2005-present)
Member, Certified Attorneys, Civil Trial and Banking Sections, New Jersey Bar Association
Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Member, Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
Member, Federal Bar Council
Member, New York State Bar Association
Member, Litigation Section, American Bar Association

Community Affiliations

Member (2004-2015) and Member, Finance Committee (2010-2015), Newark Museum Board of Trustees 
Member (2003-present), Vice Chair (2005-2006), Chair, Leaders and Legends Dinner Committee (2006-present), Member, Audit Committee (2013-2015), Newark YMCA Board of Trustees 
Head Coach (1994-2000), Traveling Basketball, Millburn Township Board of Recreation
Chain Manager (1995-1998) and Manager (1992-1997), Millburn Short Hills Little League
Coach (1995), Millburn Soccer Association