Accolades

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2014

BuckleySandler is ranked as a Band 1 firm in the Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance & Litigation) practice area, and as a Band 2 firm in the Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations) practice area. Chambers says the firm's attorneys are, "specialist and focused: they get us the right answer in a technical area, and they get us there faster."

  • Andrew Sandler is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance), as a Band 1 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations), and as Band 3 in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance). He has also been named a Star Individual in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Litigation). Chambers says he "is widely considered to be one of the leading stars of the financial services regulatory firmament, routinely providing regulatory advice pertaining to compliance and enforcement matters and displaying ongoing excellence in consumer finance litigation. Sources describe Sandler as 'preeminent' and 'an industry leader.'"
  • Jeremiah Buckley is ranked as a Senior Stateman in the Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance) practice area, described by Chambers as, "one of the most experienced and respected consumer finance attorneys in the USA. Commentators refer to Buckley as 'a terrific individual' who is 'one of the deans of the Bar.'"
  • Richard Gottlieb is ranked as a Band 2 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Litigation). He is "one of the leading financial services litigators in the United States" and "bolsters the team's strength in the consumer finance litigation sphere."
  • Benjamin Klubes is ranked as a Band 2 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Litigation) and a Band 3 lawyer in Financial Service Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations). Klubes is described as "'a truly outstanding lawyer with very good judgment.'"
  • Joseph Kolar is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). Chambers describes Kolar as "one of the nation's leading attorneys for the provision of consumer finance regulatory compliance advice."
  • David Krakoff is ranked as a Band 2 lawyer in District of Columbia Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, described as a "a seasoned practitioner with far-reaching experience" and commended for "his unwavering focus on the needs of his clients."
  • John Kromer is ranked as a Band 3 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance) and is lauded as a "'very balanced, strong lawyer'" and is "particularly respected for his advisory work relating to mortgage regulatory compliance."
  • Jeffrey Naimon is ranked as a Band 3 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). Chambers sources describe him as "very, very bright and thoughtful."
  • Clinton Rockwell is ranked as a Band 3 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance), and is recognized by Chambers as "[continuing] to impress in the consumer finance space."
  • Jonice Gray Tucker is ranked as an Up and Coming laywer in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations).  Chambers sources describe her as "very knowledgeable in the area" and "very defense-oriented in terms of thinking about the risks."
  • Walter Zalenski is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance), noted as "'an outstanding lawyer' in consumer finance regulatory matters."

The firm is also recognized as a noted firm in Banking & Finance - California; Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance) - Nationwide; and Litigation: White Collar & Government Investigations - Washington, DC. Christopher Regan is recognized as a noted practitioner in Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations - Washington, DC, and Samuel Buffone is recognized as a noted practitioner in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations) - Nationwide.

Shortlist for 2014 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Securities Regulation

BuckleySandler LLP, a leading financial services regulatory, criminal & civil enforcement defense law firm, is pleased to announce its inclusion on the shortlist for the 2014 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Securities Regulation, which includes Advisory & Enforcement and Financial Services Regulation. BuckleySandler is one of seven finalists selected for the securities and financial services regulation category.

Law360's Practice Groups of the Year - January 2014

BuckleySandler was named as a Consumer Protection Practice Group of the Year by Law360. A panel of Law360 editors reviewed roughly 675 submissions from 130 law firms. The editors ultimately chose 154 groups from 69 firms to honor in this year's awards. Winners were selected based on the significance of the litigation wins or deals worked on, the size and complexity of the litigation wins or deals worked on, and the number of significant, large or complex deals the group worked on or lawsuits the group won between Nov. 1, 2012, and Nov. 1, 2013. Click here to view the full list at Law360.com.

Super Lawyers 2014

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. In 2014, BuckleySandler is proud to announce that the firm more than tripled its presence on the Super Lawyers/Rising Stars list.

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013

BuckleySandler is ranked as a Band 1 firm in the Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance & Litigation) practice area, and as a Band 2 firm in the Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations) practice area. Chambers USA says BuckleySandler is “acclaimed as one of the most enterprising firms in the financial services sector."

Chambers USA on Commercial Awareness: “Any mortgage lender, servicer, or real estate specialty firm would be myopic to overlook BuckleySandler for legal representation and counsel."

  • Andrew L. Sandler is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance), as a Band 1 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations), and as Band 4 in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance). He has also been named a Star Individual in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Litigation). Chambers says that he "has a broad regulatory skill set and is particularly noted for his excellence in consumer enforcement and litigation matters, while he is often considered one of the nation's preeminent attorneys in the fair lending space.”
  • Jeremiah S. Buckley is ranked as Band S in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). Chambers says Mr. Buckley “is a highly respected consumer finance practitioner and has incredible depth of expertise in the mortgage sector.”
  • Richard E. Gottlieb is ranked as Band 2 in Financial Service Regulation: Consumer Finance (Litigation). He has a recognized expertise in consumer finance matters and is described as "incredibly client-focused.

    Joseph M. Kolar is ranked as Band 1 in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). He is "seen as a ‘talented lawyer’ and one of the country's leading experts in the mortgage arena.”

    Benjamin B. Klubes is ranked as Band 3 in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations) and in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Litigation). Chambers says that he is "highly rated by respondents as an ‘extremely able’ financial services regulation attorney.”

    David S. Krakoff is ranked as Band 2 in DC Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations. Chambers reports that he is "described as ‘an outstanding attorney’ and is respected for his criminal and civil litigation practice.”

    John P. Kromer is ranked as Band 3 in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). "Clients report that 'he is a joy to work with,' with one hailing him as 'a true expert in the industry.'"

    Jeffrey P. Naimon is ranked as Band 3 in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). One Chambers interviewee reports: “I have worked with him regarding regulatory questions on transactions and he is one of the smartest people I know.”

    Clinton R. Rockwell is ranked as Band 3 in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance. He is “unquestionably one of the most practical and user-friendly lawyers in the regulatory compliance and licensing space for consumer-facing financial institutions," according to one Chambers source.
  • Walter E. Zalenski is ranked as Band 1 in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). Respondents consider him to have "a fine reputation in the consumer finance regulatory space."

Washingtonian Magazine — November 2013

BuckleySandler LLP is honored to have five partners named in Washingtonian magazine’s 2013 “Best Lawyers” list. Andrew L. Sandler, Jeremiah S. Buckley, Benjamin B. Klubes and Joseph M. Kolar were recognized in the area of Financial Services and partner David S. Krakoff was recognized in the area of White Collar Defense.  

U.S. News - Best Law Firms 2014

BuckleySandler is pleased to announce that it has been ranked nationally and locally in U.S. News's Best Law Firms 2014.

The firm is ranked in the following 13 categories:

  • National Tier 1: Litigation - Banking & Finance
  • National Tier 2: Commercial Litigation, Financial Services Regulation Law
  • National Tier 3: Banking and Finance Law, Litigation - Securities
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Washington, DC): Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense - White Collar, Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Litigatoin - Securities
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 (Washington, DC): Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law

Super Lawyers 2013

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

BuckleySandler Named to BTI Brand Elite 2013

The BTI Brand Elite are law firms that clients rate as best in key factors such as innovation, premium value, and client recommendations.  The BTI Brand Elite list is based solely on unaided corporate counsel feedback gathered from more than 3,400 in-depth interviews. BTI has also placed BuckleySandler on its Premium Value Honor roll, delineating the firm as a market leader that counsel turn to with their “highest priority issues and most complex work.” Click here to learn more about the survey at BTI’s web site.

Andrew Sandler Named to BTI 2013 Client Service All-Stars List

The 2013 BTI Client Service All-Stars list recognizes those attorneys - identified solely through client feedback - who stand “out with corporate counsel as delivering the highest levels of client service.” The BTI Client Service All-Stars set the standard for client service excellence - standing above all others in the eyes of clients. Click here to access the full survey.

Washington, D.C. and Baltimore's Best Lawyers 2013 Edition

BuckleySandler LLP is pleased to announce that six of its partners have once again been recognized by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers® 2013. Partners Andrew L. Sandler, Benjamin B. Klubes, David S. Krakoff, Christopher F. Regan, Jeremiah S. Buckley, and Jeffrey P. Naimon were selected as Best Lawyers in the 2013 edition for D.C. and Baltimore in the following areas:

  • Banking and Finance Law: Jeremiah S. Buckley, David S. Krakoff, Jeffrey P. Naimon, Andrew L. Sandler
  • Commercial Litigation: David S. Krakoff
  • Corporate Governance and Compliance Law: Christopher F. Regan
  • Criminal Defense - White Collar: Benjamin B. Klubes, David S. Krakoff, Christopher F. Regan
  • Securities/Capital Markets Law: David S. Krakoff, Andrew L. Sandler

The Legal 500: White Collar Criminal Defense 2012

BuckleySandler has been ranked in the Legal 500 for White Collar Criminal Defense. Partners David Krakoff and Samuel Buffone are highlighted: "Since its establishment two and a half years ago, BuckleySandler LLP has rapidly established itself as a significant presence in the market for handling work on behalf of financial institutions and executives accused of a range of offences including bank fraud, FCPA abuses and securities fraud. Peopled by a number of ex-big firm attorneys, including ‘great attorney and great guy’ David Krakoff, following his recent arrival from Mayer Brown, the team is regularly involved in high-profile engagements out of its Washington DC, New York, and Los Angeles offices. A noted litigator, Krakoff recently successfully secured a mistrial on behalf of one of the defendants in the high-profile FCPA sting trial brought by the DOJ. Samuel Buffone is particularly noted as a criminal appellate lawyer and is currently involved in a landmark challenge to the freedom of the internet regarding the Italian data privacy indictment of Google officials."

The Legal 500: Data Protection and Privacy 2012

BuckleySandler has been ranked in the Legal 500 for Technology: Data Protection and Privacy. "At niche financial services firm BuckleySandler LLP, the practice, led by Margo Tank in Washington DC, provides ‘high-quality, prompt services’ which include counseling, risk mitigation, regulatory enforcement and litigation. Clients appreciate James Shreve’s ‘depth of knowledge of financial regulation, banking regulators and privacy law’. Wilson successfully defended New York & Company in a putative class action alleging violations of consumer privacy under state statutory and common law and Samuel Buffone is defending two Google executives in a data privacy case in Milan."

BuckleySandler Named to BTI Client Service A-Team December 2012

BuckleySandler is pleased to be included in the 2013 BTI Client Service A-Team. The BTI Client Service A-Team is “limited solely to law firms considered by clients to be the absolute best in driving client service excellence.” We’re especially proud of this designation because inclusion on BTI’s list comes from independent research where BuckleySandler clients have recognized us, unprompted and by name, as delivering excellent client service.

Best Lawyers in America — 2012 Edition

BuckleySandler LLP is pleased to announce that four of its partners have once again been recognized by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012. Partners Andrew L. Sandler, Benjamin B. Klubes, David S. Krakoff and Christopher F. Regan were selected as Best Lawyers in the 2012 edition in the following areas:

  • Commercial Litigation: David S. Krakoff
  • Corporate Compliance Law: Christopher F. Regan
  • Corporate Governance Law: Christopher F. Regan
  • Criminal Defense – White-Collar: Benjamin B. Klubes; David S. Krakoff; Christopher F. Regan
  • Financial Services Regulation Law: Andrew L. Sandler
  • Litigation – Banking & Finance: David S. Krakoff; Andrew L. Sandler
  • Litigation – Securities:  David S. Krakoff

Super Lawyers May 2012

Andrew Sandler, Benjamin Klubes, Samuel Buffone, and David Krakoff have been named to the Washington, DC, “Super Lawyers” list for 2012. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

  • Samuel Buffone: Criminal Defense (White Collar), Appellate, Business Litigation
  • Benjamin Klubes: Banking, Class Action/Mass Torts, Criminal Defense (White Collar)
  • David Krakoff: Criminal Defense (White Collar), Business Litigation
  • Andrew Sandler: Business Litigation, Banking, Class Action/Mass Torts

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2012

BuckleySandler is ranked as a Band 1 firm in the Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance) practice area, and as a Band 2 firm in the Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations) practice area. Chambers USA says BuckleySandler is “widely considered to be one of the preeminent legal brands in the consumer finance market” and is "noted for its impressive enforcement and litigation talent, and represents some of the world's most high-profile financial institutions in a host of enforcement actions."

Chambers USA on Client Service: "In terms of responsiveness I couldn't have asked for more, but beyond the responsiveness was the content and quality."

Chambers USA on Commercial Awareness: "They have been the preeminent law firm in providing education and information to the mortgage industry."

  • Andrew L. Sandler is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance), and as a Band 1 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations). He has also been named a Star Individual in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Litigation). Chambers says that he "has consolidated his position as one of the leading financial services attorneys in the USA. Sources consider him to be 'probably the best fair lending lawyer in the country.'"
  • Jeremiah S. Buckley is ranked as Band 1 in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). Chambers says Mr. Buckley “is another example of the firm's astonishing bench strength in the mortgage space. He is praised as 'a reliable, quality counsel who is straightforward, candid and energetic.'"
  • Joseph M. Kolar is ranked as Band 1 in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). He is "singled out as one of the leading mortgage banking lawyers in the country, and noted for his strategic advice and encyclopedic knowledge of federal regulations."
  • Benjamin B. Klubes is ranked as Band 3 in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations) and "is described by impressed commentators as 'one of the real leaders in this space.'
  • David S. Krakoff is ranked as Band 2 in DC Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations. Chambers reports that "describe him as 'a superb lawyer who is very dedicated.'”
  • Richard E. Gottlieb is ranked as Band 2 in Financial Service Regulation: Consumer Finance (Litigation).
  • Jeffrey P. Naimon is ranked as Band 3 in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). Chambers describes him as "'certainly a thought leader' in the mortgage servicing space, with 'his finger on the pulse of what is going on in the mortgage industry.'"
  • John P. Kromer is ranked as Band 3 in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). "Clients report that 'he is a joy to work with,' with one hailing him as 'a true expert in the industry.'"
  • Clinton R. Rockwell is ranked as “Up and Coming” in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). "According to sources, 'it is one thing to provide strict legal advice but it is another to provide practical solutions, and Clinton does a great job of that.'"
  • Walter E. Zalenski is ranked as Band 1 in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). According to one source, "he has great knowledge of substantive consumer finance law and has been around to see it evolve."

Smart CEO  December 2011

BuckleySandler partner, David Baris was recognized in the December edition of SmartCEO as a “Go-To Attorney” in the area of Securities, Corporate, Transactional and Regulatory matters. In the issue, David W. Pijor, Chairman and CEO of First Virginia Community Bank was quoted as saying “Mr. Baris is one of the best banking law attorneys in the country and understands the inner workings of the banking regulatory agencies, which allows him to provide top-notch advice and counsel." Click here to access the publication.

Washingtonian November 2011

BuckleySandler LLP is honored to have five partners named in Washingtonian magazine’s 2011 “Best Lawyers” list. Andrew L. Sandler, Jeremiah S. Buckley, Benjamin B. Klubes and Joseph M. Kolar were named as “Stars of the Bar” in the area of Banking and Financial Services and partner David S. Krakoff was named as a “Star of the Bar” in the area of White Collar Defense.  Sandler, the firm's Chairman and Executive Partner, was also recognized as one of DC’s 30 “Superstar” lawyers. The Washingtonian’s “Best Lawyers,” which is available in the December 2011 issue, highlights “the very best in legal talent” within the Washington, DC area.

US News and World Reports "Best Law Firms Rankings" 2011

National

Tier 2: Financial Services Regulation Law

Washington DC Tier 2:

Criminal Defense: White-Collar - Governmental Investigations
Criminal Defense: White-Collar - Litigation
Financial Services Regulation Law
Litigation - Banking & Finance

National Law Journal, "Midsize Hot List" — July 2011

The National Law Journal’s 2011 Midsize Hot List includes “20 law firms that demonstrated excellence in the courtroom or boardroom; that spotted a niche that eluded their competitors or that excelled on many fronts; that developed innovative management, billing or training structures; that changed the face of the country’s cities; that set the standard for midsize practice — firms that clearly stand apart from your everyday law firm.

To read the full article, please visit: http://bit.ly/qKb85j 

To view the accompanying video of BuckleySandler Chairman, Andrew L. Sandler being interviewed by the National Law Journal’s Karen Sloan, please visit: http://bit.ly/regoAN

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2011

BuckleySandler is ranked as a Band 1 firm in the Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance) practice area, and as a Band 2 firm in the Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations) practice area. Chambers USA says BuckleySandler’s “client list reads like a who’s who of global financial institutions…whom the firm defends in high stakes government investigations and major bet the company lawsuits.”

Chambers USA on Client Service: "...extremely responsive and accessible."

Chambers USA on Commercial Awareness: "...specialists in consumer finance...providing significant leadership to the industry and their clients."

  • Andrew L. Sandler is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance), and as a Band 1 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations). Chambers says that he “is one of the most highly regarded litigators in the consumer finance space. Clients and peers regularly praise his creativity, with one client commenting: ‘He’s really authoritative and a forceful advocate on your side.’"
  • Jeremiah S. Buckley is ranked as Band 2 in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). Chambers says Mr. Buckley “is seen as an outstanding consumer finance compliance expert. He is widely considered an expert on e-delivery of documents, RESPA, and assists clients in defending investigations at state and federal level.”
  • Joseph M. Kolar is ranked as Band 1 in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). Clients say that he is “one of America’s top mortgage lending lawyers.”
  • Benjamin B. Klubes is ranked as Band 3 in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations). A client is quoted as saying he is “trusted, capable and an excellent lawyer.”
  • David S. Krakoff is ranked as Band 2 in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations. Chambers reported that “his practice crosses all aspects of criminal and related civil and administrative matters. Clients laud him as ‘a terrific lawyer and a very good strategic thinker.’”
  • Clinton R. Rockwell is ranked as “Up and Coming” in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). Chambers says he “is regarded as one of the next generation of strong consumer finance lawyers. He is an expert in state pre-emption law and regulations pertaining to mortgage lending.”
  • Walter E. Zalenski is ranked as Band 1 in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance)

Super Lawyers: 2011

Andrew Sandler, Benjamin Klubes, Sam Buffone and David Krakoff have been named to the Washington, DC, “Super Lawyers” list for 2011. Only five percent of the lawyers in each state/jurisdiction are selected by Super Lawyers, and the recognition reflects not only their strong business litigation and financial services knowledge, but also their dedication to clients. Additionally, Andy Sandler was name a Washington DC Top 100 lawyer, a distinction given to the 100 lawyers who receive the highest point totals among nominees.

Specifically, their DC “Super Lawyers” designations were as follows:

 

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