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Buckley Sandler Recognized by Chambers USA as an “Exceptional” Financial Services Regulation and White Collar Firm

Andrew L. Sandler, Jeremiah S. Buckley, Preston Burton, Valerie L. Hletko, Benjamin B. Klubes, Joseph M. Kolar, David S. Krakoff, John P. Kromer, Andrea K. Mitchell, Jeffrey P. Naimon, Benjamin K. Olson, Christopher F. Regan, Clinton R. Rockwell, Jonice Gray Tucker, Walter E. Zalenski

Buckley Sandler has continued to receive top recognition in the areas of financial services regulation and white collar crime/government investigations from Chambers USA, which ranks the country’s leading firms and lawyers in a range of practice areas based on in-depth client interviews and peer research. Fifteen of Buckley Sandler’s partners were individually recognized by Chambers USA, including 12 for Financial Services Regulation – more than any other firm in the country – and three for white collar litigation.

Interviewees described Buckley Sandler as an “exceptional firm when it comes to compliance and regulatory issues,” said the firm is “highly plugged-in, both in terms of their relationships with regulators but also within the industry,” and praised its “good business sense.”  

The firm achieved the following rankings in Chambers USA 2017:

  • Band 1 Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance & Litigation)
  • Band 2 Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations)
  • Band 3 in District of Columbia Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Noted Firm in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance)

The Buckley Sandler partners individually recognized are:

Andrew L. Sandler is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations) and as a Band 3 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance). He continues to be recognized as a Star Individual in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance & Litigation). Chambers acknowledged his broad coverage of the financial services space, handling a range of compliance and enforcement matters, in addition to excelling in consumer finance litigation, and clients described him as "top-notch," noting the “tremendous respect he garners throughout the banking sector.”

Jeremiah S. Buckley is ranked as a Senior Statesman in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance) and was cited by Chambers as a highly experienced consumer finance practitioner who advises financial services providers in connection with compliance, enforcement, risk and transactions.

Preston Burton is ranked as a Band 2 lawyer in District of Columbia Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations. Sources noted he is a “strong trial lawyer” who is a go-to person” for matters involving foreign jurisdictions, describing him as “very familiar with operating overseas as well as with the courts here.”   

Valerie L. Hletko was named a Recognized Practitioner in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Litigation).

Benjamin B. 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). Sources appreciate his “brilliant mind” and “wealth of expertise and insight into key industry issues.”

Joseph M. Kolar is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). Sources called Joseph Kolar “excellent” and Chambers recommended him for his handling of consumer finance regulatory compliance matters, most notably with respect to the mortgage lending space.

David S. Krakoff is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in District of Columbia Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations and as a Band 3 lawyer in Nationwide FCPA. Sources noted he is “one of the best lawyers in town,” and “really knows his way around a white-collar case and isn't afraid to go to trial if he has to.”   

John P. Kromer is ranked as a Band 3 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). Chambers noted his expertise in all aspects of consumer lending, and sources consider him "a fine lawyer.” 

Andrea K. Mitchell was named a Recognized Practitioner in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance).

Jeffrey P. Naimon is ranked Band 2 in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). Chambers said he continues to be seen as a leading figure in the consumer finance regulatory compliance space, and clients noted that “Jeff is one of the very best attorneys in this space.” 

Benjamin K. Olson is ranked as an Up and Coming lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). Clients consider him “smart, knowledgeable and measured" and noted, “he has been invaluable at helping us navigate the rules and he is incredibly responsive to our requests.”

Christopher F. Regan was named a Recognized Practitioner in District of Columbia Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.

Clinton R. Rockwell is ranked as a Band 2 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). Chambers referred to him as the firm's leading light on the West Coast, and clients describe him as “extremely smart, thorough and reliable.”

Jonice Gray Tucker is ranked as Band 3 in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations). Chambers cited her representation of banks in enforcement actions and investigations relating to consumer lending practices, and sources describe her as “very well connected in the regulatory world.” 

Walter E. Zalenski is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). Chambers said he is a significant source of advice on the full range of consumer finance regulations, and clients noted “he is quick to respond and provides comprehensive answers that meet our needs.”