Buckley focuses on financial services, government enforcement, and litigation. The firm’s client roster includes 26 of the largest consumer banks in the U.S., yet associates enjoy work-life balance with a relatively low billable-hour requirement.
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For candidates considering Buckley, experience or interest in the financial services industry will go a long way, as well as a genuine interest in working for the firm. But there is no one factor that will put you ahead of others—the firm considers each candidate as a whole and is interested in finding those who will fit with the firm’s culture. Boasting a manageable 1800-billable-hours requirement, the firm supports flexible working. While compensation is below market, associates are generally pleased with their bonuses—which are sometimes awarded more than once in a year—and the 401(k) contributions. Some note that the bonus requirements are unclear, however. Most partners are respectful and available for mentoring, although some are more difficult than others. Partnership...
Buckley is known for its prowess in the financial services sector and has also gained prominence for its litigation and enforcement practices. The firm represents an impressive roster of “front page companies”— the likes of Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase, to name a few.
Chasing the Dream
Buckley was founded in early 2009 when Skadden partners Andy Sandler and Ben Klubes, along with a group of other financial services litigation and enforcement attorneys, decided to leave the world of BigLaw to join forces with the highly regarded financial services regulatory firm Buckley Kolar, which of 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 125 lawyers today...