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Brent M. Buckley

 
buckley@buckleyking.com

Cleveland: 216.685.4801

 

“Any attorney can tell you what the law is. The good ones tell you what it means for your business.”

Legal Who's Who

Nation's Top Lawyers for High-Impact Litigation

-Corporate Responsibility Magazine

The Best Lawyers in America

-Woodward/White, Inc.

The Top 50 Lawyers

In Cleveland

-Thomson Reuters

Leading Lawyers

-Inside Business

Ohio Super Lawyers

-Thomson Reuters

The Top 100 Lawyers

In Ohio

-Thomson Reuters

Legal Leaders

Top Rated Lawyers

-ALM

People of Vision Award

Visionary leadership and outstanding philanthropy

-Prevent Blindness Ohio

Being practical and a realist, a visionary and idealist, Brent's thought-leadership offers a competitive edge.

While fully engaged as Managing Partner, Brent maintains an active practice counseling and representing financial services institutions, businesses, political office-holders and executive management. He is nationally recognized for excellence in corporate law, banking and finance, and commercial litigation, and has been named to the prestigious "Legal Who's Who" as one of the nation's top attorneys for high-stakes litigation, as well as the Best Lawyers in America, Top 50 Lawyers in Ohio, and Top 100 Lawyers in Ohio.

Brent combines business sense and trial experience to make a distinctive impact whether at the closing table or in the courtroom. He is renowned for giving practical advice and developing creative solutions involving:

  • Commercial and Complex Litigation
  • Corporate and Transactions
  • Finance (Debt and Equity)
  • Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals
  • Board and Leadership Investigations
    • Federal and State Investigations/White-Collar Criminal Matters
  • Corporate Governance
  • Banking and Finance Litigation
  • Professional Liability, D&O/E&O

Brent is retained for "bet the company" litigation, multi-district litigation (MDL), class actions, and business disputes. He has successfully defended companies, directors, and officers in matters ranging from corporate and governance to securitizations and financial services to medical products and pharmaceuticals. 

when skill matters

  • Represents/defends directors and officers of closely-held and publicly-traded companies, attorneys, law firms, and accounting firms in matters involving corporate conduct, white-collar allegations, competition, business judgment, derivative actions, shareholder disputes, and tort claims.
  • Prosecute/defend class actions and MDL on behalf of a multi-national bank victimized in alleged Ponzi-scheme involving financing of securitized transactions with actual losses nearing $500 million and impacting banks across the country.
  • Represented and defended pharmaceutical manufacturers in various matters, including the first cases involving phenylpropanolamine.
  • Represents candidates and political office-holders in FEC and OEC matters, including compliance, inquiries, enforcement, and proceedings.
  • Defended pharmaceutical manufacturer of an over-the-counter drug in MDL involving issues of product composition.
  • Defended mass tort involving thousands of plaintiffs, physicians practices, endoscopy products, and allegations of Hepatitis C.
  • Represented a medical implant device manufacturer relating to FDA matters and related insurance coverage dispute, as well as in related MDL resulting in a significant eight-digit settlement with the insurance company and the eventual resolution of the MDL.
  • Represented national banks in investigations and litigation involving white-collar, international scam operations by crime syndicates reaching across the U.S. and other countries, including terrorist funding with wrongdoers being extradited to the U.S.
  • Successfully defended, through appeal, a bank and mezzanine lender against allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, civil conspiracy, and fraudulent transfer.
  • Defense verdict for one of the world's largest insurance companies in an action against insurance companies, a closely-held corporation, and shareholder/family members for millions of dollars involving split-dollar agreements.
  • Represents large and regional banks in corporate investigations and matters of first impression involving banking crimes, lender liability, lender misconduct, business torts, claims of wrongdoing involving directors, officers and employees, and in UCC matters.
  • Represents banks and businesses in coordination with federal law enforcement and secret federal grand juries involving money-laundering, white-collar crimes, embezzlement, fraud, SARs, Patriot Act, RICO, wire fraud, Financial Anti-Terrorist Act, FinCEN, and BSA matters.
  • Defense of one of the country's top universities in state and federal courts in high-risk litigation involving wrongful deaths, confidential circumstances, hazing incidents, tenure, demotion, and discrimination.
  • Counsel in management-led buyouts of subsidiary and international companies in acquisition and complex financing.
  • Represented national bank in series of loan portfolio sales aggregating hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Represented lenders in negotiation and structuring of mutli-million dollar credit facilities to corporate and subsidiaries/affiliates, including B2B company and Asian subsidiary engaged in the design, custom manufacturing, and worldwide distribution of products used in footwear, military equipment, medical applications, and sporting goods, secured by assets including aircraft, real estate, and intellectual property.
  • Represented lender in restructuring syndicated credit facility, including municipal bonds and letters of credit to non-profit organization providing senior living facilities.

distinctions + awards

  • Legal Who's Who - Prestigious Recognition as "One of the Nation's Top Lawyers for Major/High-Impact Litigation" (Corporate Responsibility Magazine)
  • Top 50 Lawyers in Cleveland - Super Lawyers
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Ohio - Super Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Corporate Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Banking & Finance Litigation
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • Top Rated Lawyers - Commercial Litigation
  • Cleveland's Top Rated Lawyers
  • The Top Legal Minds in Northeast Ohio
  • Leading Lawyers - Corporate Law
  • People of Vision Award - 2012 Honoree (Prevent Blindness Ohio)
  • Leadership Cleveland - Class of 2000
  • AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rated (Martindale-Hubbell)

publications + presentations

  • Judicial and Prosecutorial Efficiency in the U.S. (Panelist, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, March 2018)
  • Ohio Insurance Litigation (Contributing Author, LexisNexis Practice Guide, December 2017)
  • Coalition Building for NGOs (Panelist, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, December 2017)
  • Managing Risk: Tools for Building an Effective Risk & Crisis Management Program (Presenter, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, June 2017)
  • Commercial Transactions Contract Clauses: Equitable Remedies in Ohio (Contributing Author, Practical Law, October 2016)
  • Corporate Political Activity: Are You and Your Company - Or Your Clients - RNC Ready? Parts I and II (Program Chair/Moderator, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, June 2016)
  • True Reagan: What Made Him Great and Why It Matters, A presentation by James Rosebush (Program Chair, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, June 2016)
  • Cybersecurity: Breach Response (Presenter, Lake County Bar Association, July 2015)
  • Financing Options: Well, You Do Have Alternatives! (Co-Author, Properties Magazine, March 2015)
  • Cybersecurity: Investigation-Prosecution-Prevention (Presenter, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, December 2014)
  • Information Governance: What Every D&O Needs to Know (Author, Crain's Cleveland Business, November 2014)
  • Corporate Responsibility: Data Privacy and Protection (Author, Properties Magazine, November 2014)
  • Cybersecurity Strategies That Every Business, Director, and Officer Needs to Know (Presenter, Mid-Market Business and Technology Conference, July 2014)
  • M&A Strategies: 10 Ways to Enhance Value for the Day you Sell (Presenter, "Profitable Growth...Doing it Better," The Presidents' Forum of Cleveland, June 2013)
  • Navigating the D&O Coverage Maze in an Era of Increased Scrutiny (Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Ohio Chapter, March 2013)
  • Independent Advice is Critical Anytime Internal Roles are Unclear (Author, Counsel to Counsel, 2012)

civic involvement

  • Cleveland Institute of Music
    • Vice Chair, Board of Trustees; Chair, Governance Committee; Audit Committee
  • Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
    • Chair, Board of Visitors
  • College Now Greater Cleveland
    • Secretary, Board of Directors
  • Greater Cleveland Film Commission
    • Vice Chair, Board of Directors; Chair, Governance Committee; Executive Committee
  • St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
    • Secretary, Board of Directors; Chair, Governance Committee
  • First Tee . Cleveland
    • Board of Directors
  • Lakeland Foundation
    • Board of Directors
  • American Heart Association
    • Chair, Attorneys with Heart Campaign
  • Prevent Blindness Northeast Ohio
    • Executive Council

professional associations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Board of Trustees; Executive Committee; Chair, Business Banking & Corporate Counsel Section
  • Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District - Life Member
  • Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

education

Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, JD

Case Western Reserve University, BA/BA

admissions

Ohio

Georgia

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court - Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court - Middle District of Georgia