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ED BUCKLEY NAMED 2018 NELA-GA ADVOCACY AWARD RECIPIENT
Top Atlanta Employment Lawyer Honored for 35 Years of Dedication Protecting
ATLANTA (Oct. 4, 2018) – The Georgia affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA-GA) honored Ed Buckley of
Buckley Beal law firm as its 2018 Advocacy Award Winner. The association celebrated
the achievement at its annual award banquet dinner on Sept. 20, alongside
colleagues, family, peers and NELA-GA board members.
NELA-GA is an organization comprised of civil rights attorneys who promote
the workplace rights of individual employees. Every year, the prestigious
Advocacy Award is given to a dedicated employment rights attorney who
has worked to protect and advance the rights of employees in Georgia.
Buckley was honored as this year’s recipient due to his 35-year
long career protecting the rights of those in the workforce, his involvement
within the community and his leadership. He’s successfully tried
a variety of employment law cases, including race discrimination, sex
discrimination, sexual harassment and tort cases among others.
“I’m and honored to receive this year’s NELA-GA Advocacy
Award,” said Buckley. “More importantly, I’m grateful
to be among a community and team of dedicated professionals who are all
pushing to advance the rights of individuals who are far too often stripped
of a voice. We’re slowly, one trial at a time, fighting for equality
and to make a difference.”
Founded in 1985, NELA is the country’s largest organization of lawyers
who represent those who have been subject to employment discrimination,
workplace harassment and other employment-related matters. In addition
to representing individuals and classes of employees in litigation, NELA’s
attorneys are engaged in a wide range of other activities to promote employee
rights. Buckley has not only served as the organization’s past president,
but has also held leadership roles within other legal associations including
serving as the former chair of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Labor
and Employment Section.
In addition, Buckley served as lead counsel in numerous high profile race
discrimination cases that have either been tried to a successful verdict
or settled successfully. In 2009, he litigated and successfully settled
a case on behalf of an African American woman who was ejected from a public
bus during the early morning in sub-freezing weather.
In another, also settled in 2009, he successfully litigated a race discrimination
and harassment case on behalf of African American street and sanitation
workers against the city of Kennesaw, Ga. This resulted in the resignation
of one city commissioner, a reorganization of the city’s human resources
department, removal of the confederate battle flag from City Hall, diversity
training and financial compensation for the firm’s clients.
Presently, he is lead counsel for a Buford city para-professional who suffered
discrimination by the City of Buford School District. Since the suit was
filed, the superintendent has resigned his position.
Outside of the courtroom, Buckley continues to fight and protect human
rights. He is Founder and President of
Water Life Hope, a nonprofit charity which is dedicated to helping people gain access
to clean drinking water. Through fundraising and personal donations, Buckley
and the Water Life Hope board have helped build more than 300 projects
across Haiti, providing clean drinking water to more than half a million
people. Most recently, they rebuilt a school that was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.
“It has been an honor to spend the last four years of my legal career
under the leadership of Ed, who not only demonstrates extraordinary litigation
prowess, but also encourages his team to make it their practice as well,”
said Rachel Berlin, Partner at Buckley Beal. “I am proud to call
Ed a mentor and close friend.”
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About Buckley Beal
Buckley Beal is one of Atlanta’s leading employment and business
law litigation firms. With an outstanding reputation for trying and winning
cases, the firm specializes in handling workplace harassment, unpaid overtime,
civil rights cases, denial of medical leave, executive compensation, and
fraudulent business practices. The Buckley Beal team also handles a variety
of business disputes including partnership and shareholder disputes, tax
controversies and estate and professional negligence claims. For more
information about Buckley Beal, visit