EDWARD D. BUCKLEY
Edward D. Buckley is one of the founding partners of Buckley Beal LLP.
Ed was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, is a graduate of the College
of Charleston and Emory University School of Law, where he also served
as a legal writing instructor.
Ed understands the hardships that working people face and has built his
law practice championing their cause, focusing his practice on civil rights
and employment discrimination cases. He has represented people from virtually
every walk of life, including hotel laundry workers, truckers, secretaries,
food industry workers, technicians, salespeople, teachers, professors,
stockbrokers, CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, longshoremen, doctors and lawyers. He
has represented numerous executives in everything from contract negotiations
to contract disputes. Indeed, Ed has a unique perspective on the plight
of the working man and woman, as he worked his way through college and
law school as a carpenter, building houses, hospitals and even performing
renovation work on a law firm.
Ed has received recognition from numerous organizations for his legal excellence.
He has been ranked as one of “America’s leading business lawyers”
by Chambers and Partners, as a “SuperLawyer” by Atlanta Magazine
and as a member of Georgia’s “Legal Elite” by Georgia
Trend Magazine. Ed is listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register
of Preeminent Lawyers with an “AV” rating—its highest rating.
Ed has broad employment law experience in every area of the law. Although
he is an outstanding trial lawyer, he also has extensive experience in
mediation, arbitration, settlement negotiations and appellate law. He
has won numerous multi-million dollar verdicts for employees in race discrimination,
sex discrimination, sexual harassment and tort cases. He has also settled
numerous cases on behalf of employees in age, race, sex, age, national
origin discrimination claims for six, seven and eight-figure sums and
has obtained favorable court orders for employees who have been treated
unfairly in the workplace. He has successfully served as an advocate for
employees in mediations and arbitrations. He has handled numerous appeals
in the Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court and the 11th Circuit
Court of Appeals.
Ed is past president of the Georgia affiliate of the National Employment
Lawyers Association and is a former chair of the Atlanta Bar Association
Labor and Employment Section. A popular speaker, Ed has chaired seminars
on “The Trial of a Race Discrimination Case” and “The
Trial of a Sexual Harassment Case.” He has been selected to participate
in mock trials for the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section
and to chair and present a high-tech mock trial for the Atlanta Bar Labor
and Employment Section. He has spoken at national seminars for consumer
groups and employee rights groups. More recently, he was one of the three
featured speakers at the United States District Court for the Northern
District of Georgia and Atlanta Chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s
seminar on “Technology in the Northern District Courtroom.”
Ed writes frequently and has authored numerous articles, papers and a book
chapter on employment law, civil rights law and executive contracts. He
is admitted to practice in all state courts, appellate courts, federal
district courts in the State of Georgia and the 11th Circuit Court of
Appeals as well as the United States Supreme Court.
Outside the courtroom, Ed continues to fight and protect people’s
human rights. He is the founder of nonprofit water charity,
Water Life Hope which helps people gain access to clean drinking water. Through fundraising
and his own money, Ed and the Water Life Hope team have helped build more
than 300 projects across Haiti, providing clean drinking water to more
than half a million people.
Ed lives in Decatur, Georgia with his wife, Patty and continues to enjoy
the company of his three grown children and grandchildren, all of whom
live in the area. Ed enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing and canoeing.