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.
Achievements & Accolades
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
arbitration, settlement negotiations and appellate law. He has
won numerous multi-million dollar verdicts for employees in
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.
Background & Experience
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
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.
Work Outside of the Legal Practice
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.