Brent M. Buckley

Brent M. Buckley: Attorney with Buckley King A Legal Professional Association
  • Managing Partner at Buckley King A Legal Professional Association
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  • Brent M. Buckley, Managing Partner at the law firm of Buckley King. Being practical and a realist, a visionary and idealist, Brent's thought-leadership offers clients a competitive edge. While fully engaged in his leadership position as Managing Partner of the firm, Brent actively counsels financial institutions, private equity, lenders, businesses, and executive management on complex and structured finance, workouts, asset-based lending and commercial litigation matters. Whether at the closing table or in the courtroom, Brent's business judgment and experience makes a distinctive impact in matters involving: commercial and banking litigation; corporate and commercial issues; corporate investigations; directors and officers/professional liability; finance (both debt and equity); and governance.

    Brent is regularly retained in matters often involving "bet the company" litigation, multidistrict litigation (MDL), class actions, and business disputes primarily on behalf of corporations, financial institutions, and educational entities. In such engagements, Brent’s business and court experience has often proven to be an invaluable difference. He also has successfully defended directors and officers as well as professional liability matters.

    Actively involved in the community, Brent dedicates time and resources to many non-profit organizations, and is often sought to speak to the legal community and business organizations on commercial litigation issues, business, and governance matters.
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Biography

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

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 Cleveland, 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.
•Represents major retail pharmacy chain in MDL involving opioids.
•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)
•Best Lawyers in America - Corporate Law
•Best Lawyers in America - Corporate Governance Law
•Best Lawyers in America - Banking & Finance Law
•Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation
•Best Lawyers in America - Banking & Finance Litigation
•Top 50 Lawyers in Cleveland - Super Lawyers
•Top 100 Lawyers in Ohio - Super Lawyers
•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
•Cleveland Ballet
•Board of Directors
•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

Related News

• August 15, 2018

Buckley King Attorneys Recognized as The Best Lawyers in America

• January 30, 2018

Buckley King Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Corporate + Transactions
  • Mergers + Acquisitions
  • Commercial Finance, Banking + Lending
  • Commercial + Business Litigation
  • Professional Liability, E+O, D+O
  • Class Action + MDL + Mass Tort
  • Corporate Investigations + White Collar Crime
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Sports, Entertainment + Media

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
216.685.4801  Phone
216.579.1020  Fax
www.buckleyking.com
University Attended:
Case Western Reserve University, B.A.
Law School Attended:
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
1982
Admission:
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Georgia; Ohio; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
Memberships:

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

ISLN:
908699931
Transactions:
Represents large and regional banks in corporate investigations and matters of first impression including banking crimes, lender liability, lender misconduct, business torts, claims of wrongdoing involving directors, officers and employees, and 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; Defend class action and MDL, most recently on behalf of a multinational bank victimized in alleged Ponzi scheme involving twenty banks across the country and financing securitized transactions, with actual losses nearing $500 million; Defense verdict for one of the world's largest insurance companies in action against insurance company, closely-held corporation and shareholder/family members for millions of dollars involving split-dollar agreements; Represents/defends directors and officers, attorneys, law firms and accounting firms in matters involving corporate conduct, professional liability, competition, business judgment, tort claims and white collar crimes; Defense of one of the country's top universities in state and federal courts in high-risk litigation proceedings, involving wrongful deaths, confidential circumstances, hazing incidents, tenure, demotion and discrimination; Successfully defended, in trial and appellate courts, bank and mezzanine lender against allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, civil conspiracy and fraudulent transfer; 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 United States; Defended one of the world's largest insurance companies in corporate and criminal investigations, successfully resolving 60 lawsuits involving the largest embezzlement/defalcation in company history (at that time); Defended mass tort involving thousands of plaintiffs, physicians practices, endoscopy products and allegations of Hepatitis C; Represented and defended pharmaceutical manufacturers in first cases involving phenylpropanolamine; Counsel in management-led buyout of subsidiary of an international company 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 multimillion dollar credit facilities to corporations, subsidiaries or 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.
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