Senior Counsel since 2018, John Buckley was a partner of the firm for more than three decades. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and international and domestic arbitration. Elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, John has over four decades of experience as lead counsel in litigation and arbitral proceedings. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he serves as chair and co-arbitrator in arbitrations. He is the founder and former head of the firm’s international arbitration practice group.
John’s experience in arbitration and litigation spans a wide range of industries and issues, including
- energy, oil & gas (refining, gas price review/adjustment, gas gathering, hedging, oil contracts, electric generation),
- patents (standard-essential patents, FRAND royalty rates, IP licensing),
- technology (telecommunications, medical devices),
- foreign Investment,
- civil engineering and construction,
- financial transactions, and
- professional liability.
Broadly experienced in both international and domestic arbitration, John has been counsel in cases administered under the AAA/ICDR, ICC and HKIAC rules and in ad hoc arbitrations and has been an invited speaker at arbitration conferences. His cases have involved arbitral proceedings in the United States and across the globe. John has also represented clients in confirmation and set-aside proceedings.
John is Visiting Clinical Lecturer at Yale Law School, where he teaches Advocacy in International Arbitration. He has consistently been listed as among the top U.S. commercial arbitration practitioners in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration.
John is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). He is also a member of the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), its General Commercial Panel of arbitrators for Washington, D.C., its International/Cross Border Panel of arbitrators, and its Energy, Oil and Gas Panel of arbitrators. He is listed on the arbitrator rosters of the International Arbitration Institute (Paris), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and The Roster of International Arbitrators, Juris, Second Edition. He is a member of the CPR Council, CPR’s Arbitration Committee and is co-chair of CPR’s Administered Rules Revision Committee. His other memberships include the International Arbitration Institute, the International Bar Association’s Arbitration Committee, the London Court of International Arbitration’s North American Users’ Council, and the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA).
John earned his A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Georgetown University and his J.D., with honors, from The University of Chicago, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The University of Chicago Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. After law school, he clerked first for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and then for Associate Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. John next joined the Justice Department and served for two years as special assistant to U.S. Attorney General Edward Levi.
John has served on The University of Chicago Law School’s Visiting Committee, and as a trustee of the Board of Governors of Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School. For over two decades he has served as counsel to the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, which presented him with the Officers’ Award, its highest award for service to the Council.
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
"AV-Rated" by Martindale-Hubbell®
“Top U.S. Commercial Arbitration Practitioners,” Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration
Special Assistant to Hon. Edward H. Levi, United States Attorney General, Department of Justice, 1975-1977
Law Clerk, Associate Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., United States Supreme Court, 1973-1974
Law Clerk, Judge John Minor Wisdom, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1972-1973