John Buckley serves as Co-Chair of Williams & Connolly LLP's International Arbitration practice group. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and international and domestic arbitration. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Mr. Buckley has extensive experience as lead trial counsel and has tried dozens of jury and non-jury cases to verdict and arbitral proceedings to final award over the last four decades.
Mr. Buckley’s complex civil litigation and arbitration practice together includes representing clients in disputes involving securities laws, ERISA, RICO, ISDA, fiduciary duty, patents (including standard-essential patents, SEPs, and royalty rates under FRAND), patent licensing, antitrust, employment, torts, breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation, commercial law, election law, legal malpractice, professional liability, medical malpractice, product liability and class actions. He has experience in a broad range of industries and issues, including energy, oil & gas, LNG, refining, electric generation, civil engineering, construction, commodities trading, mortgage-backed securities, stock options and buy backs, collateralized debt obligations, secured transactions, SWAPS and derivatives, share purchase agreements, hedge funds, telecommunications, smart phone technology, foreign investment, and insurance.
Mr. Buckley’s professional liability practice includes the defense of law firms accused of malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, ethical violations, fraud, conspiracy, and federal securities laws violations.
Mr. Buckley’s government investigation practice includes the representation of corporate officers and directors in internal investigations, grand jury probes, and regulatory inquiries.
With broad experience in international and domestic arbitration, Mr. Buckley has been counsel in cases administered under the AAA/ICDR, ICC and HKIAC rules and in ad hoc arbitrations, has served as arbitrator, and has been an invited speaker at international arbitration conferences. His cases have involved arbitral proceedings in the United States and across the globe. Mr. Buckley has also handled confirmation and set-aside proceedings.
Mr. Buckley is Clinical Visiting 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.
Mr. Buckley is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of CPR’S Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, CPR’s General Commercial Panel of arbitrators for Washington, D.C., CPR’s International/Cross Border Panel of arbitrators, and CPR’s Energy, Oil and Gas Panel of arbitrators. He is a member of CPR’s Arbitration Committee, the International Arbitration Institute, the International Bar Association’s Arbitration Committee, and the London Court of International Arbitration’s North American Users’ Council. He is listed on the arbitrator roster of the International Arbitration Institute and The Roster of International Arbitrators, Juris, Second Edition.
Mr. Buckley 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 both for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Associate Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell. Mr. Buckley joined the Justice Department and served for two years as special assistant to U.S. Attorney General Edward Levi.
Mr. Buckley 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