Joseph L. Buckley

Chair, Litigation Department at Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

Joseph L. Buckley

Joseph L. Buckley

Chair, Litigation Department at Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

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Joseph L. Buckley is a member of the Firm's Management Committee and Chair of the Litigation Department. He has over 35 years of first chair trial experience in a wide variety of complex cases in federal and state courts in New Jersey and New York. According to a Chambers USA Guide, Mr. Buckley "is considered one of the leading business litigators in New Jersey" and "makes a very favorable impression on clients, who say ‘on experience and knowledge alone he is well worth recommending.'" He is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.

As Chair of the Firm's Litigation Department, Mr. Buckley accepted the Benchmark Litigation award for “New Jersey Firm of the Year” for three consecutive years (2017-2019). In August of 2018, Mr. Buckley was extensively quoted in a Law360 article entitled " New Jersey Powerhouse: Sills Cummis ," in which the Firm was recognized as a New Jersey Powerhouse by Law360 . Mr. Buckley was also interviewed and extensively quoted in an article about the Department, which was named the "2016 General Litigation Department of the Year Winner, Midsized Firm" by the New Jersey Law Journal .

Mr. Buckley serves as leader of the Firm’s Banking Litigation Group. He has handled many large litigations for nationally prominent banks, overseeing the process from inception to trial and appeal. He has served as lead counsel to major national banks and their subsidiaries in the defense of putative class action lawsuits venued in state and federal courts in New Jersey and elsewhere, relating to subjects as diverse as equipment leasing, credit insurance, information security, credit cards, ATM fees and an alleged conspiracy to fix interest rates. He has successfully defended large national banks in lawsuits in which tens of millions of dollars in damages were at issue, and has also assisted banks in the recovery of many millions of dollars from borrowers and others.

In 2015, Mr. Buckley represented the State of New Jersey in a large, commercial litigation and eventual settlement of a dispute with Hammerman & Gainer, Inc. (HGI), the principal contractor involved in recovery efforts in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. The settlement amounted to approximately a third of HGI’s demand.

In addition, for more than 25 years, Mr. Buckley has represented data and analytics firms and other computer technology companies in state and federal courts in litigations pertaining to technology services and equipment. He also litigates on behalf of companies that invest in real estate.

Mr. Buckley also represents financial and other corporate clients in litigations pertaining to financial services, and in so doing has extensive experience in class action and derivative litigation. Mr. Buckley also represents the subsidiaries of European automobile manufacturers.

After 25 days of trial in the Superior Court of Morris County, Mr. Buckley obtained a multi-million dollar verdict for lost profits on behalf of a client in a dispute between partners of an investment advisory firm. That verdict was affirmed on appeal. Since that trial, Mr. Buckley has assisted the same client in litigation against the same adversary in New Jersey, New York and Delaware in obtaining awards and recoveries well in excess of $20 million.

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Joseph L. Buckley
Chair, Litigation Department at Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
Education
J.D.
Class of 1978

University of Chicago Law School is the graduate school of law at the University of Chicago. It was founded in 1902 by a coalition of donors led by John D. Rockefeller, and is consistently one of the highest-rated law schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it fourth among U.S. law schools, and it is noted particularly for its influence on the economic analysis of law.

BA with High Honors
Class of 1975
Career History
Chair, Litigation Department
Current

Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. is a full-service corporate law firm with offices in New Jersey and New York. It is one of the largest law firms in the New York City metropolitan area, and was ranked #262 in the National Law Journal's 2012 list of the 350 largest law firms in the United States.

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Member, Executive Committee
Current

Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. is a full-service corporate law firm with offices in New Jersey and New York. It is one of the largest law firms in the New York City metropolitan area, and was ranked #262 in the National Law Journal's 2012 list of the 350 largest law firms in the United States.

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2018

The Newark Museum of Art owns and operates museum. The company offers galleries of art collections, including American, Asian, African, and Classical. The firm collections educate, inspire and transform individuals of all ages, and the local, regional, national, and international communities. The company was founded by John Cotton Dana in 1909 and is headquartered in Newark, NY.

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Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation. Boston College has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, including a 75 percent increase in undergraduate applications over the past decade, to more than 34,000 for the 2,250 seats in its freshman class. During the same period, an increase in voluntary giving from alumni has helped to move the University's endowment to approximately $1.9 billion. Boston College students have also earned more than 200 prestigious academic scholarships over the past decade, including 2 Rhodes Scholarships, 4 Marshalls, 9 Goldwaters and 162 Fulbright grants.

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Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation. Boston College has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, including a 75 percent increase in undergraduate applications over the past decade, to more than 34,000 for the 2,250 seats in its freshman class. During the same period, an increase in voluntary giving from alumni has helped to move the University's endowment to approximately $1.9 billion. Boston College students have also earned more than 200 prestigious academic scholarships over the past decade, including 2 Rhodes Scholarships, 4 Marshalls, 9 Goldwaters and 162 Fulbright grants.

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Representative from New Jersey's 6th Congressional District

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Senior Managing Director at Newmark & Company Real Estate, Inc.

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