General Information

Year founded: 1983
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Overview

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Buckley King provides legal support and guidance on traditional to complex business matters in the major industries and areas of business law, finance, corporate, tax, real estate, bankruptcy, family law, sports and entertainment law, and commercial litigation. The Firm fosters a culture in which integrity, transparency, creativity, better solutions, and teamwork, is non-negotiable. Buckley King is known for giving straight answers, thinking big picture, hearing clients' needs, providing practical and effective solutions, and completing engagements on time and on budget.

Buckley King has offices in Atlanta, Cleveland and Phoenix. Our attorneys are admitted in state and federal jurisdictions beyond the borders of our office locations. This unique footprint offers national clients seamless and efficient representation in geographic areas not typically found in mid-sized law firms.

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Rankings

Buckley King is nationally ranked in 3 practice areas and metro ranked in 11 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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National Rankings

Tier 2
Tier 2 for Financial Services Regulation Law
Tier 3
Tier 3 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 3 for Commercial Litigation

Metro Rankings

Cleveland, OH
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Tier 1 for Financial Services Regulation Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Banking and Finance
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law

About Our Clients

Local, Regional and National Companies
Fortune Companies
Banking and Financial Institutions
Professionals and Professional Service Providers
Private Equity Firms and Other Investment Groups
Real Estate Owners and Developers
Hospitals, Physicians and Physician Groups
Manufacturers, Suppliers and Distributors
Insurance Companies
Hospitality, Restaurants and Retail
Non-Profit Organizations
Educational Institutions
Public-Sector and Governmental Entities
High-Net-Worth Individuals

Highlighted Client Comments

All client comments represent the opinions of the people who provided them. All potential clients are urged to remember that no two cases are ever completely alike and that the result in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case.
Real Estate Law
From purchasing property to transferring property upon a death to placing real estate in trusts, Buckley King not only handled every situation with care and poise but educated me at each step in each situation. Further, they were very diligent in making sure my interests were protected and kept me appraised of progress throughout. I trust them implicitly.
Chris Vitale
Corporate Law
Moving from an LLC to an Inc. isn't as easy as one would think. Buckley King not only handled this for us but did so with ease and efficiency. There was never a timetable they weren't ahead of nor was there a single deadline missed. Without Buckley King in our corner we would have ceased to be!
Chris Vitale
Commercial Finance Law
My partners and I needed funding for a start up which meant taking on investors. Buckley King walked us through everything from initial approach to SEC filings to bringing it all together so we were able to focus on our business while they handled the finer points of the cap raise. They were thorough and efficient. I cannot speak highly enough of the job they did!
Chris Vitale
Banking and Finance Law
Started a business with partners and investors. Buckley King walked us through start to finish taking the time to thoroughly explain everything to our satisfaction. They were efficient but didn't rush us. First class all the way!
Chris Vitale
Corporate Law
I've depended on their expertise for decades.
Tim Nelson – Redibilt
Commercial Finance Law
Buckley King has extensive expertise in all aspects of commercial finance transactions from asset based lending to project finance providing valued strategies for credits submitted for documentation. Their team approach directed under Rosemary Sweeney's leadership has always provided a solid risk management approach to protect the Lender. Any questions and concerns are addressed with completeness and factual responses. Particular support in acquisition financing has been experienced with recommended solutions for both dealings with the private and public sectors involved. Customized solutions for delivery have always been made available.
Cheryl-Ann Madsen, VP/Commercial Banking – Erie Bank
Banking and Finance Law
Buckley King's expertise in many of the industries I have financed has been always been extensive and very current. Rosemary Sweeney's has supported me throughout the years in many commercial and industrial transactions. She and her team have successfully negotiated with my clients' lawyers to ensure approval terms and conditions are explicitly detailed per the Credit Memos in the documents prepared. Furthermore, Buckley King has always met closing deadlines with thoroughness and total responsiveness.
Cheryl-Ann Madsen, VP/Commercial Banking – Erie Bank
Insurance Law
Counsel possess truly outstanding knowledge of the law and experience.
Richard Alkire, Attorney – Winter Trimacco Co. LPA
Real Estate Law
Although my particular expertise is commercial and industrial, I have worked with Buckley King on real estate matters and project finance and experienced the same expertise in these matters. The risk associated with the construction timeframe and termed portion of a project are mitigated by the construction agreements and the permanent financing or mini-perms agreements drafted.
Commercial Litigation
Excellent firm with very able counsel.
Richard Alkire, Attorney – Winter Trimacco Co. LPA
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Buckley King and Brent Buckley are great white-collar attorneys. I would definitely refer work to them.
Corporate Law
Buckley King is uniquely staffed to have addressed every issue I've presented them throughout the 30+ years we've been associated.
Tim Nelson – Redibilt
Commercial Litigation
I have referred friends and clients to Buckley King without hesitation given their track record of success and strong engagement protocols. Managing Partner Brent Buckley is highly respected by his peers and is a go-to confidante in complex commercial litigation matters.
Keith Mabee, Group President, Corporate Communications – Falls Communications
Corporate Law
I have worked closely with the attorneys at Buckley King, and found them to be extremely knowledgeable, responsive and helpful. They have great empathy for their clients and really shine as a resource.
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
The Buckley King team does a phenomenal job. They are very smart, highly responsive and do a great job for their clients.
Commercial Litigation
Buckley King provided excellent experience combined with reasonable approaches.
Richard Alkire, Attorney – Winter Trimacco Co. LPA
Commercial Litigation
Brent Buckley and the attorneys at Buckley King are sophisticated, pragmatic and professional.
Insurance Law
Buckley King lawyers are well qualified.
Richard Alkire, Attorney – Winter Trimacco Co. LPA
Commercial Litigation
The attorneys at Buckley King do a great job understanding the ins and outs of a case, both factually and legally. Their written work product is excellent and their ability to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a case is outstanding.
Litigation - Labor and Employment
As a nice addition to supporting our legal requirements, Buckley King provides free employee law training periodically through the year and does an excellent job in training. They have helped us on a couple of complex problems where it could have cost a lot of money and time, and they guided us through a positive and efficient outcome. I would highly recommend them.
Carol Rinder, Vice President of Operations – Mold Rite Plastics
Insurance Law
Buckley King was hired by the insurance company firm to defend us against a significant claim. So far they have been diligent and insightful in the pleadings and preparing our defense. We're still fairly early in the process, but so far I'm impressed.
Alan Rosskamm
Corporate Law
Buckley King is always at the top of my list for law firm referrals given their track record with mutual professionals acquaintances and previous referrals I have provided.
Keith Mabee, Group President, Corporate Communications – Falls Communications
Banking and Finance Law
Brent Buckley, managing partner, is in a league all his own when it comes to strategic legal counsel in the financial services arena. He has successfully partnered with some of the biggest names in banking on both M&A and litigation matters.
Keith Mabee, Group President, Corporate Communications – Falls Communications
Corporate Law
Buckley King is fantastic at every level.
Corporate Law
The Buckley King team does a phenomenal job. The attorneys are very smart, highly responsive and do a great job for their clients.
Litigation - Bankruptcy
The Buckley King team does a phenomenal job. The attorneys are very smart, highly responsive and do a great job for their clients.
Corporate Law
Buckley King is an exceptional support partner for our business.
Jennifer Altstadt, President – Weatherchem Corporation
Commercial Finance Law
Buckley King is an exceptional support partner for our business.
Jennifer Altstadt, President – Weatherchem Corporation
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
I love working with the Buckley King bankruptcy group. They are smart, highly efficient, cost effective and very professional. They are very good at finding resolutions that work for all parties, even in tough situations.
Laurence Goddard – The Parkland Group, Inc.
Banking and Finance Law
I have worked with the Buckley King firm for more than 15 year with various financial institutions. During this timeframe, I have been extremely impressed with the firm's responsiveness to the matters at hand, quickly grasping the fundamental issues and providing significant insight to alternative and quick solutions.
Mike Reeves, Principal – LCM Capital Partners, LLC
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
The bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights practice area of the Buckley King firm has advised the financial institutions I have worked for more than 15 years. They work with the client to find potential resolutions that provide a win-win situation, all the while ensuring that the client's downside is protected and thinking two, three or four steps ahead to ensure the proper path is taken.
Mike Reeves, Principal – LCM Capital Partners, LLC
Commercial Finance Law
I have worked with the Buckley King firm for more than 15 year with various financial institutions. During this timeframe, I have been extremely impressed with the firm's responsiveness to the matters at hand, quickly grasping the fundamental issues and providing significant insight to alternative and quick solutions.
Mike Reeves, Principal – LCM Capital Partners, LLC
Litigation - Banking and Finance
I have worked with the Buckley King firm for more than 15 year with various financial institutions. During this timeframe, I have been extremely impressed with the firm's responsiveness to the matters at hand. They are quick to grasp the fundamental issues and provide significant insight to alternative and quick solutions.
Mike Reeves, Principal – LCM Capital Partners, LLC
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Buckley King lawyers are highly competent, smart, creative and professional.
Laurence Goddard – The Parkland Group, Inc.
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Buckley King lawyers have a good understanding of Med Mal defenses. The firm can develop creative defense strategies. The lawyers are responsive and knowledgeable of cases assigned.
Insurance Law
Buckley King is a well-respected insurance coverage firm.
Commercial Finance Law
Buckley King has long been a very reputable firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. As a commercial lender for over 14 years in this marketplace, the firm has always been dedicated to delivering an outstanding service in a timely and cost-efficient manner. More importantly, the firm's partners are always accessible and are truly hands-on, where other firms normally provide associates with work that is reviewed by partners. This has long been a strong advantage of Buckley King. This, alongside knowledgeable and courtious professionals, makes them a hard firm to beat locally.

Rankings

National Rankings

Tier 2
Tier 2 for Financial Services Regulation Law
Tier 3
Tier 3 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 3 for Commercial Litigation

Metro Rankings

Cleveland, OH
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Tier 1 for Financial Services Regulation Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Banking and Finance
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 2 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 2 for Corporate Governance Law
Tier 2 for Insurance Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 3 for Commercial Finance Law
Tier 3 for Corporate Law
Dayton, OH
Tier 2 for Commercial Litigation

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Advertising Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Collaborative Law: Family Law
  • Commercial Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
  • Construction Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Derivatives and Futures Law
  • Economic Development Law
  • Education Law
  • Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Equipment Finance Law
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
  • Family Law
  • Family Law Arbitration
  • Family Law Mediation
  • First Amendment Law
  • Food and Beverage Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Insurance Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Leisure and Hospitality Law
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Municipal
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Media Law
  • Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Military Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Nonprofit / Charities Law
  • Patent Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Project Finance Law
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Sports Law
  • Tax Disputes
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Transportation Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Venture Capital Law
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

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Client Comments

All client comments represent the opinions of the people who provided them. All potential clients are urged to remember that no two cases are ever completely alike and that the result in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case.
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Awards

Awards are self-reported by firms and are not verified by the Best Law Firms rankings.
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Top Rated Lawyers
  • Top Ranked Law Firms in the U.S.
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • People of Vision Award (Prevent Blindness)
  • AV-Preeminent Rated (Martindale-Hubbell)
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Top 50 Lawyers in Cleveland
  • Go-To Law Firm
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers
  • Corporate Responsibility's prestigious "Legal Who's Who" as one of the top in the nation for high-stakes litigation
  • The Best Law Firms
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Ohio
  • Top 50 Lawyers in Cincinnati
  • Top Ranked Law Firms in the U.S.
  • Super Lawyers

Main Location

Cleveland, OH
1400 Fifth Third Center
600 Superior Avenue East
Cleveland, OH 44114
United States
216-363-1400 Call our Cleveland, OH location at 216-363-1400 Get Directions Get directions to our Cleveland, OH location

Office Locations

Management and Personnel

Managing Partner
Brent M. Buckley
Director of Administration
Susan M. Bielawski
Administrative Partner
Rosemary Sweeney

Contacts

Director of Administration
Susan Bielawski
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