Brent M. Buckley - Buckley King

Brent M. Buckley

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011
Phone: 216-685-4801

While fully engaged as Managing Partner of Buckley King, Brent Buckley counsels and represents financial institutions, private equity firms, lenders, businesses and executive management on business issues, complex and structured finance, workouts, asset-based lending, corporate internal investigations, and commercial litigation matters. 

Brent is nationally recognized for excellence in both corporate law and banking and finance litigation.  He is named among the prestigious Legal Who's Who as one of the nation's top attorneys for high-stakes litigation by Corporate Responsibility Magazine, the Best Lawyers in America®, one of the "Top 50 Attorneys in Cleveland," "Top 100 Attorneys in Ohio," and Super Lawyers.  Brent's business judgment and experience makes a distinctive impact at the closing table and in the courtroom.

Brent is regularly retained in matters involving "bet the company" litigation, multi-district litigation, class actions and business disputes primarily on behalf of corporations, financial institutions and educational entities. He also has successfully defended directors and officers and matters involving professional liability.

Brent is active on community, professional and civic boards serving in leadership roles for many non-profit organizations. He is often sought to speak to the legal community and business organizations on commercial litigation issues, business and governance matters.

Additional Information

Brent is known for developing creative strategies and solutions in matters involving:
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Corporate & Transactions
  • Finance (Debt & Equity)
  • Corporate Governance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate & Internal Investigations
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Banking & Finance Litigation
  • Lender Liability
  • Professional Liability, D&O/E&O 
Case Western Reserve UniversityBA 1977Cleveland State UniversityJ.D. 1982
Cleveland Institute of MusicCleveland-Marshall College of LawCollege Now Greater ClevelandJudicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial DistrictCleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationJudge John M. Manos Inn of CourtSt. Vincent Charity Medical CenterFirst Tee . ClevelandGreater Cleveland Sports CommissionUnited Way of Lake CountyFriends of James A. Garfield National Historic SiteGreater Cleveland Film Commission

Case History

Litigation - Banking & Finance, Class Actions and MDL — Defend class actions and MDL, most recently on behalf of a multi-national bank victimized in alleged Ponzi scheme involving twenty banks across the country, financing securitized transactions with actual losses nearing $500 million
Finance — Represented lender in structuring a multi-million dollar credit facility to corporation and its 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.
Finance — Represented lender in the restructuring of a multi-million dollar syndicated credit facility, including municipal bonds and letters of credit to non-profit organization providing senior living facilities.
Litigation - Banking & Finance — Represents large and regional banks in corporate investigations and matters of first impression including banking crimes, lender liability, lender misconduct claims, business torts, claims of wrongdoing involving officers, directors and employees, and UCC matters.
Litigation - Banking & Finance — 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.
Litigation - Banking & Finance, Appellate — Successfully defended, in trial and appellate courts, bank and mezzanine lender against multi-million dollar allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, civil conspiracy and fraudulent transfer.
Litigation - Banking & Finance — Defended one of the world's largest insurance companies in corporate and criminal investigations, successfully resolved 60 lawsuits involving the largest embezzlement/defalcation in company history (at the time).
Finance, M&A — Management-led buyout of subidiary of an international company in multi-million dollar acquisition and complex financing.

Client Comments

"Brent Buckley's deep level of experience has been extremely insightful in the many matters I have worked on with him. His ability to communicate with clients of various levels of experience makes him an asset to the legal community. Brent's passion and support of the Cleveland Market have made a difference in the marketplace both at the legal level and the local communities in and around Cleveland. "

"Brent is an exceptional business partner. "

-Jennifer Altstadt
Weatherchem Corporation

"Mr. Buckley is involved in client relationship at a level that would not be typically expected given his position at the firm. No matter how small, he sincerely wants to know what is going on."

"Brent is a very hands-on and involved attorney. His thoroughness and understanding of the markets served are truly assets I would recommend to just about anyone. Despite his many duties, one can always count on a quick call back and/or an immediate response from Brent. More importantly, Brent does a great job learning what one is trying to accomplish prior to offering suggestions. He gets to know the facts, offers different strategic initiatives and/or suggestions, and is a real partner. He is very involved in the community, and I have been privileged to work with him over the years."

-John Macks
First National Bank

Office Location

1400 Fifth Third Center
600 Superior Avenue East
Cleveland, OH 44114
United States

Practice Areas

Corporate Law
Litigation - Banking and Finance

Other Information

Gender: Male