Joseph L. Buckley - Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

Joseph L. Buckley

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003
Phone: 973-643-5394

Joseph L. Buckley has over 30 years of first chair trial experience in a wide variety of complex cases in federal and state courts in New Jersey and New York, and is Chairman of the Firm's Litigation Department and a member of the Firm's Executive and Management Committees. According to the Chambers USA Guide 2006, 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 leader of the Firm’s Banking Litigation Group, Mr. Buckley has handled many large litigations for nationally prominent banks, overseeing the process from inception to trial and appeal. Mr. Buckley is 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 and an alleged conspiracy to fix interest rates. In recent years, Mr. Buckley has successfully defended large national banks in several lawsuits in which tens of millions of dollars in damages were at issue. Mr. Buckley has also assisted banks in the recovery of many millions of dollars from borrowers and others.

Mr. Buckley also represents financial and other corporate clients in litigations pertaining to financial services, and has extensive experience in class action and derivative litigation in that field. In addition, he regularly represents the United States subsidiaries of European automobile manufacturers and e-business integration and other technology companies.

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 in 2002. Since that trial, Mr. Buckley has assisted the same client in litigation in New Jersey, New York and Delaware in obtaining awards and recoveries exceeding $25 million.

Rutgers UniversityAB 1975University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D. 1978
New Jersey Law JournalRutgers Business SchoolThe Newark MuseumNewark YMCA

Client Comments

"When I work with Joe, I know I will always get well thought-out advice delivered promptly. "

"Joseph is a great lawyer and great guy. He is very enjoyable to spend time with and clearly has a great understanding of the big picture."

"Joe Buckley is highly experienced and tenacious, with a great courtroom demeanor. He is a most trusted counselor committed to the best interests of the client."

-William J. Cahill
General Counsel
Terumo Medical Corporation

Office Location

The Legal Center
One Riverfront Plaza
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Banking, Class Actions, Complex Litigation)
Litigation - Banking and Finance