Edward D. BuckleyManaging Partner
Edward D. Buckley is one of the founding partners of Buckley Beal. Ed was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, is a 1978 graduate of the College of Charleston, and he graduated Emory University School of Law in 1983, where he also served as a legal writing instructor.
Ed understands the hardships that working people face and has built his law practice championing their cause, focusing his practice on civil rights and employment discrimination cases. He has represented people from virtually every walk of life, including hotel laundry workers, truckers, secretaries, food industry workers, technicians, salespeople, teachers, professors, stockbrokers, CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, longshoremen, doctors and lawyers. He has represented numerous executives in everything from contract negotiations, to contract disputes. Indeed, Ed has a unique perspective on the plight of the working man and woman, as he worked his way through college and law school as a carpenter, building houses, hospitals and even performing renovation work on a law firm.
Ed has received recognition from numerous organizations for his legal excellence. He has been ranked as one of “America’s leading business lawyers” by Chambers and Partners, as a “Superlawyer” by Atlanta Magazine and as a member of Georgia’s “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend Magazine. Ed is listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers with an “AV” rating—its highest rating.
Ed has broad employment law experience in every area of the law. Although he is an outstanding trial lawyer, he also has extensive experience in mediation, arbitration, settlement negotiations and appellate law. He has won numerous multi-million dollar verdicts for employees in race discrimination, sex discrimination, sexual harassment and tort cases. He has also settled numerous cases on behalf of employees in age, race, sex, age, national origin discrimination claims for six, seven and eight-figure sums and has obtained favorable court orders for employees who have been treated unfairly in the workplace. He has successfully served as an advocate for employees in mediations and arbitrations. He has handled numerous appeals in the Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ed is extremely active outside of the courtroom. He is past president of the Georgia affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association and is a former chair of the Atlanta Bar Association Labor and Employment Section. A popular speaker, Ed has chaired seminars on “The Trial of a Race Discrimination Case” and “The Trial of a Sexual Harassment Case.” He has been selected to participate in mock trials for the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section and to chair and present a high-tech mock trial for the Atlanta Bar Labor and Employment Section. He has spoken at national seminars for consumer groups and employee rights groups. More recently, he was one of the three featured speakers at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and Atlanta Chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s seminar on “Technology in the Northern District Courtroom.”
Ed writes frequently and has authored numerous articles, papers and a book chapter on employment law, civil rights law and executive contracts. He is admitted to practice in all state courts, appellate courts, federal district courts in the State of Georgia and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the United States Supreme Court.
Ed lives in Decatur, Georgia with his wife, Patty and continues to enjoy the company of his three grown children and three grandchildren, all of whom live in the area. When not practicing law, Ed enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing and canoeing. Ed also has a passion for bringing potable water to people who would otherwise not have it in remote regions of the Caribbean, working in conjunction with various charities. He has raised funds for and facilitated numerous water projects both large and small, which have provided clean drinking water for more than 60,000 people.