John Buckley is a partner in Williams & Connolly LLP and heads the firm's international arbitration practice group. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, his practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and international and domestic arbitration. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he also serves as arbitrator.
Mr Buckley's experience in litigation and arbitration matters spans a broad range of industries and issues, including energy, oil & gas, LNG, refining, electric generation, civil engineering, construction projects, M&A transactions, sale of goods, commodities trading, mortgage-backed securities, stock options and buy backs, collateralized debt obligations, secured transactions, SWAPS and derivatives, share purchase agreements, hedge funds, telecommunications, smart phone technology, foreign investment, and insurance.
His cases have included arbitral proceedings in the United States and other countries under AAA/ICDR, ICC, CPR and HKIAC rules and in ad hoc arbitrations.
Mr Buckley is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer at Yale Law School, where he teaches advocacy in international arbitration. He has consistently been listed as among the top US commercial arbitration practitioners in Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration.
Mr Buckley is listed on numerous arbitrator rosters, including the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) – International Panel of Arbitrators; CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution – Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, General Commercial Panel of arbitrators for Washington, DC, International/Cross Border Panel of arbitrators, and the Energy, Oil and Gas Panel of arbitrators. He is also listed on the panel of arbitrators of the International Arbitration Institute of Paris (IAI); The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb); and The Roster of International Arbitrators, Juris, Second Edition.
Mr Buckley is a member of the Arbitration Committee of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, the International Arbitration Institute, the International Bar Association's Arbitration Committee, and the London Court of International Arbitration's North American Users' Council.
Mr Buckley earned his AB, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Georgetown University and his JD, with honors, from The University of Chicago, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The University of Chicago Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif. After law school, he clerked both for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Associate US Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Mr Buckley later joined the US Department of Justice where he served as special assistant to US Attorney General Edward H. Levi before joining Williams & Connolly. He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and New York bars and many federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States.