Edward D. Buckley

Top rated employment & labor attorney in Atlanta, Georgia

Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP
Edward D. Buckley
Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP

Practice Areas: Employment & labor, Civil rights, Employment litigation; view more

Licensed in Georgia since: 1983

Education: Emory University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP

600 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 3900
Atlanta, GA 30308 Visit website


Edward D. Buckley is a co-founder of and the managing partner at Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, he focuses his practice on labor and employment law, representing clients throughout the greater metropolitan area and other parts of the state. Admitted to practice in Georgia since 1983, Mr. Buckley is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Mr. Buckley represents current, former and prospective employees in a variety of matters. A significant portion of his caseload involves discrimination that is prohibited by several federal and state statutes, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mr. Buckley has also assisted clients who have been the victims of sexual harassment, and his experience has additionally encompassed wage and hour violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, wrongful termination and other acts of unlawful retaliation, and Family and Medical Leave Act denials. Outside of the courtroom, he has prepared and reviewed employment, severance and compensation agreements. Mr. Buckley’s clients have ranged from blue-collar workers to highly paid professionals and executives, and he has obtained millions of dollars in jury awards and negotiated settlements on their behalf.

Mr. Buckley has earned a great deal of respect from his fellow attorneys for his successful track record and high degree of professional ethics. His honors have included an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and being included in Georgia Trend Magazine’s annual “Legal Elite” list. Mr. Buckley is a 1983 graduate of Emory University School of Law, and he is the founder of a non-profit organization that provides access to clean drinking water for residents of Haiti.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Employment & labor: employee, Civil rights, Employment litigation: plaintiff

Focus areas

Employment law - employee, Wage & hour laws, Whistleblower, Sexual harassment, Americans with disabilities act, Race discrimination, Discrimination, Employment discrimination, Wrongful termination, Retaliation

  • 50% Employment & labor: employee
  • 40% Civil rights
  • 10% Employment litigation: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1983, Georgia

Professional Webpage: https://www.buckleybeal.com/our-team/attorneys/edward-d-buck...

  • Tucker and McDaniel v. Georgia Department of Corrections. A sexual harassment and retaliation case resulting in a $1.75 million verdict
  • Lambert v. Fulton County. Race discrimination in employment case resulting in a $2.9 million verdict
  • Daw v. Kennesaw State University et al. A gender discrimination and retaliation case resulting in a $1.1 million dollar verdict
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Chaired seminars on “The Trial of a Race Discrimination Case” and “The Trial of a Sexual Harassment Case.”
  • 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.”
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member of the National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Atlanta Bar Association (Past Chair, Secretary and Treasurer of the Labor & Employment Section)
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Federal Bar Association
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Member of the National Employment Lawyers Association - Georgia Chapter (Past Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Board Member)
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Water-Life-Hope, Inc., President and Founder
  • Leadership Atlanta Class of 2013
  • Zip to Green, Inc. (Past Board Member)
Educational Background:
  • BA in English; College of Charleston, 1978
  • Ed Buckley was honored at the Georgia Legal Awards Ceremony, where he was one of three nominees for the “Attorney of the Year” Award., Attorney of the Year Nominee, https://www.law.com/dailyreportonline/2019/06/19/attorney-of-the-year-nominee-edward-buckley/?slreturn=20230109121156, 2019
  • An award given to an outstanding civil rights attorney in the state of Georgia in recognition of his/her hard work in protecting and advancing the rights of employees throughout the state, National Employment Lawyers Association - GA, 2018 Advocacy Award, National Employment Lawyers Association - GA 2018 Advocacy Award Recipient, https://www.bbwmlaw.com/blog/2018/october/press-release-ed-buckley-named-2018-nela-ga-advo/, 2018
  • Atlanta Magazine, Georgia Super Lawyer
  • Ed Buckley received the 11 Alive Community Service Award for founding Water Life Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to providing clean drinking to people across the southern Caribbean. , 11 Alive (NBC Atlanta affiliate, WXIA-TV) Community Service Award, https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/outreach/community-service-awards/csa-2015-ed-buckley/85-130334767, 2015
  • Atlanta Bar Association’s Professionalism Award, 2009
  • Ed Buckley, employment lawyer and President of Water Life Hope, received the 2014 Ambassador for the Poor Award presented at the Dreams Across the Sea Gala on October 24 in Atlanta. Buckley was honored for giving his time and resources to help create safe drinking water for 350,000 people in Haiti., Food for the Poor: Ambassador to the Poor Award, https://foodforthepoor.org/press/atlanta-tv-station-honors-ed-buckley-051815/, 2014
  • IEEE Gold Humanitarian and Pace Award, 2009
  • Member of Georgia's "Legal Elite" by Georgia Trend Magazine
  • “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” by Chambers and Partners
  • Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers with an "AV" rating—its highest rating

Office location for Edward D. Buckley

600 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 3900
Atlanta, GA 30308

Phone: 404-781-1100

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