Michael B. Buckley Michael B. Buckley

Education & Experience:

Michael B. Buckley is an AV-rated trial attorney who has tried over 100 jury trials. His practice includes a wide range of complicated litigated matters, including aviation matters, insurance coverage, bad-faith/excess liability, auto/trucking liability, construction defect, professional liability, commercial torts/fraud, products liability, auto liability and subrogation. He has tried cases throughout the states of New York, California and Florida in the state and federal courts.

Before forming Buckley Law Group, Mike was a partner with the prestigious Fowler, White, Burnett, P.A. firm in Miami, Florida for ten years, where he was responsible for trying significant cases, including class actions. Mike remains "of counsel" to this firm. Before that, Mike was a partner with the Anderson, Moss, Parks, Russo & Cohen, P.A. firm in Miami, Florida, where he handled significant personal injury cases, complicated insurance and commercial litigation, and various NASD arbitrations involving SEC and broker/dealer issues. Before that, Mike was with Kelly, Drye & Warren LLC, at 101 Park Avenue in Manhattan, where he handled and tried significant commercial matters and tort/insurance cases, including assisting with the Bhopal litigation for Union Carbide and handling the wrongful death case of the survivors of one of the astronauts killed in the space shuttle Challenger disaster against the U.S. Government and Martin Marietta.

Mike has been involved in such notable cases as:

Najar group, LLC v. West 56th Street Development, LLC, a commercial dispute among the members of the LLC that owns and operates the Chambers Hotel in Manhattan. Trial was in June of 2019 in the Southern District of New York.

Pagliaro v. Lowe’s Home Centers and LG Sourcing LLC, a product liability case in which Mike successfully defended Lowe’s and the product distributor in a jury trial that occurred in July of 2019 in Volusia County, Florida. The case involved an allegedly defective grill brush from which metallic bristles dislodged and were swallowed by the plaintiff along with the food she was eating, resulting in three unsuccessful surgeries to remove it. The jury returned a complete defense verdict finding the product not to be defective and that there was no negligence.

In re: Crash of American Airlines Flight 965 at Cali, Colombia, as lead liability defense team.

In re: Crash of Delta Flight 191 at Dallas/Fort Worth, junior partner to Robert L. Parks, one of the leading members of the Plaintiff Steering Committee.

In re: San Juan DuPont Plaza Hotel Fire Litigation, represented United Technologies’ Otis Elevator Division with regard to various death claims and hundreds of smoke-inhalation claims, in what was the largest multi-district hotel fire litigation in the history of the United States.

Allen Gee v. BDO Seidman & Seidman, an accountant malpractice case, resulted in $16 million judgment against a large accounting firm in Miami;

Billian v. Mobil Corp., a large commercial fraud case that was successfully tried to a jury and subsequently made significant new law in the appellate courts.

2800 SE Dune Drive Condo. Assoc. v. Mobil Land Development Corp., a construction defect case involving approximately $10 million in damages which Mike represented the developer, Mobil Land;

Chamberlain v. Mobil Corp., a class action ADA case that had potential corporate wide ramifications for Mobil.

Zazio v. Wells Fargo, a negligent security case in which a deranged psychotic murderer attempted to decapitate the Plaintiff in a public restroom at a mall where Wells Fargo provided security; case was tried to a jury and resulted in a defense verdict.

Halpeny v. Allianz Ins. Co., a class action coverage case with respect to a catastrophic automobile crash resulting in numerous deaths involving in significant new appellate law in Florida;

Rock & Fill Corp. v. Tarmac America, Inc., a commercial fraud case that was successfully tried to a jury in Miami on behalf of the plaintiff and upheld on appeal;

American Health Care, Inc. v. Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., a commercial libel case that was successfully tried to a jury in the Southern District of Florida; Griffith v. Mercedes Benz, a product liability case involving multiple deaths that was successfully tried to a jury on behalf of Mercedes in Tampa;

American Somax Ventures, Inc. v. Mobil Land Development Corp., a complex commercial case tried to a jury on behalf of the defendants (a one-month trial) in Palm Beach County regarding responsibility for a failed residential development;

Kamis v. Mizner Tower Condominium Assoc., a construction defect and negligent maintenance case successfully tried to jury trial in Palm Beach County on behalf of the defendant;

Goldsmith Motors, Inc. v. Chemical Banking Corp., a commercial fraud and UCC 4-401 case successfully tried to a jury on behalf of the plaintiff in Queens County, New York;

Monticello Insurance Company v. City of Miami Beach, et. al., a complex coverage case, with a breach of the duty to defend excess liability claim as well, tried on behalf of plaintiff in federal court in Miami.

Allianz Global Risks v. Travelers, a primary-excess dispute among these parties, successfully tried for the plaintiff in Nassau County, New York;

Sonic Auto Group v. Corepointe Insurance Company, a complicated coverage case with respect to an underlying class action matter in which the undisputed amount in controversy was at least $13,000,000, in which we obtained a complete victory for our client, Corepointe on a summary judgment motion in the federal district court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Barclay v. Mobil Land Development Corp., a fraudulent misrepresentation case successfully tried to a jury in Martin County, Florida;

Nadine Lewis v. Winn-Dixie, a slip and fall case involving an un-operated alleged herniated disc successfully tried by Mike on behalf of the plaintiff in Miami and resulting a $1 million verdict for the plaintiff;

Equico Lessors, Inc. v. Maruka Machinery Corp., a commercial fraud case successfully tried to a jury in Orange County, Florida for the defendant;

Payne v. Valiant Air, $9 million bad faith case settlement arising from a general aviation accident.

Donovan v. J.R. Brooks & Sons, Inc., a significant personal injury case, handled on behalf of the plaintiff, resulting in a $5 million settlement;

Sibaja v. Dow Chemical Co., a case involving 165 allegedly sterilized Costa Rican farm workers (from exposure to an agricultural product) who filed suit in Miami state court, which I removed to the federal court and then had dismissed, thereby establishing the rule that the doctrine of form non conveniens was procedure such that federal law pertaining to the doctrine applied under Erie.  At the time, Florida did not recognize the doctrine under the Houston v. Caldwell rule, and, so this ruling, dismissing the case, from the district court, which was upheld by the 11th Circuit federal court of appeals, was dispositive as to the case;

Vega v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., a $16 million bad faith/excess liability case which I defended for the insurer and obtained a result by which our client paid a small part of the excess judgment because we successfully third-partied-in the defense firm which provided improper advice leading to the insurer’s refusal to defend and the excess judgment; 

Allianz Ins. Co. v. State Farm Mutual, an excess vs. primary bad faith case successfully tried on behalf of the plaintiff, Allianz, in New York City;

Allianz Inc. Co. a/s/o Mercedes Benz USA v. Sachs, a subrogated indemnity recovery case on behalf of Allianz resulting in full recovery of a $1 million judgment in the federal court, Southern District of New York;

DaimlerChrysler v. Pambianchi, a subrogated indemnity recovery case on behalf of DaimlerChrysler resulting in full recovery of a $750,000 judgment in the federal court, District of Connecticut.

USA v. Wolf, a white collar crime case tried on behalf of the defendant involving more than $11,000,000 in allegedly defrauded funds, tried in the federal court, Southern District of New York, July, 2014.

Allianz a/s/o Siemens Corp. v. Hitachi Maxell Ltd., et. al., a large subrogated recovery case involving a damaged class-1 “clean room” run by a large microchip manufacturer.

Long v. Chrysler Financial Corp., successfully represented defendant in this case brought under the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act and tried to a jury in Palm Beach County, Fl. in 2013.

Lee v. ZZYX Entertainment LLC., successfully handled dispute among concert promoters for a major rock band in federal court in the Central District in California.

DMY Real Estate LLC v. Green Star Equities LLC, a commercial dispute among real estate developers tried to a jury in Queens, New York, resulting in significant decisional law on the accrual of the statute of limitations.

Deadco Petroleum, Inc. v. Trafigura AG, a significant contract and fraud dispute, in New York Supreme Court, between petroleum supplier and distributor resulting in significant decisional law on the New York “borrowing statute.”

Mike graduated from Rutgers University in 1979, magna cum laude, with a major in Political Science and minor in Economics. He graduated from New York Law School, magna cum laude, in 1982. He was in invitational member of the Law Review and published a Case Note.

Bar Admissions & Professional Memberships:

Mike is admitted to practice in Florida, California and New York, and is admitted in most federal courts in those states, as well as the Second Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Ninth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit federal appellate courts. He is also a member of the Lawyer-Pilots' Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association; the New York County Lawyers' Association; the Miami-Dade County Bar Association; and, the St. Petersburg Bar Association. By reason of Mike's many large subrogated recoveries and occasional plaintiff case that he has tried, Mike is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Presentations & Publications

Speaker: plaintiff's case in mock trial at Trial Seminar of Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, 1999 Winter Conference and 2000 Summer Conference.
Speaker: Accountant Malpractice Current Issues, Miami, Florida, August, 1998. Seminar sponsored by the Florida Bar and Interstate Insurance Company.
Attorneys' Malpractice Current Issues, Summer Conference, Practicing Law Institute, New York, N.Y. July, 1999.
Florida Bad Faith, Practicing Law Institute, Kansas City, Mo. 2003.
Florida Bad Faith in Auto Liability Insurance Context, sponsored by AAA, Madison, WI. 2007.


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