In Memoriam: Samuel J. Buffone, 1946-2015
Our beloved colleague Sam Buffone passed away this morning at home with his family by his side. Sam has been fighting cancer courageously for over three years. During much of his battle with cancer Sam continued to serve on the firm Executive Committee providing the leadership and guidance that has helped us become the firm we are today. During this period, he also led to conclusion the firm’s highly successful representations of senior Google executives in a criminal trial in Italy and the Navajo Nation in its pursuit of breach of trust claims against the United States government.
I have had the privilege of knowing Sam as a neighbor, trusted advisor, litigation adversary, partner, professional colleague and close friend. When BuckleySandler was founded in March 2009, the very first lateral partner that we pursued was Sam. His decision to join the firm was a watershed moment in the credibility of the firm. Sam was simply about the best lawyer with whom many of us have ever worked. He was an even better husband, father, grandfather and friend.
For Sam, litigation advocacy was a craft. Whether the relevant law addressed human rights, Indian law, criminal procedure, sentencing requirements or banking mattered not. Nor did it matter if a case was pending in a state or federal trial or appellate court, the EEC, Italy, Chile or Spain or even the United States Supreme Court. Sam would pour his soul into crafting and delivering effective written and oral advocacy. He loved the practice of law and mentoring young lawyers (and even senior partners) more than anything other than his family, wife Susan, children Anna and Sam Jr., their spouses Mike and Sarah, and his grandchildren, Harry, James, and Max. He was so committed to the firm and its clients that over the last several weeks of his life he would actively quiz me on current cases and firm management issues and weigh in when he had a view. In typical Sam Buffone fashion, his perspective on his hard fought but ultimately unsuccessful battle with cancer was gratitude that he lived for more than three years after his initial diagnosis, and therefore experienced Sam Jr.’s marriage, the birth of three grandchildren, and the successful resolution of the Navajo case with its transformational impact for the Navajo people.
Andrew L. Sandler
April 3, 2015
Sam's professional biography is available here.
BuckleySandler represented the Navajo Nation, the largest Indian tribe in the United States, in Navajo Nation v. United States, Case No. 06-945L, in the United States Court of Federal Claim... MORE
Represented Google’s Global Privacy Officer, Peter Fleischer, and Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond, in a criminal data privacy case in Milan, Italy. Served as personal counsel for the two exe... MORE
Submitted Amicus Curiae Brief on behalf of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of petitioner’s appeal of RICO conviction.
Represent judgment creditors in appeal of decision allowing use of nationalized airline’s assets to satisfy judgment against Chile.
Represented Petitioner in connection with successful First Amendment challenge to state supreme court rule prohibiting lawyer from making extrajudicial statements to press.
Represent retired president of union in appeal affirming decision that agreement by pension plan to make lump sum payment valid and enforceable.
Represent law firm in appeal of order denying motion to compel firm to produce documents in response to third party subpoena.
Represented debtor-in-possession as special counsel for several litigation and regulatory matters.
Represent defendant in appeal affirming summary judgment in favor of defendant on civil RICO claims.
Represent successful bidder on HUD project in appeal of decision dismissing bidder’s RICO claims against HUD employee, financiers, and architects of project.
The Navajo Nation stated claims for induced breach of trust, conspiracy, tort and contract violations, and other common law claims pertaining to the corporate defendants’ mining and use of coal ... MORE
Represent applicant for AM radio station operator license in petition for review of FCC decision to grant license to another applicant.
Represented defendant in appeal of conviction on narcotics and racketeering conspiracies.
Submitted Amici Curiae Brief on behalf of Consumer Mortgage Coalition and Mortgage Insurance Companies of America in consolidated appeals concerning the proper standard for statutory damages in FCRA a... MORE
Represented criminal defendants in appeal overturning conviction on claims of bank and wire fraud and money laundering.
Represented criminal defendant in appeal of dismissal of federal murder for hire indictment on double jeopardy grounds.
Represented defendant in appeal of conviction and sentence on conspiracy, bank fraud, and wire fraud charges.
Submitted Amicus Curiae Brief on behalf of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in connection with appeal regarding application of federal sentencing guidelines.
Represented defendants in appeal of convictions arising from offenses associated with automobile “salvage/switch” operation.
Represented defendant in appeal of conviction for income tax evasion, obstruction of IRS investigations, and making false statements to IRS.
Represent teamsters union in appeal of RICO injunction barring union from allowing certain individuals to be members.
Represented former Chapter 11 debtor on appeal of conviction for concealing bankruptcy estate property.
Represented defendant in appeal reversing conviction on mail and wire fraud claims.
Represented former congressman in appeal of motion for new trial after conviction for receiving unlawful gratuity and conspiracy in an ABSCAM prosecution.
Submitted Amici Curiae Brief on behalf of Families Against Mandatory Minimums and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in connection with appeal regarding use of unproven claims to enh... MORE
Represented defendant in appeal partially reversing bank fraud, money laundering and conspiracy conviction.
Represented bank board chairman in appeal reversing conviction on claims of bank fraud, misapplication of bank funds, making false entries, and conspiracy.
Represented defendant in appeal of conviction on bank fraud and conspiracy claims.
Represented natural gas trader in appeal of conviction for wire fraud and denial of post-verdict motions for judgment of acquittal and for a new trial.
On behalf of United Western Bank, filed suit against the OTS and FDIC claiming a wrongful seizure and appointment of a receiver. The lawsuit asserts the bank was, in fact, "economically viable" and th... MORE
Represent actor Wesley Snipes in appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in ongoing litigation surrounding his conviction of tax evasion and other charges.
Represented former Enron executive in a three month criminal trial resulting in acquittal of the major counts and a favorable ruling in the United States Supreme Court. In October 2009 the United Stat... MORE
Submitted Amicus Curiae Brief on behalf of Physicians for Human Rights in support of criminal defendant’s petition for certiorari.
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