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Samuel J. Buffone

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  • sbuffone@buckleysandler.com

Biography

Samuel J. Buffone is a partner in the Washington, DC, office of BuckleySandler LLP. He has more than 40 years of experience representing individual and corporate clients in high-stakes litigation and enforcement matters.

Mr. Buffone has broad experience in a variety of enforcement, trial and appellate matters, including data privacy and data security, RICO, bank fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, False Claims Act, mail and wire fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and procurement fraud cases. In 2009, Mr. Buffone argued and won an appeal in the United States Supreme Court barring further prosecution of a former Enron executive on double jeopardy grounds. Yeager v. United States, 129 S.Ct. 2360 (2009).

Mr. Buffone has an active international practice, representing foreign companies and individuals in proceedings in the United States, and American companies and individuals in proceedings throughout the world.  He has represented clients in major criminal enforcement initiatives ranging from ABSCAM to Enron.  Recently he has been involved in trials and investigations relating to the Internet and electronic media including financial information data breaches, data privacy and securities fraud relating to high tech products and services.

Mr. Buffone served as Chairman of the Committee on the United States Sentencing Commission of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section and Vice-Chairman of the ABA’s RICO, Forfeiture and Civil Remedies Committee. He was founder and chairman of the Practitioners’ Advisory Group to the U.S. Sentencing Commission. He also served as an advisor to the American Indian Policy Review Commission.  Mr. Buffone writes and lectures widely on criminal and civil enforcement topics.

Prior to joining BuckleySandler, Mr. Buffone was co-head of the Government Enforcement Practice Group at Ropes & Gray.  Mr. Buffone was a founding partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm Tigar & Buffone.  Mr. Buffone served as a law clerk to Judge Francis L. Van Dusen of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Mr. Buffone received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1971 and a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1968.

Significant Representations

  • Boyle v. U.S.

    Submitted Amicus Curiae Brief on behalf of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of petitioner’s appeal of RICO conviction.

  • De Letelier v. Republic of Chile

    Represent judgment creditors in appeal of decision allowing use of nationalized airline’s assets to satisfy judgment against Chile.

  • Gentile v. State Bar of Nevada

    Represented Petitioner in connection with successful First Amendment challenge to state supreme court rule prohibiting lawyer from making extrajudicial statements to press.

  • Hoffa v. Fitzsimmons

    Represent retired president of union in appeal affirming decision that agreement by pension plan to make lump sum payment valid and enforceable.

  • In re Grand Jury Proceedings

    Represent law firm in appeal of order denying motion to compel firm to produce documents in response to third party subpoena.

  • In re United Western Bancorp, Inc.

    Represented debtor-in-possession as special counsel for several litigation and regulatory matters.

  • Italian Data Privacy Indictment of Google Officials

    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

  • Matter of Lewisville Properties, Inc.

    Represent defendant in appeal affirming summary judgment in favor of defendant on civil RICO claims.

  • McLaughlin v. Anderson

    Represent successful bidder on HUD project in appeal of decision dismissing bidder’s RICO claims against HUD employee, financiers, and architects of project.

  • Navajo Nation v. Peabody Hold Company, Inc et al.

    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

  • Navajo Nation v. United States

    We represent 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 Claims. The suit invo... MORE

  • New Radio Corp. v. F.C.C.

    Represent applicant for AM radio station operator license in petition for review of FCC decision to grant license to another applicant.

  • Polizzi v. U.S.

    Represented defendant in appeal of conviction on narcotics and racketeering conspiracies.

  • Safeco Ins. Co. of America v. Burr

    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

  • United States of America v. Adkinson

    Represented criminal defendants in appeal overturning conviction on claims of bank and wire fraud and money laundering.

  • United States of America v. Angleton

    Represented criminal defendant in appeal of dismissal of federal murder for hire indictment on double jeopardy grounds.

  • United States of America v. Aubin

    Represented defendant in appeal of conviction and sentence on conspiracy, bank fraud, and wire fraud charges.

  • United States of America v. Booker

    Submitted Amicus Curiae Brief on behalf of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in connection with appeal regarding application of federal sentencing guidelines.

  • United States of America v. Chorman

    Represented defendants in appeal of convictions arising from offenses associated with automobile “salvage/switch” operation.

  • United States of America v. Cunningham

    Represented defendant in appeal of conviction for income tax evasion, obstruction of IRS investigations, and making false statements to IRS.

  • United States of America v. Local 560 (I.B.T.)

    Represent teamsters union in appeal of RICO injunction barring union from allowing certain individuals to be members.

  • United States of America v. Moody

    Represented former Chapter 11 debtor on appeal of conviction for concealing bankruptcy estate property.

  • United States of America v. Moody No. 88-6016, 903 F.2d 321

    Represented defendant in appeal reversing conviction on mail and wire fraud claims.

  • United States of America v. Murphy

    Represented former congressman in appeal of motion for new trial after conviction for receiving unlawful gratuity and conspiracy in an ABSCAM prosecution.

  • United States of America v. O’Brien

    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

  • United States of America v. Pettigrew

    Represented defendant in appeal partially reversing bank fraud, money laundering and conspiracy conviction.

  • United States of America v. Riddle

    Represented bank board chairman in appeal reversing conviction on claims of bank fraud, misapplication of bank funds, making false entries, and conspiracy.

  • United States of America v. Saks

    Represented defendant in appeal of conviction on bank fraud and conspiracy claims.

  • United States of America v. Valencia

    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.

  • United Western Bank v. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, et al.

    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

  • Wesley Trent Snipes v. United States Government

    Represent actor Wesley Snipes in appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in ongoing litigation surrounding his conviction of tax evasion and other charges.

  • Yeager v. United States of America

    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

  • Zagorski v. Bell

    Submitted Amicus Curiae Brief on behalf of Physicians for Human Rights in support of criminal defendant’s petition for certiorari.

Publications

Awards & Recognition

  • Super Lawyers 2014: Criminal Defense - White Collar, Appellate, Business Litigation
  • Best Lawyers 2014: Criminal Defense - White Collar
  • Super Lawyers 2013: Criminal Defense (White Collar), Appellate, Business Litigation
  • Super Lawyers 2012: Criminal Defense (White Collar), Appellate, Business Litigation
  • Super Lawyers 2011: Criminal Defense (White Collar)