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Samuel J. Buffone

BuckleySandler LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Samuel J. Buffone is a partner in the Washington, DC office of BuckleySandler LLP. He has more than 35 years of experience representing individual and corporate clients in high-stakes criminal and complex civil litigation and enforcement matters throughout the United States.

Mr. Buffone has broad experience in a variety of grand jury, trial and appellate matters, including RICO, bank fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and procurement fraud cases. He is particularly noted for his criminal appellate work. 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.

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