Stephen Buckingham is Of Counsel at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s Public Client practice group. Mr. Buckingham’s practice focuses on the representation of state Attorneys General and other public-sector clients in investigations and lawsuits involving fraudulent and deceptive trade practices.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Mr. Buckingham had a distinguished career at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was a Trial Attorney and Special Counsel for Complex Litigation for the Department’s Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch. In these roles, Mr. Buckingham represented the United States as lead counsel in dozens of civil matters in federal district court in cases involving constitutional and statutory challenges to federal statutes and regulations. He also provided advice and assistance to Executive Branch agencies on a variety of federal programs, including the creation and imposition of U.S. economic and trade sanctions. Mr. Buckingham has represented cabinet officials in subpoena enforcement matters, has handled all aspects of civil discovery, and has defended the Executive Office of the President and a variety of Executive agencies in lawsuits involving access to records related to the CIA’s rendition program and the disposition of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.
Mr. Buckingham also worked with the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, as counsel in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Counselor for International Affairs.
He is a Graduate of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Leadership Excellence and Achievement Program, a recipient of four U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division special commendations, and recipient of the Treasury Department’s 2014 Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Director’s Award.
Following law school, Mr. Buckingham served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable William M. Nickerson, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland Baltimore, MD.
While attending law school, Mr. Buckingham served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Mr. Buckingham received his B.A. from Georgetown University, and he earned his J.D. cum laude, from Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law, where he was also the Managing Editor of the Temple Law Review.
Prior to law school, Mr. Buckingham worked with the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program in Philadelphia, PA, where he directed legal outreach services for indigent individuals, coordinated a low income tax clinic, and created a program to amend the immigration status of unaccompanied Sudanese refugee minors.