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 false claims and fraudulent and deceptive trade practices. 

Mr. Buckingham’s recent representations include:

  • Opioids Crisis Litigation & Investigation:  Representing New Jersey in its consumer protection, Medicaid fraud, and nuisance lawsuit against Purdue Pharma; representing Indiana in its investigation of all actors contributing to the opioid crisis, including pharmaceutical manufacturers and opioid distributors. 

Prior to joining Cohen Milstein in 2017, Mr. Buckingham served as a Trial Attorney and as the Special Counsel for Complex Litigation in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. 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 federal records.

Mr. Buckingham also worked with the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, as counsel to the Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Counselor for International Affairs.

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.

Mr. Buckingham received his B.A. from Georgetown University, and 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.

Mr. Buckingham is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland, but is not currently admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia. He practices under the supervision of Partners of the Firm.