SERVICES
Internal Investigations

Buckner is adept at resolving issues that require in-depth investigation or fact-finding. Our Investigation Team includes attorneys and professionals who possess a range of experience and skills, including a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent; a former licensed private investigator; and a former USA National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) enforcement investigator. In addition, our attorneys are authors of books, articles and resources regarding investigations. In addition, one of our attorneys authored Athletics Investigation Handbook: A Guide for Institutions and Involved Parties During the NCAA Enforcement Process, the leading publication on conducting and managing NCAA enforcement investigations.

Education

Buckner possesses unique knowledge of the complex legal and regulatory issues that can impact public and private colleges, universities, high schools, academies and other academic institutions.

High School Sports

Buckner offers you more than 25 years of collective intercollegiate athletics, interscholastic athletics, legal, consulting and investigation experience. We will leverage our knowledge to provide an effective and efficient solution to an interscholastic athletics-related issue. 

College Sports

Buckner, which offers more than 25 years of collective experience in intercollegiate athletics, assists athletics clients with resolving issues that require in-depth analysis, investigation or fact finding.

Risk Management

Buckner is available to assist your institution in identifying and developing its organizational resources to manage, improve, and grow the risk culture at all levels.

Professional Sports

Professional leagues, associations, clubs and teams operate in a self-regulatory environment that is unique to the American sports landscape.  Understanding and navigating the complex interrelationships between professional leagues and associations and their respective athletes and teams, requires exposure to and prior experience with the governance structures, regulatory documents and agreements, and disciplinary rules and procedures that few outside the professional sports world possess.

Sports Drug Testing

Drug testing and anti-doping programs in sport have different goals and consequences than drug testing programs in other contexts.

Sports Dispute Resolution and Arbitration

The self-regulatory nature of Olympic and amateur sports require legal practitioners representing clients within this context to be familiar with the unique aspects of dispute resolution used in the Olympic Movement and affiliated organizations.

Consulting (Connie Wilson Communications, LLC)

Buckner consulting services relating to media communications and public relations issues are provided by contractual arrangement and affiliation with Connie Wilson Communications, LLC. Buckner attorneys and professionals also may provide services through, and may possess a financial interest in, Connie Wilson Communications, LLC. This affiliate does not provide legal services. Further, the protection of a client-lawyer relationship does not exist with respect to Connie Wilson Communications, LLC’s provision of non-legal services to you.

Sports Medicine

Buckner offers consultations to assist a sports organization with enhancing its sports medicine program.

Media and Strategic Communications

Effectively dealing with the media and protecting your brand is key to transitioning smoothly through any crisis situation. Buckner assists clients with achieving objectives through the development of a communication plan that engages key stakeholders timely, accurately and effectively.

 

Consulting (Sports Features Communications)

Buckner consulting services relating to media communications and public relations issues are provided by contractual arrangement and affiliation with Sports Features Communications. Buckner attorneys and professionals also may provide services through, and may possess a financial interest in, Sports Features Communications. This affiliate does not provide legal services. Further, the protection of a client-lawyer relationship does not exist with respect to Sports Features Communications’ provision of non-legal services to you.

Anti Doping Intelligence Gathering and Investigations

Buckner’s attorneys, investigators and professionals in the International Sports Investigations and Arbitration Team use their experience and skills to assist global sports organizations comply with the intelligence-gathering and investigative provisions of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code (the Code), as well as the fact-sharing and investigating protocols contained in the 2015 International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI).

Litigation
The Buckner Litigation Team searches for ways to resolve clients’ legal disputes and issues in most efficient and effective manner. Litigation Team members rely on early case assessment and settlement, alternative dispute resolution, strategic motion practice, targeted discovery, trial and appeals to achieve the best results that are consistent with our clients’ stated objectives, needs and goals.