Law School

Florida State University College of Law

Graduation Year

1996

States Barred

Florida

Current City

Lauderhill, Florida

Career Highlights

  • Represented Alabama State University in 2009 in first successful appeal of the NCAA's new abuse of discretion standard for penalties.
  • Authorship of several books and published articles, including Athletics Investigation Handbook: A Guide for Institutions and Involved Parties During the NCAA Enforcement Process and The ABCs of Ethics: A Resource for Leaders, Managers, and Professionals.

Areas of Practice

  • Appeals
  • Civil Litigation
  • Collections
  • Family Law
  • Immigration
  • Labor & Employment
  • Landlord/tenant
  • Personal Injury

Overview

Michael L. Buckner is shareholder of the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm. Mr. Buckner, a licensed attorney and former licensed private investigator, represents clients in litigation matters (i.e., general litigation, discrimination law, disability, immigration law, debt collection defense, landlord-tenant law, appeal, education law and sports law) and advises organizations on compliance, investigation, due diligence, ethics, training, and management enhancement issues. Mr. Buckner has appeared on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and ESPN’s College Football Live and has been quoted as a college sports expert in numerous newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and Lexington Herald-Leader. Further, Mr. Buckner has written numerous articles and reference materials regarding ethics, productivity, compliance, investigation and operational efficiency issues. Mr. Buckner has authored several books and published articles, including Athletics Investigation Handbook: A Guide for Institutions and Involved Parties During the NCAA Enforcement Process and The ABCs of Ethics: A Resource for Leaders, Managers, and Professionals.
 
Mr. Buckner was formerly with Holland & Knight LLP, where he headed its collegiate sports administration and compliance practice. He also represented clients in education, commercial, product liability and appellate legal matters. Mr. Buckner is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and all federal and state courts in Florida.
 
Mr. Buckner earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations and social sciences and communication in 1993 from the University of Southern California. He was awarded a law degree in 1996 from Florida State University, where he was a member of the Moot Court team.

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