Brian D. Buckley

206-389-4515
bbuckley@fenwick.com
Partner
Litigation

Brian D.
Buckley

Brian D.
Buckley

Brian D.
Buckley

Partner
Litigation

With over 25 years of complex commercial litigation experience—both as a law firm lawyer and as in-house litigation counsel at Amazon—Brian has represented companies of all sizes, across a wide variety of industries, helping them avoid, defend, prosecute, and resolve high-stakes complex commercial litigation, including intellectual property disputes, trademark and copyright litigation, consumer class actions, securities and corporate governance litigation, internal investigations, and trade secret and non-compete matters. Brian is also a trial lawyer and has tried cases to judges and juries in federal and state courts across the country, as well as handling complex arbitration hearings.

Prior to rejoining Fenwick, Brian was Associate General Counsel, Litigation & Regulatory at Amazon. In that role, Brian managed a diverse portfolio of active litigation, including all manner of commercial disputes, privacy and data-breach claims, class actions and complex arbitrations, intellectual property litigation, and First Amendment and media claims. He also handled a wide range of regulatory matters at the federal, state, and local levels. In addition, Brian provided risk-mitigation counseling and support to all of Amazon’s diverse businesses and subsidiaries. Brian’s unique blend of law firm and in-house experience allows him to provide crisp, practical advice to help corporate clients at the highest levels make informed business decisions about smart risk.

Throughout his career, Brian has devoted substantial time to pro bono work, focusing on issues affecting women, children, and the poor. Brian currently serves on the board of The Campaign for Equal Justice, Washington state’s primary funds drive for civil legal aid, and on the board of Legal Voice, which pursues justice and equal access for women and LGBTQ people. While at Amazon, Brian helped create legal clinic programs for Mary’s Place, a first-of-its-kind family shelter located within Amazon’s headquarters. In 2013, Brian received the Washington State Bar Association’s Annual Pro Bono Award for his significant contributions to the legal profession, the justice system, and the public interest.

Read more

  • Garner v. Amazon (USDC WDWA). Defending Amazon in a putative nationwide class action challenging the Alexa voice service.
  • In re Amazon Subscription Services Litigation (USDC WDWA). Defending Amazon in consolidated putative nationwide class actions challenging Amazon’s subscription enrollment practices.
  • In re Amazon Service Fee Litigation (USDC WDWA). Defending Amazon in consolidated putative nationwide class actions challenging discontinuance of certain Prime membership benefits.
  • In re Amazon Return Policy Litigation (USDC WDWA). Defending Amazon in consolidated putative nationwide class actions challenging Amazon’s practices for issuing refunds on returned products.
  • Prime Video Litigation (USDC WDWA). Defending Amazon in related putative class actions challenging imposition of a fee for ad-free Prime Video.
  • Gray v. Amazon (USDC WDWA). Defending Amazon in a putative nationwide class action challenging Amazon’s targeted advertising practices. Case dismissed on pleading motion. Ninth Circuit appeal pending.
  • McCarthy v. Amazon, Audible (USDC WDWA). Defending Amazon and Audible in a putative nationwide class action claiming that Amazon implies that Prime membership includes a free Audible subscription. Case dismissed on pleading motion. Ninth Circuit appeal pending.
  • Golden Unicorn v. Audible (USDC EDNY). Defending Audible in putative class action on behalf of independent authors challenging Audible’s royalty practices. Case dismissed on summary judgment. Second Circuit appeal pending.
  • Street v. Amazon (USDC WDWA). Defended Amazon in putative nationwide class action challenging Amazon’s Sidewalk shared network. Case dismissed on pleading motion, no appeal.
  • Chaves v. Amazon (USDC WDWA). Defended Amazon in putative nationwide class action challenging Amazon’s collection of sales tax on certain digital products. Case dismissed on pleading motion, no appeal.
  • Fli-Lo Falcon v. Amazon (USDC WDWA). Defended Amazon in putative nationwide class action by middle-mile delivery service provider. Case dismissed on pleading motion. Ninth Circuit affirmed on appeal.

  • Garner v. Amazon (USDC WDWA). Defending Amazon in a putative nationwide class action challenging the Alexa voice service.
  • In re Amazon Subscription Services Litigation (USDC WDWA). Defending Amazon in consolidated putative nationwide class actions challenging Amazon’s subscription enrollment practices.
  • In re Amazon Service Fee Litigation (USDC WDWA). Defending Amazon in consolidated putative nationwide class actions challenging discontinuance of certain Prime membership benefits.
  • In re Amazon Return Policy Litigation (USDC WDWA). Defending Amazon in consolidated putative nationwide class actions challenging Amazon’s practices for issuing refunds on returned products.
  • Prime Video Litigation (USDC WDWA). Defending Amazon in related putative class actions challenging imposition of a fee for ad-free Prime Video.
  • Gray v. Amazon (USDC WDWA). Defending Amazon in a putative nationwide class action challenging Amazon’s targeted advertising practices. Case dismissed on pleading motion. Ninth Circuit appeal pending.
  • McCarthy v. Amazon, Audible (USDC WDWA). Defending Amazon and Audible in a putative nationwide class action claiming that Amazon implies that Prime membership includes a free Audible subscription. Case dismissed on pleading motion. Ninth Circuit appeal pending.
  • Golden Unicorn v. Audible (USDC EDNY). Defending Audible in putative class action on behalf of independent authors challenging Audible’s royalty practices. Case dismissed on summary judgment. Second Circuit appeal pending.
  • Street v. Amazon (USDC WDWA). Defended Amazon in putative nationwide class action challenging Amazon’s Sidewalk shared network. Case dismissed on pleading motion, no appeal.
  • Chaves v. Amazon (USDC WDWA). Defended Amazon in putative nationwide class action challenging Amazon’s collection of sales tax on certain digital products. Case dismissed on pleading motion, no appeal.
  • Fli-Lo Falcon v. Amazon (USDC WDWA). Defended Amazon in putative nationwide class action by middle-mile delivery service provider. Case dismissed on pleading motion. Ninth Circuit affirmed on appeal.

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Recognition
Seattle Business Monthly

2008

Named as one of “Seattle’s 87 Top Business Lawyers.”

Puget Sound Business Journal

2006

Recognized as one of Seattle’s “40 Under 40.”

Super Lawyers

Repeatedly recognized as a Washington Super Lawyer, including being honored as one of the “Top 100” Washington Super Lawyers.

Recognition
Seattle Business Monthly

2008

Named as one of “Seattle’s 87 Top Business Lawyers.”

Puget Sound Business Journal

2006

Recognized as one of Seattle’s “40 Under 40.”

Super Lawyers

Repeatedly recognized as a Washington Super Lawyer, including being honored as one of the “Top 100” Washington Super Lawyers.