Christopher Buckley

Attorney Christopher BuckleyChristopher A. Buckley

Chris is the latest addition to SFT Lawyers.  Attorney Christopher A. Buckley recently joined SFT Lawyers as “Of Counsel” May of 2014, and has been practicing law since 2010.

Chris is a Northwest Indiana native, and has called Valparaiso his home since 2002.  After graduating from Chesterton High School in 1998, Chris enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  Chris has been stationed throughout the world, and served his country filling billets as a non-commissioned officer in a variety of infantry and support roles in his primary duty station of Kaneohe, Hawaii, and served abroad in such places as Okinawa, Japan, Po Hang and Seoul, Korea, Iwo Jima, the Philippines, East Timor, and Queensland, Australia.  He was discharged honorably after receiving several medals and awards, including The Navy/Marine Corps Medal (of Heroism), The Navy Achievement Medal, The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, The National Defense Medal, A Medal of Good Conduct, Letters of Commendation, Meritorious Masts, and several regular promotions.  He retired as a Marine Corps Sergeant (E-5) after four (4) years of active, honorable service.  Chris received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University in 2006 with the Cum Laude distinction in Political Science and Public Administration.  Chris also attended law school at Valparaiso University.  He received his degree of Juris Doctor in May of 2009.

During law school, Chris was selected to participate in an externship program with the City of South Bend, Indiana where he assisted deputy city attorneys in the practice of law relating to the operation of a Second Class City and greatly expanded his understanding of municipal law.  Attorney Buckley has utilized his municipal experiencehe currently represents various municipal units of government, including the Porter County Assessor, and the Porter County Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals (“PTABOA“)and advises other local government units throughout Northwest Indiana.

Chris also shares an affinity for his fellow veterans, and seeks to give back to those who have served.  Chris is certified by the Veterans’ Administration as a Veterans’ Claims Attorney and continues to serve veterans in their many needs and legal issues, and regularly assists veterans in many areas of the law regardless of their ability to pay.

Chris is licensed to practice law before all courts in the State of Indiana, including a license to appear before the United States Federal Court for the Northern District of Indiana and the United States Federal Court for the Southern District of Indiana.  Chris is a member of the American Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association, the Porter County Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, and the American Inns of Court Porter County Chapter.

Chris maintains a general practice, and is a well-rounded Indiana attorney.  Chris serves his clients in the areas of municipal law, land use regulations, ordinance construction, contracts, real estate, and felony defense.  You can e-mail Christopher A. Buckley directly at cab@sftlawyers.com, follow him on Twitter at @buckleyca, or via Facebook: www.facebook.com/buckleycap.

In addition, Chris serves as the Judge of the Lowell Town Court in Lowell, Indiana.  The Lowell Town Court currently handles misdemeanor and traffic cases including operating while intoxicated, domestic battery, possession of marijuana, public intoxication, and speeding, to name a few. So long as Chris serves in his capacity as Lowell Town Court Judge, he is prohibited from representation in misdemeanor and traffic cases.  The Lowell Town Court Judge position is a part-time position; Chris still maintains his practice in felony criminal cases as well as maintains a busy civil and family law practice including divorces, paternity, custody, child support, and real estate.