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Jennifer Penberthy Buckley

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Jennifer Penberthy Buckley is an associate in Potter Anderson’s General Litigation Group. Her practice focuses on employment counseling and litigation.

Jennifer advises employers on adopting and implementing effective policies consistent with federal and state law; responding to employee requests for leave and accommodation; avoiding and responding to discrimination claims; and more. Her employee benefits practice includes drafting and revising welfare benefit plans, deferred compensation and executive compensation plans, and Section 125 or “cafeteria” plans and “wrap” documents. Jennifer also counsels employers in drafting and negotiating enforceable employment agreements, restrictive covenants, retention agreements, and separation agreements.

In addition, Jennifer represents employers in proceedings before the Delaware Department of Labor (including the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board), the EEOC, and Delaware federal and state courts. She also litigates contract disputes in Delaware state and federal courts.

The current edition of Chambers USA ranks Jennifer as an "Associate to Watch" and sources comment that "[s]he is wonderful to work with and responsive." "Ms. Buckley has demonstrated a strong grasp of labor and employment issues. She is very responsive to clients and presents herself as a calm but strong force in litigation. She has very strong writing skills and is able to make concise and compelling arguments in legal filings."

After law school, Jennifer served as judicial law clerk for the Honorable Karen L. Valihura of the Supreme Court of Delaware. Prior to her legal career, she owned and operated a successful professional editing and proofreading business.


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Widener University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude and valedictorian, 2016; Articles Editor, Delaware Journal of Corporate Law; Wolcott Fellowship (2015/2016)

Salem College, B.A., 2004

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Delaware, 2016
  • United States District Court for the District of Delaware

Professional Activities and Honors

Vice Chair, Delaware State Bar Association's Labor & Employment Section (2021–2022); Secretary (2020-2021)

Member, Delaware State Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association

Listed in Chambers USA 2022 — "Associate to Watch"