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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. The current edition of Chambers USA ranks Jennifer as an "Associate to Watch." 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."

Jennifer provides sound, practical advice to 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. Jennifer also counsels employers in drafting and negotiating enforceable employment agreements, restrictive covenants, retention agreements, and separation agreements. 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.

In addition, Jennifer defends 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.

Jennifer volunteers with the Office of the Child Advocate, representing the best interests of youth in foster care during Family Court proceedings relating to their welfare.


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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

Hon. Karen L. Valihura, Supreme Court of Delaware (2016/2017)

Bar & Court Admissions

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

Professional Activities and Honors

Listed in Chambers USA 2023 — "Associate to Watch"

Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch®in America for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation - Labor and Employment (2023 - present)

Chair, Delaware State Bar Association's Labor & Employment Section (2022-2023); Vice Chair (2021–2022); Secretary (2020-2021)

Member, Delaware State Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association