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Scott T. Sakiyama, a Partner in the Chicago office of Buckley LLP, represents clients in a wide range of enforcement and litigation matters.  His work includes the representation of clients in high-stakes litigation throughout the country in cases involving federal and state consumer protection statutes as well complex commercial disputes.  He also regularly represents clients in enforcement matters before federal and state agencies including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and state attorneys general. 

Mr. Sakiyama has an active appellate practice in federal and state courts throughout the United States.  He has been involved in the SEC’s enforcement program including the Wells process and the emerging issues surrounding the agency’s whistleblower programs and employee protections thereunder.

Mr. Sakiyama’s recent representations include:

  • Defending mortgage servicers in putative class actions regarding inspection and convenience fees
  • Defending a fintech platform in litigation with a state attorney general involving applicability of the federal preemption of state usury laws
  • Representing large banks in fair lending litigation
  • Defending a large jewelry store company in class actions regarding practices related to credit card applications
  • Representing a large bank in a CFPB investigation of its practices
  •  Representing a nonbank institution in a DOJ investigation alleging fair lending violations
  • Representing a former chief operating officer of a publicly traded engine manufacturing company in lawsuit alleging violations of the whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Acts

Mr. Sakiyama is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.  He has an active pro bono practice that includes criminal and civil rights matters.  Mr. Sakiyama also has been appointed to serve as a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee’s Investigative Division and as a commissioner on the Village of Oak Park’s Community Relations Commission.

Mr. Sakiyama received his J.D. from Washington University in 2010 (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif). During law school, he served as Chief Articles Editor for the Washington University Law Review and was awarded the Jack Garden Humanitarian Award for his contributions to the school’s community. Mr. Sakiyama received his B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University in 2002.


In The News

  • Buckley promotes six to partner

    WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 8, 2022) – Buckley LLP announced that it promoted Ali Abugheida, Bradley Marcus, Ryan Pollard, Sherry-Maria Safchuk, Scott Sakiyama, and Jay Williams to partner from counsel. “These six lawyers, from four of our offices, have consistently provided outstanding service and...

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  • Buckley Sandler announces four counsel promotions for 2019

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 2, 2019) – Buckley Sandler LLP today announced the promotion of four associates to counsel, effective Jan. 1, 2019. “We are pleased to recognize these four outstanding attorneys who have consistently provided excellent service on behalf of our clients,” said Co-Managing...

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  • J.D., Washington University, 2010 (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif)
  • B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, 2002


  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

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