Anne Buckleitner

vCardIconSmAnne Buckleitner puts her more than 29 years of experience in government and law to work for clients in the areas of civil rights, employment issues, criminal defense, facilitative mediation and neutral workplace investigations. She litigates in both federal and state courts. Much of her work has involved causes of action brought through 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and under Titles VII and IX.

Anne aims to resolve disputes advantageously yet efficiently and she makes communication with her clients and peers a priority, as evidenced by her AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell.

She is particularly proud of favorable outcomes achieved for her civil rights clients, including an order for summary judgment for a Plaintiff against a school district that failed to train and supervise its employees. Anne also has overseen the successful introduction of a private bill in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to stay a client’s deportation, and recovered substantial reparations for wrongly convicted individuals.

Anne previously worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C., on national security matters. Her work there was recognized by the U.S. Director of Central Intelligence for its outstanding merit, and was awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement.  



Actual Innocence

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Business Planning

Civil Litigation

Criminal Defense


Bar Admissions:

Michigan, 1999

Maryland, 1987 – 1999


Court Admissions:

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals



Valparaiso University School of Law
Valparaiso, Ind.
J.D., 1986

Hope College
Holland, Mich.
B.A., composite major in history, English, and political science, cum laude, 1983


Awards and Honors:  

Martindale Hubbell rating – AV Preeminent for high ethics and professionalism, 2012 to the present.  

National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, awarded by the Director of Central Intelligence, 1992.


Professional Affiliations:

Federal Voluntary Facilitative Mediation Roster for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan;

State Bar of Michigan, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (Executive Committee member)


Community Participation:  

Hospice at Home Board (Executive Committee member), 2004 to present.

Lakeland Regional Health Board, 2015 to present.

Citizens Mediation Service (Executive Committee member), 2004 – 2014.



Checking Out Claims of Harassment
How To Investigate by the Book
by Anne Buckleitner
Business Law Today by the American Bar Association
Volume 11, Number 3 - January/February 2002



The Wasteful Case Against Ibrahim Parlak, The New Yorker

Michigan Restaurant Owner is No Terrorist, Chicago Sun-times

'You can't be bitter,' says man who spent 17 years wrongfully imprisoned for child rape, MLive

Forest Hills assault: Feds find district failed to properly investigate sex assault allegations involving student athlete, MLive