Buck Dougherty is a Senior Attorney at the Liberty Justice Center, where he litigates in trial and appellate courts on behalf of everyday citizens, in order to protect their civil liberties and preserve their constitutional rights. Buck has served as lead counsel on some high-profile First Amendment cases, including representing a former NFL player turned high school football coach in a free speech retaliation case, as well as representing individuals in libel and defamation lawsuits against media conglomerates and Big Tech organizations. In these defamation cases, he has argued that applicable state and federal statutes that impact individuals’ freedom of speech are unconstitutional, including challenging the constitutionality of Tennessee’s Anti-SLAPP statute and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the controversial statute that immunizes Big Tech and social media platforms from civil liability.
In 2020, America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators selected Buck as one of its top litigators in Tennessee. To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated a matter for either plaintiff or defendant, with at least $2 million in alleged damages or with the fate of a business worth at least $2 million at stake (bet-the-company-litigation).
Before joining LJC, he was a litigator in private practice as a partner or shareholder in various law firms, including an Am Law 100 firm.
Buck holds a B.S. from the University of Tampa, where he was a member of the 1987 NCAA Div. II Final Four soccer team. He earned his J.D. from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, where he was selected to The Order of Barristers, a national honor society for law school graduates who demonstrate exceptional skill in trial advocacy, oral advocacy, and brief writing.
When he’s not litigating constitutional cases in court, he enjoys playing golf, hiking, reading, writing, and hanging out with his three sons, Will, Jack, and George.
Buck is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the federal district courts of Tennessee.
Contact Buck at [email protected].