Adair Melinsky Buckner

Adair Melinsky Buckner

Adair M. Buckner, Attorney at Law
  • Employment Law, Estate Planning, Probate...
  • Texas
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Summary

Adair Buckner’s primary practice involves representing employers in labor and employment matters in Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle. Adair has been Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of Texas since 1996. Her experience includes defending employers on charges and in trial for discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, family medical leave, wrongful discharge, non-compete, and other employment matters in both federal and state courts, as well as in mediation and before other governmental agencies. She routinely represents employers in a wide variety of matters, including claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other federal and state laws governing employers. In addition to litigation matters, much of Adair’s practice is dedicated to assisting employers in avoiding legal problems in employment matters by developing employment policies, employee handbooks, and counseling employers on compliance with a broad range of state and federal employment laws and regulations and educating management on best practices for avoiding disputes arising in the employer/employee relationship and with preventive training for both management and hourly employees. She also routinely advises employers on hiring, discipline and termination, severance and reduction-in-force matters, and assists in day-to-day planning and decision-making, discrimination and harassment investigations, employment contracts, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, reductions-in-force, and alternatives to reductions-in-force. Adair has received the highest possible attorney rating from Martindale-Hubbell: AV-Preeminent. Adair is a highly-regarded speaker on issues in employment law, regularly addressing various human resource groups and management-level employees.

Education
Texas Tech School of Law
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Honors: With High Honors
Activities: Comments Editor, Texas Tech Law Review, Order of the Coif
Professional Experience
Owner
Adair M. Buckner, Attorney at Law
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Partner
Buckner & Cross, L.L.P.
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Substantial practice on employer's side in employment law--consultation, policy and procedure drafting, responding to charges and investigations, and litigation. Estate planning and probate and business law.
Director/Shareholder
Buckner & Cross, P.C.
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Substantial practice on employer's side in employment law--consultation, policy and procedure drafting, responding to charges and investigations, and litigation. Estate planning and probate and business law.
Attorney
Brown & Fortunato, P.C.
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Substantial practice on employer's side in employment law--consultation, policy and procedure drafting, responding to charges and investigations, and litigation. Estate planning and probate and business law.
Partner
Buckner, Lara & Swindell. L.L.P.
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Substantial practice on employer's side in employment law--consultation, policy and procedure drafting, responding to charges and investigations, and litigation. Estate planning and probate and business law.
Sole Practicioner
Adair Buckner, Attorney
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Partner
Whittenburg Law Firm
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Certifications
Labor and Employment Law
Texas State Bar
Awards
Career Achievement Award
Amarillo Women's Network
Professional Associations
Amarillo Area Bar Foundation
Director
- Current
Panhandle Human Resources Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Former president and current board member; prepares monthly legal notes for newsletter
Labor and Employment Law Section, Texas State Bar
Member
- Current
Texas State Bar # 03307800
Member
- Current
Amarillo Symphony Orchestra Board
Member, Officer
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Chamber Music Amarillo
Member, former officer
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Panhandle Workforce Development Commission
member, former chair
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Amarillo Bar Association
President
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Leadership Texas
Class member
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Leadership Amarillo
Class Member, former board member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Texas
5th Circuit
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Law
Languages
  • English
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Blog
Adair M. Buckner - Legal Blog
Videos
Why Do You Need Estate Planning?

By setting up your Estate Planning with an attorney today, you will be saving your friends and family time, money & heartbreak later on. Make the hard decisions now so they aren't left up to the state later.

Dangers Of Calling An Employee An Independent Contractor - Employment Law Tips 3

Classifying an employee as an independent contractor may seem like a good idea at first. After all, your company will save money on employee benefits, overtime pay and taxes. But if you get caught misclassifying your employee as an independent contractor, and you eventually will, the amount of time, hassle and trouble you incur will far outweigh the initial benefits.

Avoid These Employment Law Mistakes - Part Two

An employee handbook should be a top legal priority for every employer. Learn how this important document can save you time, money and hassle down the road.

One of The Top Employment Mistakes is Falsely Classifying Your Employees

As an experienced employment law attorney, Adair Buckner has seen plenty of mistakes made by Texas employers. One of the most common mistakes is falsely classifying your employees as either salary employees or contract workers when they should actually be an hourly employee. Saving money now on employee payroll may cost your company big time in the long run. It is always better to do things correctly the first time around.

Top 4 Reasons You Should Consider Developing a Living Trust

Adair Buckner, Amarillo Estate Planning Attorney, reviews the top four reasons a family or individual should develop a living trust. 1. Own real estate or mineral interest in several different states or counties. 2. Own mineral interest in a number of different counties within Texas. 3. Have a large estate(s), $5 million per person or more. 4. Have a special business or property ownership interest.

The Importance of Estate Planning When Multiple Marriages & Step Families Exist

When second or third marriages exist & step families are involved, it is extremely important that you create and establish your estate plan before it is too late. If you do not identify exactly how you wish for your estate to be distributed, the state will take the matter into it's own hands - which is not how most families wish to distribute their estate.

What To Consider When Creating Your Estate Plan

The key elements of an estate plan include: Will with possible trusts, statutory durable power of attorney, medical power of attorney and living will.

Contact & Map
new office
301 S. Polk
Suite 422
Amarillo, TX 79101
USA
Telephone: (806) 220-0150