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Upon arriving in Las Vegas during the 1970's, James L. "Bucky" Buchanan's vision was to lay the groundwork and foundation for a criminal practice that would later become a staple as one of the oldest and most respected legal names in the state of Nevada. During his 40 years running Buchanan Law Offices, Bucky represented thousands of clients from the rich and the famous to those without a dime to their names. Regardless of who he was serving, though, he applied the same standard of vigorous criminal defense. 


After his passing in 2009, Bucky’s legacy and vision carried onto his son Jack, who continues to run the firm while upholding that same standard of excellence. 


Jack E. Buchanan, a graduate of both Bishop Gorman High School and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was born and raised in the city of sin. He ventured out of the city only for Law School, where he graduated Cum Laude at Thomas Jefferson in San Diego, and was never more than a four-hour car ride from his home and future practice. 


Since being handed down the reigns, Jack has represented countless individuals charged with crimes ranging everywhere from minor traffic violations to murder, all the while maintaining the same passion and sense of tradition instilled in him so many years ago.

James L. "Bucky" Buchanan behind his desk at Buchanan Law Offices


Jack Buchanan and client Roger Mayweather at his arraignment 

Buchanan and client Benjamin Hawkins discuss witness tesimony during trial

Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Buchanan has been protecting the rights of the accused since 2009, when he graduated Cum Laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He has dedicated his practice solely to criminal law matters, defending hundreds of Las Vegans as well as tourists of Las Vegas.


From your initial consultation to the conclusion of your case, Mr. Buchanan is the only attorney you will discuss your case with and whom appears next to you in Court.  No associates, no paralegals. Similar to his father, the practice continues to pride itself on attention and openness.  These values are reflected in the care and pride Mr. Buchanan can focus towards your individual case, rather than passing it off to a disinterested associate.


A Las Vegas Native through and through, Mr. Buchanan cares about the needs of every single person, no matter the charge, and for that Buchanan Defense Law continues to live on, and will continue to establish its mark as one of the premier criminal law practices in the State of Nevada.  




  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude

  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas,  Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

  • Bishop Gorman High School, Las Vegas Nevada.




  • Nevada

  • United States District Court, District of Nevada (Federal Court)



  • Clark County Justice Court

  • 8th Judicial District Court

  • Las Vegas Municipal Court

  • North Las Vegas Justice/Municipal Court

  • City of Henderson Justice/Municipal Court

  • Outerlying criminal courts including by not limited to Nye County, Laughlin, Goodsprings, Alamo, Pioche

  • Nevada State Parole Board

  • Nevada Gaming Control Board

  • Nevada Gaming Commission

  • Nevada State Massage Board

  • Nevada Real Estate Commission

  • Clark County School District Expulsion Board

  • Clark County Business Licensing Revocation Board

  • Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners




  • Named one of "Top Lawyers and Law Firms in Las Vegas" by MyVegas Magazine (2013)

  • Recognized by SuperLawyers as one of the top firms in Nevada.

  • Recipient of multiple AMJUR and CALI Awards for excellence in Law School Courses




  • Member of the Rebel Athletic Fund

  • Lifelong supporter of UNLV athletics

  • Former Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Kathy Hardcastle

  • Former UNLV CSUN Judicial Council, Justice 

  • Avid Skier and Golfer

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