Gibbons Hires Second Intellectual Property Apprentice

November 23, 2011
Jillian A. Centanni has joined Gibbons P.C. as an Apprentice in the firm's Intellectual Property Department. Ms. Centanni is the second participant in the firm's Apprenticeship Program, which Gibbons launched in 2010 to help maximize the value of its legal and client services while also providing a solid training ground for new attorneys. John J. Cahill, Jr., the firm's first Apprentice, was recently promoted to an Associate position in the Intellectual Property Department after a one-year apprenticeship.

Ms. Centanni has a diverse background in engineering and business, having earned both a BSE in chemical engineering and an MBA with concentrations in management science and financial markets. She had previously been a process engineering intern for Lockwood Greene Consultants & Engineers (CH2M Hill). She also recently worked as a senior valuation analyst for a boutique IP valuation firm, where she valued portfolios of patents using Excel modeling. Ms. Centanni's business experience includes a financial analyst position with Scouler & Company in Chicago, where she analyzed the performance of companies with assets exceeding $50 million and identified corporate restructuring opportunities.

Ms. Centanni recently completed a legal externship with the Honorable Robert Kugler of the U.S. District Court in Camden. She had previously been a legal intern for the Honorable Karen Suter, Presiding Civil Court Judge for the Burlington Vicinage. She received her JD from Rutgers University School of Law - Camden and is a member of the American Intellectual Property Association, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. She is registered to practice in front of the United States Patent & Trademark Office and admitted to practice in New Jersey.

As the Intellectual Property Department Apprentice, Ms. Centanni will be exposed to the day-to-day responsibilities of law firm junior associates and trained in a "real world" law firm environment. She will also "shadow" attorneys throughout the IP Department, at the firm, in court, and, when appropriate, at client meetings. Through the Gibbons Apprenticeship Program, Ms. Centanni will help the firm provide clients the most cost-effective legal services while also developing professionally.