Overview

Mr. Dunican is a nationally recognized law firm leader who was highlighted in 2010 by Law360 as one of the nation’s most innovative law firm managing partners. Mr. Dunican has been named for four consecutive years to NJBIZ’s “Power 100” list of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey business. In 2007, he was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, for his work building and leading a dynamic and growing professional services company.

In 2004, at the age of 36, Mr. Dunican was elected Managing Director of Gibbons. Since that time, he has led the growth of the firm into a major Mid-Atlantic regional powerhouse by establishing a corporate management model and defining the firm’s future by achieving significant overhead cost reductions.

Under his leadership, Gibbons has realized significant growth propelling the firm into the AmLaw 200 in 2007. Two years later, Gibbons was one of only 20 firms nationwide to be named to The National Law Journal’s inaugural “Midsize Hot List” which recognized firms with fewer than 300 lawyers that have found innovative ways to position themselves.

A litigation attorney, Mr. Dunican is listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers for business litigation and as one of the top 100 attorneys in New Jersey. He is listed in Best Lawyers® for commercial litigation, has been named in New York Super Lawyers for business litigation, is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and was named to “40 under 40” lists in both NJBIZ and the New Jersey Law Journal.

Mr. Dunican serves as the Chair of Seton Hall Law’s Board of Visitors and the Chair of the Board of Visitors’ Strategic Planning Committee. For his work as Co-Chair of the Seton Hall Law Rising Campaign, he was named the Law School’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2011. He also serves on the Iona College Board of Legal Trustees, and was honored with the college’s Legacy Award in 2013.

In 2013, he served as the Grand Marshal of the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade, raising more money for more charities than ever before in the parade’s 78 year history. Mr. Dunican is also a founding member of the Irish American Bar Association of New Jersey and is on the Board of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the President’s Council of Valley Hospital Foundation.

His focus on marketing and branding initiatives has earned Gibbons a place as the only law firm featured in Steve Adubato’s book - You are the Brand.

Under his leadership the firm has also achieved recognition for:

  • Advancing women in the law - ranked one of the country’s Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother every year since its inception
  • Corporate giving - named “Corporate Citizen of the Year” for “Gibbons Cares,” the firm’s corporate giving program, NJBIZ (2008)
  • Technology - ranked 2nd nationwide for technology program and among the top five firms for quality of technology support, American Lawyer (2010)
  • Innovative women’s programs - earned the Catalyst Award (only the third law firm to ever earn this prestigious award) (2009)
  • Diversity - appointed the firm’s first Chief Diversity Officer, expanded its Diversity Initiative to include a Supplier Diversity component, an innovation for law firms, and ranked nationally by the Minority Law Journal and MultiCultural Law

Mr. Dunican has focused on training, retaining and attracting talented attorneys and employees by working closely with his management team to develop policies and procedures to ensure that the firm is “Doing Good While Doing Well.” This includes offering the “Gibbons Experience,” an extensive and generous benefits package to all employees, donating more than $1 million annually to worthy organizations through “Gibbons Cares,” developing the firm’s internal training and mentoring programs for attorneys - the “Gibbons Academy” and “Gibbons Leadership Academy,” and founding the firm’s sustainability and environmental program - “Gibbons Goes Green.” He has also focused on continuing and building upon the firm’s existing Women’s and Diversity Initiatives.

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., cum laude)
    • Editor-in-Chief, Seton Hall Law Review, 1990-1991
  • Iona College (B.A.)

Professional Activities

New Jersey State Bar Foundation
Second Vice President, 2012-2014 
Treasurer, 2011-2012
Secretary, 2009-2011
Trustee, 2007-2009

Seton Hall University School of Law
Chair, Board of Visitors
Vice Chair, 2009-2013

Trustee, Iona College Board of Legal Trustees, 2013 - present

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Board of Directors
Council of Trustees

Valley Hospital Foundation
President’s Council

Irish American Bar Association
Founding Member

The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
Trustee 

Best Lawyers Advisory Board 

New York State Bar Association

Bar Association of the City of New York

American Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

Essex County Bar Association

Association of the Federal Bar for the District of New Jersey

American Bar Foundation
Fellow

Professional Admissions

  • State of New Jersey
  • State of New York
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Judicial Clerkship(s)

Law clerk to the Honorable Clarkson S. Fisher, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Publications & Features

HONORS & AWARDS

Named one of NJBIZ's "100 Most Powerful People in New Jersey Business," 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014

Listed in Best Lawyers®, Commercial Litigation

Selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list, Business Litigation
Top 100 attorney in New Jersey

Selected to the New York Super Lawyers list, Business Litigation 

Recipient, Vagelos Award for Corporate Commitment to the Arts, 2013

Recipient, Iona College Legacy Award, 2013

Named to the Irish Legal 100, 2011, 2012, 2013

Named the Distinguished Alumnus by Seton Hall University School of Law, 2011

Named one of "America's Most Innovative Managing Partners" by Law360, 2010

Recipient, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2007

Named one of NJBIZ's "40 Under 40"

Named one of New Jersey Law Journal's "40 Under 40", September 13, 2004

Distinguished Young Graduate, Seton Hall Law School Alumni Association, 2002

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