1926: The Early Years of the Firm
The firm was founded by Andrew Crummy, who was born in 1895 and grew up in Newark, New Jersey. After serving as a radio operator in the United States Navy during World War I he worked while also attending New York University as an undergraduate, majoring in accounting. After graduating he became a C.P.A. and began working as an Internal Revenue Service agent.
Soon after, he attended Harvard Law School, and upon graduation returned to his roots in New Jersey to practice law. In 1926, he joined with Adam Rossbach and co-founded Rossbach & Crummy in Newark, New Jersey. When Rossbach passed away in the mid-1930s, Andrew Crummy practiced alone in the areas of taxation, corporate governance and corporate reorganizations, and later gained considerable attention as counsel for a legislative committee that investigated improprieties in the savings and loan industry.
During World War II, Andrew Crummy worked on legal matters for the Manhattan Project, where he met Colonel William Consodine, who was serving as the project’s general counsel. When Consodine left the military in late 1945, the two became partners, and Crummy & Consodine was formed.
1950: John Gibbons Joins the Firm
In 1950, John J. Gibbons
joined the firm as an attorney after earning his J.D. from Harvard Law School. After several years with the firm, he was named a partner and the firm’s name changed to Crummy, Consodine & Gibbons.
1960-1980: The Firm Grows
The firm grew in the coming years with the addition of attorneys who would help define the future of the firm. In 1960, John (Chuck) Dolan joined the firm, following his separation from the Marine Corps and the completion of his LL.B. from Fordham University. The following year, Ralph Del Deo joined the firm, having earned his LL.B. from the Rutgers University School of Law and having been an active trial attorney in private practice.
In 1965, Michael Griffinger
and Frank Vecchione
joined the firm as associates. Michael Griffinger had earned his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law and his M.B.A. from the Columbia School of Business. Frank Vecchione had earned his J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law.
In 1967, John Gibbons became President of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and also a member of the Governor’s Commission on Civil Disorders. This period was a difficult time for the city of Newark. In the summer of 1967, an incident sparked a civil disturbance that led to a period of six days of riots, looting, violence and destruction. The Newark Riots ultimately left 23 people dead, 725 people injured, and close to 1,500 arrested. The firm’s attorneys answered a call for help and delivered cars full of lawyers to the courthouses to assist in processing bail applications for the arrested individuals to clear overcrowded jails. The firm’s attorneys subsequently were called upon to represent many of those arrested pro bono
In the years that followed John Gibbons left the firm to become a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the firm became known as Crummy, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione. In 1981, Andrew Crummy passed away, however the firm’s legacy was strong as it continued to grow and provide quality legal services to a variety of clients.
1990: John Gibbons Returns; Fellowship Founded
John Gibbons rejoined the firm in 1990, after concluding 20 years of service on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, where he served as the Chief Judge and authored more than 800 published opinions. Soon afterwards, the firm changed its name to Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, in tribute to his contribution to the legal field and the firm.
Part of the reason for John Gibbons’ return was the creation of the John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest & Constitutional Law
, which formalized the firm’s ongoing commitment to pro bono
causes. Today, the Fellowship is guided by John Gibbons and Lawrence Lustberg
(the first Fellow in this program) who direct two full-time attorneys devoted solely to pro bono
issues. The Gibbons Fellows, together with the law firm, undertake public interest and constitutional law projects and litigation, and the Fellowship has been and remains involved in the most significant and controversial issues that confront the Federal and State courts.
1997: Founding of the Women’s Initiative
Gibbons has created a unique networking, mentoring and business development tool from the ground up -- the Gibbons Women’s Initiative
. This is an important platform for new and seasoned women attorneys within the firm to participate side-by-side with colleagues from other practice areas and offices of the firm, clients and high-level representatives from business and academia in creating quality educational and social programs. The collaboration improves knowledge, fosters teamwork, and promotes the role of women in business. Today the Initiative has grown into a highly respected organization with over 60 women within the firm actively working on its programs, and more than 2,000 invited women participants in total.
1997-2002: New York Office Opens, Expands
The firm opened its New York office
in 1997, providing clients with a full range of legal services in a second location in the region. In the following years, the office grew to more than 40 lawyers through the acquisition of experienced New York attorneys. In 2002, the firm relocated its New York office to One Pennsylvania Plaza to accommodate its growth and future expansion.
2002: Opening of Trenton Office
The firm opened its Trenton office
and introduced its Government Affairs Department
in 2002. Responding to the needs of the firm’s clients, the firm’s lawyer-lobbyists provide substantial legal, policy and government affairs assistance for clients in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
2004: Firm Passes Management Roles to Next Generation
By the start of 2004, the firm had moved to a corporate management model, and had passed the torch of leadership to the next generation
. Patrick C. Dunican Jr.
began as Managing Director of the firm at the age of 37, leading the firm’s 159 lawyers who were based in offices in Newark and Trenton, New Jersey, and New York, New York.
2005-2006: Gibbons Opens Philadelphia Office; Acquires Hecker Brown Firm
In May of 2005, the firm opened its Philadelphia office
and in January 2006 the firm expanded this office with the addition of 25 attorneys from Hecker Brown Sherry and Johnson, a prominent Philadelphia civil litigation boutique founded by Andrew Hecker in 1979. This expansion into Philadelphia brought the number of firm offices to four, and enhanced the firm’s ability to serve clients from offices throughout the region.
2007: Gibbons Shortens its Name and Moves Headquarters
2007: Gibbons Endows Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology
Gibbons endowed $1 million to the Seton Hall University School of Law to establish the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology
. This gift, which is among the largest donations to a law school by a New Jersey law firm, will provide funding to assist the law school in educating and training the next generation of attorneys in the technology and scientific communities. David E. De Lorenzi
, Chair of the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department
, serves as Chair of the Gibbons Institute.
2007: Gibbons Joins Am Law 200
For the first time in its 81-year history, Gibbons has joined the Am Law 200, a prestigious list of the nation’s leading law firms that is published annually by The American Lawyer. The Am Law 200 is based on gross revenues and other data, which is provided by law firms throughout the nation and then investigated by reporters at American Lawyer Media’s publications throughout the United States.
2007: Gibbons Named One of the Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother
Working Mother Magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers named Gibbons among the “Best Law Firms for Women” in their inaugural survey. This list included only 50 firms nationwide who are considered the leaders in advancing women in the law.
2007: Gibbons Opens Office in Wilmington, Delaware, Expanding Regional Presence
Gibbons announced the opening of its new office in Wilmington, Delaware
, which will focus on Business & Commercial Litigation, Products Liability and Financial Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights matters, and will eventually expand to become a full-service office.
2007: Advancing Diversity at the Firm and Throughout the Legal Profession
Gibbons appointed its first Chief Diversity Officer
and further expanded its Diversity Initiative in 2007. The firm’s commitment to diversity has already earned it ranking among the leading law firms nationwide by such publications as the Minority Law Journal
and MultiCultural Law
2008: Named One of the Best Places to Work in America
Gibbons was the only New Jersey-based company to make the 2008 list of the top “25 Best Medium-Size Companies to Work for in America
,” which is compiled by the Society for Human Resources Management and the Great Place to Work Institute, the same organization that produces the FORTUNE
“100 Best Companies to Work For” list. The firm has also earned regional honors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for being among the “Best Places to Work.”
2008: Gibbons Named Corporate Citizen of the Year by NJBIZ
In recognition of its commitment to “Doing Good While Doing Well,” Gibbons was named Corporate Citizen of the Year by NJBIZ
. Gibbons was honored for such programs as Gibbons Cares, its community outreach efforts through which the firm donates more than $1 million annually; the John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest and Constitutional Law, which delivers significant pro bono
public interest legal services tackling major public interest issues; and the Gibbons Experience, the firm’s generous benefits program.
2009: Gibbons Defines its Vision
Gibbons continues to define its vision as a firm focused on doing all legal work for mid-market companies and middle market deals for large corporations. This focus earned Gibbons a place on The National Law Journal
’s inaugural “Midsize Hot List
,” which recognized 20 law firms nationwide with fewer than 300 lawyers that have found innovative ways to position themselves.
2009: Gibbons Earns the Catalyst Award for Advancing Women
In recognition of the firm’s outstanding Women’s Initiative, Gibbons became only the third law firm ever to receive the international Catalyst Award
, the preeminent corporate honor for the advancement of women in the workplace.
2009: Gibbons Ranked Top Lawyer-Lobbying Firm in New Jersey
Gibbons earned the #1 position on the New Jersey Law Journal’s annual rankings of the state’s top lawyer-lobbying firms, just six years after launching its lobbying practice. Gibbons increased its lobbying revenues dramatically in 2008, and the Government Affairs practice also relocated to offices in the heart of the state capital in Trenton.
2009: Gibbons Ranks Among Top Law Firms for Associate Satisfaction and Technology
Gibbons earned placement as the highest ranked New Jersey-headquartered firm on The American Lawyer’s Associate Survey of midlevel associate satisfaction and technology at law firms nationwide. Gibbons ranked 16th nationally, and 6th among the Am Law Second Hundred firms, for associate satisfaction, and 2nd among all law firms nationwide for technology.
2010: Firm’s Management Recognized for Leadership
Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons, is highlighted by Law360
as one of the nation’s most innovative law firm managing partners, and is named to NJBIZ
magazine’s first-ever “Power 100” list of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey business. Since his election to Managing Director in 2004, he has led the growth of the firm into a major Mid-Atlantic regional powerhouse - increasing the firm’s revenues by 57% and profits by 138%, while organically growing the firm by 70 lawyers.
2010-2011: Gibbons Expands Wilmington Practice
The firm has expanded its Delaware office with the arrival of Andrew G.T. Moore II
, Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware (Retired), who will serve as the office’s Administrative Director. Christopher Viceconte
also joined the office as a Director in the Business & Commercial Litigation Department, and Natasha Songonuga
, an associate in the firm’s Financial Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights Department, has moved her practice to Wilmington.
2011: Gibbons Launches Logo to Celebrate 85th Anniversary
Gibbons proudly launched a special logo celebrating “85 Years of Excellence
,” which will be used on all of the firm’s print and electronic communications throughout 2011 to mark the firm’s 85th anniversary. This logo commemorates the legacy of excellence that made it possible for Gibbons to transform into a 21st century law firm.
2012-2013: Reaching New Heights in Pro Bono Work
These two years set a new standard for pro bono activity at Gibbons. A full 75 percent of Gibbons attorneys participated in Pro Bono Institute approved activities, with our most recent full-year pro bono hours totaling 13,419 hours (or about $4.5 million worth of time). Numerous organizations have recognized Gibbons for our commitment to the community. In its most recent pro bono survey, The American Lawyer ranked Gibbons 64th for pro bono work among AmLaw 200 firms; Gibbons ranked above more than 130 larger firms. Volunteer Lawyers for Justice bestowed on the firm a 2013 Pro Bono Service Award for our post-Hurricane Sandy work, and the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) selected Gibbons to receive one of its 2012 Pro Bono Awards. Law360 named Gibbons one of its “Pro Bono Firms of 2012” in its third annual listing of the nation’s top law firm pro bono programs. Half of the firms on this list were among the largest 30 law firms in the nation.
2013: A Year of Litigation Achievement
In 2013, virtually every peer-review publication that evaluates and rates litigation attorneys showered accolades on the Gibbons Commercial & Criminal Litigation (CCL) Department. For example, in just one calendar year, the team was chosen by New Jersey Law Journal as the “Commercial Litigation Practice of the Year”; by Benchmark Litigation as the “New Jersey Firm of the Year”; and by Super Lawyers as one of the “50 Litigation Firms You Should Know About.” In addition, the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business once again ranked Gibbons as one of the state’s top-tier litigation practices, and more than 40 percent of our CCL attorneys were listed in the 2013 editions of Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, or Super Lawyers Rising Stars.
2013: The Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Strengthening Our Commitment to Our City and Heritage
Reflecting the firm’s pride in its Irish heritage and culture, as well as its longtime embrace of St. Patrick’s Day as an unofficial firm holiday, Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons, was elected to serve as the Grand Marshal of the 78th annual Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 15, 2013. Mr. Dunican led a full-day celebration, beginning with an Investiture Mass at St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, followed by an Irish brunch at Gibbons. After brunch, the Grandstand Ceremony began with the American and Irish national anthems and dedications to the Grand Marshal and Deputy Grand Marshal. The parade stepped off from the Prudential Center and ended at Washington Park. Marching along with Mr. Dunican was a strong Gibbons contingent and an impressive group of business and civic leaders from Newark and throughout the state. The day concluded with a celebration at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where guests were treated to an Irish buffet and entertainment by Celtic Cross.
Historically, the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade raises money for area charities, but this year’s event raised the most in its 78-year history, donating to 15 estimable organizations based in and around Newark, NJ.
2014: Broad Recognition for Our Practice and Service
Building on the achievements of prior years, Gibbons in 2014 has been honored for its firm-wide practice, litigation and transactional breadth and depth, individual attorney accomplishments, and community service. The New Jersey Law Journal named Gibbons the “General Litigation Practice of the Year,” highlighting the firm’s multidisciplinary litigation strength, while Law360 selected Gibbons as a “Regional Powerhouse,” based on a number of high-profile corporate transactions in the public and private sectors, as well as major litigations throughout the region. The Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers continue to highlight the firm and scores of its practice areas and attorneys.
In 2014, The American Lawyer ranked Gibbons 44th among the AmLaw 200 for pro bono work - an improvement of 19 slots over last year's ranking of 63rd - while the Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey honored the firm for its "Impactful Good Works." The Women in Law Empowerment Forum has award Gibbons its Gold Standard Certification for every year of the program, just as Working Mother magazine has named Gibbons one of the country's "Best Law Firms for Women" every year the list has been published. The firm ranked the #9 large company in the NJBIZ "Best Places to Work in New Jersey" awards program and was a finalist for a "Best Practices" award from the Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey, for the Gibbons Diversity Initiative's "GDI-123" supplier diversity program.
Numerous Gibbons attorneys have been recognized individually as well. Two associates were named among the New Jersey Law Journal's "New Leaders of the Bar," while another was selected for The Legal Intelligencer's "Lawyers on the Fast Track" and a firm director made the NJBIZ "40 Under 40" list. Human Resource Executive magazine named one of our directors one of the top employment lawyers in the country, and Intellectual Asset Management listed two of our directors among its international "Patent 1000." Profiles in Diversity Journal selected a firm director among its "Women Worth Watching." The Star Ledger Inside Jersey supplement included a Gibbons director in its "100+ Club" compilation of the most influential people in New Jersey, while two Gibbons directors were named to the NJBIZ "Power 100" list of the most powerful people in New Jersey business.
Today: Where Gibbons is Now
With more than 200 attorneys, Gibbons is a leading law firm in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, ranked among the nation’s top 200 by The American Lawyer. Gibbons has been recognized nationally for its work – as, for example, one of only 20 law firms on the National Law Journal’s inaugural “Midsize Hot List” – as well as regionally. The New Jersey Law Journal has awarded Gibbons a “Litigation Practice of the Year” designation four times in recent years, in the class actions, products liability, and commercial litigation categories and with the overall “General Litigation Practice of the Year” honor. Law360 has also highlighted the firm’s multidisciplinary litigation strength, and its contributions to several high-profile corporate transactions in the public and private sectors, in its “Regional Powerhouse” series. The firm has been certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at the Great Place to Work® organization.