Patrick C. Dunican Jr.

Patrick C. Dunican Jr.

Chairman and Managing Director of the Firm
Director, Commercial & Criminal Litigation

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 nine consecutive years to NJBIZ’s “Power 100” list of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey business and was recently ranked #26 on the 2017 PolitickerNJ Power List of the 100 most prominent people in New Jersey politics. Also in 2017, he was selected by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the state’s “Distinguished Leaders” in the legal industry and a “Professional Lawyer of the Year” by the Essex County Bar Association and the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law.

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, joining the AmLaw 200 in 2007, the same year Mr. Dunican was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, for his work building and leading a dynamic and growing professional services company. 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. In addition, Law360 has featured Gibbons as a “New Jersey Powerhouse” every year the series has run.

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.

In addition, Mr. Dunican was recently featured by The Irish Voice in its 2017 “Irish Education 100” list of the country’s most influential professionals of Irish descent involved in higher education. He serves on the Board of Legal Trustees of Iona College as a member of the Board of Trustees Executive Committee, Committee on Trustees/Governance, and Academic Committee. He also chairs the Audit Compliance and Risk Committee. Mr. Dunican additionally works with Seton Hall University School of Law, serving as immediate past Chair of its Board of Visitors and Co-Chair of its Strategic Planning Committee. He previously co-chaired the Seton Hall Law Rising fundraising campaign, which exceeded its $25 million goal. Mr. Dunican has been honored as a distinguished alumnus by both Iona College and Seton Hall Law. He is a trustee of the Independent College Fund of New Jersey.

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:

  • 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.

Credentials

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 Admissions

State of New Jersey

State of New York

District of Columbia

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

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, 2013-2016
Vice Chair, 2009-2013

Iona College Board of Legal Trustees
Trustee, 2013 – present

Independent College Fund of New Jersey
Trustee, 2017 – present

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Board of Directors
Council of Trustees

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

Judicial Clerkship(s)

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