EWNJ Honors Karen Giannelli At 'Salute to the Policy Makers' 2012 Awards Dinner
May 22, 2012
Karen A. Giannelli, Chair of the Financial Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights Department of Gibbons P.C., was honored at the Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) Salute to the Policy Makers 2012 Awards Dinner on May 17, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick. Currently in its 32nd year, EWNJ holds the biennial fund-raising event to recognize women of professional distinction in New Jersey.
“Since its founding in 1980, EWNJ has championed the advancement of women to the most senior levels of international corporations, non profits, and public service firms. At this year’s ‘Salute to the Policy Makers’ event, we will celebrate the professional accomplishments of 36 exceptional New Jersey executives,” said EWNJ President-Elect and 2012 Salute Dinner Chair Keitha M. Lackey, who also serves as a Director for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.
Ms. Giannelli was selected on the basis of her leadership role at Gibbons; her commitment to the advancement of women in business and the law; and her many other professional achievements. In her 31 years of legal practice at Gibbons, she has advised numerous public and private companies and financial institutions throughout the country in the areas of financial restructuring, creditors’ rights, and financial services. As Chair of the Financial Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights Department, she manages a group of 13 lawyers and paraprofessionals in three states, overseeing both the legal and business sides of the department. Ms. Giannelli is listed in such peer-review publications such as Best Lawyers, Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and New Jersey Super Lawyers, which also listed her among the state’s 50 leading female attorneys.
As an integral member of firm management, Ms. Giannelli is both a mentor and role model to women lawyers. She was one of the founding members of the Gibbons Women’s Initiative, which serves to develop young women professionals and extends opportunities for mentoring and networking throughout the firm and professional community. She also was a founding member and the first president of the Women in Federal Practice in New Jersey Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of women lawyers in federal court practice. She serves on the Board of the New Jersey Chapter of Turnaround Management Association and was the chapter’s first female president. She was also the first woman elected Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Law Section and has the distinction of being the first woman attorney from New Jersey to be elected into the American College of Bankruptcy.