Four Gibbons Attorneys Featured on ROI-NJ’s Third Annual “Influencers Power List”


February 27, 2020

ROI-NJ, a weekly newspaper covering business in New Jersey, has named four Gibbons attorneys to its third annual “Influencers Power List” of the professionals with the greatest influence on business in the state. The list ranks New Jersey’s top 30 influencers by number, then features a select group of influential professionals in various fields. Gibbons attorneys have been featured on this list every year it has been published. The firm also has more attorneys on the 2020 list than does any other law firm in New Jersey.

Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of the firm, is one of 19 people on the “Lawyers” list. The publication notes:

Oversees what many feel is the state’s most powerful firm. Client list is a who’s who of business and political leaders. Dunican’s deft handling makes him one of the most respected leaders in the sector.

Mr. Dunican has been featured on this list every year it has been published. He is also consistently ranked on the PolitickerNJ “Power List” of the 100 most prominent and connected people in New Jersey politics and has been named for ten consecutive years among the NJBIZ “Power 100” list of the most powerful people in New Jersey business.

Frank T. Cannone, Chair of the Gibbons Corporate Department, makes his debut on the “Lawyers” list this year. ROI-NJ writes of Mr. Cannone:

Cannone is the chair of the Corporate Department at Gibbons, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, early stage and emerging companies and corporate and securities law. He is a member of the firm’s executive committee.

Under Mr. Cannone’s leadership, the Gibbons Corporate Department has become known for its complex and sophisticated transactions and strong capital markets-based approach to corporate practice, which makes it unique among New Jersey headquartered firms. As a result, Gibbons was the only New Jersey headquartered firm to be ranked on the DOW JONES Private Equity Analyst lists of “Most Active Law Firms” in the nation in private equity transactions. Mr. Cannone has been personally selected to leading industry publications such as Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and New Jersey Super Lawyers.

Appearing on the list of most influential “Government Affairs” professionals for the second consecutive year is Christine A. Stearns, Director in the firm’s Government & Regulatory Affairs Department and Administrative Director of the Trenton office. Previously selected to the NJBIZ “Health Care Power List” for several years and included on NJ Spotlight’s list of “Top 10 Healthcare Lobbyists in New Jersey,” Ms. Stearns has also been named a “Top Policy Expert” on the ROI-NJ “Health Care Influencers” list in 2018 and 2019. On this year’s “Influencers Power List,” ROI-NJ notes:

Yet another big name with plenty of experience in Trenton and government affairs, she deftly handles the needs of clients at Gibbons, one of the top government affairs groups in the state.

William J. Palatucci, Special Counsel in the Gibbons Corporate Department, is the only law firm attorney to be included on the “Consultants” list. He has previously appeared on power lists published by NJBIZ and PolitickerNJ and has been selected to the ROI-NJ Influencers list since its inception. Of Mr. Palatucci, ROI-NJ writes this year:

If you’re a Republican looking to gain office in very blue New Jersey, Palatucci is one of the first people you call. It’s always an uphill fight, but one he is always willing and eager to take on.

To compile the “Influencers Power List,” ROI-NJ editors spoke to many connected sources over several months to highlight the high-level officials in the state, county, and federal governments, as well as executives from some of New Jersey’s largest employers and organizations, who most help to strengthen New Jersey businesses.

The lists featuring Gibbons attorneys can be found by category via the following links:

Government Affairs

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