Four Gibbons Attorneys Named to the 2011 Irish Legal 100


October 11, 2011

Gibbons P.C. is pleased to congratulate Thomas J. Cafferty, Anthony P. Callaghan, Phillip J. Duffy, and Patrick C. Dunican Jr. for being named to the Irish Legal 100, a nationwide network of some of the most distinguished and accomplished men and women of Irish heritage in the legal profession.

Among the other 2011 Irish Legal 100 honorees are Bill Daley, Chief of Staff to the President of the United States; William T. (Bill) Robinson III, President of the American Bar Association; and John Sexton, President of New York University. The Irish Legal 100 will be recognized on October 13 at a reception to be held at the Washington, DC residence of the Irish Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Michael Collins.

Thomas J. Cafferty, Team Leader, Media Law
Mr. Cafferty has extensive experience in litigating and counseling First Amendment and media issues, representing clients with regard to cameras in the courtroom, invasion of privacy and defamation, crisis management, the Shield Law, the Open Public Meetings Act, and public notice. He has served as General Counsel for the New Jersey Press Association for over 30 years and has worked with some of the largest news organizations and newspapers throughout the state. Mr. Cafferty’s great grandfather emigrated from County Sligo.

Anthony P. Callaghan, Director, Business & Commercial Litigation
Mr.Callaghan focuses on complex commercial and banking litigation, including consumer FDCPA and FCRA disputes and class actions, consumer fraud matters, and contract disputes. Fully conversant with all aspects of New York and New Jersey state court procedures, Anthony served as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk and has predominant experience in the area of federal court litigation. He is listed in Super Lawyers for both New York and New Jersey. Mr. Callaghan is a founding member of the Irish American Bar Association of New Jersey, of which he currently serves as vice-president. He emigrated to the United States from Ireland in 1989, having grown up a native Irish speaker in Fanad, County Donegal.

Phillip J. Duffy, Director, Products Liability
Mr. Duffy is a member of the Laboratory Defense Team at Gibbons, part of the firm’s comprehensive products liability practice. He is also a founding member of the Gibbons E-Discovery Task Force, representing clients in this still-evolving area of law. Mr. Duffy is a nationally sought-after speaker and author on both laboratory defense and e-discovery topics. Mr. Duffy traces his roots on his father’s side to Aranmore, County Donegal. He is a member of the Irish American Bar Association of New Jersey.

 Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director
Mr. Dunican is a nationally recognized legal industry leader who was highlighted by Law360 in 2010 as one of the nation’s most innovative law firm managing partners. He has also been named one of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey business by NJBIZ and an “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young. He was elected Managing Director of Gibbons in 2004, at the age of 36. Under his leadership, Gibbons has grown into an Am Law 200 firm, with five offices in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Mr. Dunican’s four grandparents were born in Counties Sligo, Mayo, and Donegal. He is a member of the board of advisors of the Irish American Bar Association of New Jersey.

Gibbons is proud of the Irish heritage that has helped define the firm since its founding in 1926.