Gibbons Attorney Javier Diaz Among New Jersey Law Journal’s New Leaders of the Bar


June 16, 2016

The New Jersey Law Journal has selected Javier D. Diaz, an associate in the Government Affairs Department at Gibbons P.C., as one of its 2016 “New Leaders of the Bar.” Mr. Diaz was featured in New Jersey Law Journal’s June 6 edition, and was also honored at last evening’s Professional Excellence Awards Dinner.

To be selected for the “New Leaders of the Bar” feature, rising legal stars under the age of 40 had to demonstrate distinct practice niches, leadership qualities, and a commitment to pro bono and charitable work. According to the publication, the caliber of the 47 lawyers chosen “demonstrated the depth of legal talent in New Jersey and seemed to indicate that the future of the state’s legal community is very bright.”

“Since his arrival earlier this year, Javier has utilized his extensive government experience to position himself as a trusted advisor to clients and is a great addition to the Government Affairs Department,” said Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons. “We look forward to Javier’s future as he continues to advance in his career.”

At Gibbons, Mr. Diaz provides state and federal legislative, regulatory, corporate communications/public affairs, and business incentive/procurement counseling to clients in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining Gibbons, Mr. Diaz served as Assistant Counsel to the Office of the Governor, State of New Jersey concentrating on economic development and Treasury matters, with a particular focus on tax incentives and business development. He led the consolidation of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. He also oversaw Military and Veterans’ Affairs for the Office of the Governor, serving as the principal architect of the Governor’s initiative to save the Vets4Warriors program and working with the Department of Health to develop a $5.5 million grant program to address veterans’ health issues.

From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Diaz was a member of the United States Marine Corps’ 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, Marine Corps Recruit Depot-West, and 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Anti-Terrorism). He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, and the National Defense Service Medal, and his unit received the Department of State Superior Honor Award during a deployment to Afghanistan shortly after 9/11.

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