Gibbons Chairman and Managing Director Honored with Judge Learned Hand Award


November 4, 2016

The American Jewish Committee’s New Jersey Chapter (“AJC New Jersey”) has honored Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons P.C., with the 2016 Judge Learned Hand Award, which was presented at the award dinner, held on November 3, 2016, at the Hilton Short Hills in Short Hills, New Jersey.

The National Judge Learned Hand Award was established by AJC in 1964 to honor the memory of Judge Learned Hand, Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1924 to 1951, by recognizing leaders in the legal profession for their excellent work and contributions to the legal community. Mr. Dunican joins many other prominent lawyers who have earned this recognition, including 2009 recipient Michael R. Griffinger, a Director in the Gibbons Business & Commercial Litigation Department. Mr. Griffinger served as a co-chair of this year’s dinner.

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 six consecutive years to NJBIZ’s “Power 100” list of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey business. In 2007, he was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, for his work building and leading a dynamic and growing professional services company.

Under his leadership, Gibbons has realized significant growth propelling the firm into the AmLaw 200 in 2007. 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. This year, the firm was also recognized as a national Great Place to Work. Mr. Dunican has also been 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.

About AJC New Jersey
The AJC New Jersey builds important alliances across diverse ethnic and religious groups to create strong local coalitions and advocacy campaigns on issues of mutual concern. The group focuses on educating its members and the broader community about human rights issues with a specific focus on promoting democratic values and peaceful diplomacy.

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