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Gibbons Chairman and Managing Director Patrick Dunican Honored By Iona College With 2013 Legacy Award


April 15, 2013

Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons P.C., was honored by the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Iona College, with a 2013 Legacy Award at the 51st Annual Trustee Award Dinner on Friday, April 12, 2013, at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

Iona College created the Legacy Award to acknowledge unique individuals who have chosen to give of themselves and their resources to benefit the lives of others. Previous recipients include Francis Cardinal Spellman, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Alfred F. Kelly, and Roger Staubach, among many other notable honorees. Mr. Dunican’s award reflects his longstanding dedication to numerous charitable and community organizations and programs. He is the Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and serves on the Board of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and on the President’s Council of Valley Hospital Foundation. When Mr. Dunican served as Grand Marshal of the 78th Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March 2013, the parade organization, under his direction, raised more money for more charitable entities than it had ever before done in its history. In addition, at Gibbons, he has devoted significant resources to the dynamic “Gibbons Cares” charitable and pro bono platform, through which the firm annually donates more than $1 million and substantial volunteer services to worthy community causes.

Mr. Dunican has also long been committed to both Catholic institutions of higher learning that he attended. He is a second-generation Iona graduate, having earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the college in 1988. He currently serves on the Planning Committee for the 25th Reunion of his Iona graduating class. In addition, as a dedicated alumnus of Seton Hall University School of Law, Mr. Dunican serves as Vice-Chair of Seton Hall Law’s Board of Visitors and Co-Chair of the Board of Visitors’ Strategic Planning Committee. He also was Co-Chair of the Seton Hall Law Rising Campaign, which was publicly launched in 2007 and exceeded its goal of raising $25 million for the law school. Mr. Dunican was named Seton Hall Law’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2011.

About Patrick C. Dunican Jr.
Patrick C. Dunican Jr. was elected Managing Director of Gibbons in 2004, at the age of 36. He is a nationally recognized legal industry 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 three consecutive years to NJBIZ magazine’s “Power 100” list of the most powerful people in New Jersey business. In 2007, Ernst & Young named him an “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the category of Professional Services, an award that recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. During Mr. Dunican’s tenure at the helm of Gibbons, he has helped transform the firm into a Mid-Atlantic powerhouse, increasing revenues by 70 percent and profits by 142 percent, while strategically adding 80 lawyers in key practice areas serving industries critical to the regional economy. During his tenure, the firm joined the AmLaw 200 and, in 2009, became one of only 20 firms nationwide named to National Law Journal’s inaugural “Midsize Hot List,” which recognized firms with fewer than 300 lawyers that found innovative ways to position themselves and thrive in a turbulent legal market. A litigation attorney, Mr. Dunican is listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers for business litigation and as one of the top 100 attorneys in New Jersey. He is also currently listed in Best Lawyers® for commercial litigation and New York Super Lawyers for business litigation, as well as previous “40 under 40” lists in both NJBIZ and the New Jersey Law Journal. Mr. Dunican is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.