Gibbons Chairman and Managing Director Patrick Dunican Named Professional Lawyer of the Year


November 9, 2017

The Essex County Bar Association (ECBA) has chosen Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons P.C., as its selection for a 2017 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award. Mr. Dunican received his award at the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Professionalism Awards Luncheon on November 9, 2017.

The Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards are presented by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law, in conjunction with bar associations throughout the state, to honor lawyers of outstanding character who are recognized by colleagues for a commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and involvement in the organized bar and community. The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law is a joint initiative of the NJSBA, state and federal judiciaries, and New Jersey’s three law schools, formed to strengthen the reputation of the legal profession and public respect for judges, attorneys, and the justice system. Mr. Dunican is the third Gibbons attorney to earn a Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the Commission, joining past recipients Thomas J. Cafferty (2016) and Michael R. Griffinger (1999).

Mr. Dunican is a longtime member of the Essex County Bar Association and New Jersey State Bar Association and is a former Trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey. He 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 seven consecutive years to NJBIZ’s “Power 100” list of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey business. Gibbons has realized significant growth under his leadership, moving 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. Mr. Dunican is listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers for business litigation and in Best Lawyers® for commercial litigation.

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