Gibbons Chief Diversity Officer Robert Johnson Selected to the Inaugural Lawyers of Color “Nation’s Best” List


June 25, 2019

Robert Johnson, Chief Diversity Officer of Gibbons P.C. and a Director in the firm’s Corporate Department, has been selected to the inaugural Lawyers of Color “Nation’s Best” list as an Eastern Region Honoree. Mr. Johnson and fellow honorees will be profiled in the “Nation’s Best 2019” issue of Lawyers of Color in July.

The Nation’s Best list recognizes law firm partners and senior-level corporate counsel with noteworthy accomplishments and a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. One hundred honorees were selected to represent each of the six regions.

“We are extremely proud of Rob and all that he has accomplished in his career, both as a dedicated corporate attorney and as the firm’s Chief Diversity Officer,” said Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons. “The firm congratulates him on this incredibly well-deserved recognition.”

As Chief Diversity Officer, Mr. Johnson is responsible for overseeing the Gibbons Diversity Initiative (GDI), developing and supporting various platforms to promote and achieve a broadly inclusive workforce and workplace through ethnic, gender, and other forms of diversity. As Chief Diversity Officer, Mr. Johnson also focuses on strengthening GDI’s effectiveness, reach, and impact on the legal community by directing strategies to enhance both the internal components of GDI – training, mentoring, retention, and innovative programming – and its external components, encompassing industry-wide thought leadership, pipeline programs for the profession’s future leaders, engagement with like-minded business associations, community outreach, and supplier diversity. In 2018, he helped create and launch the Gibbons Clerkship to Associate Pipeline (CAP) Program, which helps highly qualified students of diverse backgrounds, selected by participating faculty and administrators of three area law schools (Rutgers-Newark, Rutgers-Camden, and Seton Hall), to prepare for post-law school employment.

Mr. Johnson’s legal practice concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, securities regulations, corporate governance, public finance, cross-border transactions, and various other corporate transactional matters. He represents public and private companies, commercial banks, and governmental agencies and helps his business clients to expand their markets and establish significant presence throughout the region. He has previously been included on the New Jersey Law Journal “New Leaders of the Bar”.

A link to the Lawyers of Color’s Nation’s Best 2019 Issue is available here.

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