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Gibbons Director Honored by the Center for Italian & Italian-American Culture


November 18, 2011

Gibbons P.C. is pleased to congratulate Karen A. Giannelli, Chair of the firm’s Financial Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights Department, for being named “Woman of the Year” by the Center for Italian & Italian American Culture. Ms. Giannelli will be honored at the organization’s annual gala on November 18, 2011, at the Villa at Mountain Lakes.

Ms. Giannelli is being recognized for her leadership role at Gibbons, her commitment to the advancement of women in business and the law, and her many other professional achievements. In her 31 years of legal practice at Gibbons, she has advised numerous public and private companies and financial institutions throughout the country in the areas of financial restructuring, creditors’ rights, and financial services. As Chair of the Financial Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights Department, she manages a group of 13 lawyers and paraprofessionals in three states, overseeing both the legal and business sides of the department. She has been actively involved in the firm’s recent efforts to build and develop its client base in its newest market, Delaware. Ms. Giannelli is recog­nized by her peers as one of New Jersey’s lead­ing bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights lawyers in publications such as Best Lawyers, Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and New Jersey Super Lawyers, which also listed her among the state’s 50 leading female attorneys.

As an integral member of firm management, Ms. Giannelli is both a mentor and role model to women lawyers. She was one of the founding members of the Gibbons Women’s Initiative, which serves to develop young women professionals and extends opportunities for mentoring and networking throughout the firm and professional community. She has led the way for women beyond Gibbons as well through her leadership in various professional organizations. Ms. Giannelli was a founding member and the first president of Women in Federal Practice in New Jersey, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of women lawyers in federal court practice, in which she remains extensively involved. She has served on the Board of the New Jersey Chapter of Turnaround Management Association and was the chapter’s first female president. She was also the first woman elected Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Law Section and has the distinction of being the first woman attorney from New Jersey to be elected into the American College of Bankruptcy.