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Gibbons Director Michael R. Griffinger Named to NJBIZ "Power 50" for Nonprofit Board Members


October 21, 2010

Michael R. Griffinger, a Director in the Business & Commercial Litigation Department of Gibbons P.C., was named by NJBIZ as one of the “50 Most Powerful Nonprofit Board Members” as part of the publication’s “Power 50” series. NJBIZ is the premier weekly newspaper covering the state’s business community.

“Mike has a long history of service to the bar and to the community,” says Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons. “We are proud that NJBIZ has recognized his dedication to so many worthwhile organizations.”

Mr. Griffinger is Chairman of the Board of the Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, an organization that provides economically disadvantaged adults, children, and families in New Jersey with pro bono representation and advice, to ensure for them fair and equal treatment within the legal system. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Legal Services Foundation, a unique initiative to raise funds from within the legal community to support organizations that donate legal services to the poor and disenfranchised. In addition, in the 1960s he was Chairman of the Board of Essex Legal Services in the 1960s, known today as Essex-Newark Legal Services.

Mr. Griffinger has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center since 1995. In his service to NJPAC over the years, he has run two very successful fundraising campaigns among the local legal community. He also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, raising pledges to NJPAC for his effort, which resulted in more than $220,000. Mr. Griffinger founded the Fresh Air Fund Games, an annual fundraising softball tournament among local law firms, which raises over $100,000 every year for the Fresh Air Fund, a program providing free summer vacations to children from disadvantaged communities. He is also very active on behalf of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and he serves on the Columbia University Law School Board of Visitors and the Cornell University Council.