Gibbons Honored with CIANJ “Companies That Care” Platinum Award
March 23, 2022
The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and COMMERCE Magazine recognized Gibbons P.C. at their 2022 “Companies that Care” Awards reception with the highest honor in the “Caring for Veterans” category. This year’s reception was held on March 23 at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville, New Jersey.
The theme of the 2022 program, “A Call to Service in Extraordinary Times,” prompted companies to nominate workplace initiatives through which they and their employees contributed to specific charitable causes during the pandemic, noting in particular the impact of their programs on the community. In its nomination, Gibbons highlighted its longstanding work with corporate partner PSE&G and nonprofit partner Volunteer Lawyers for Justice on the Veterans Legal Program. The program, the first of its kind in New Jersey, provides free advice and discrete legal services to military veterans regarding critical issues this vulnerable population commonly faces upon return to civilian life, such as criminal record expungement, driver’s license restoration, and child support modification.
Through the Veterans Legal Program, Gibbons attorneys work with clients through both legal clinics and traditional legal representation, both of which continue to be very successful, even as the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated restructuring the program’s delivery model. In fact, the team not only adapted the Veterans Legal Program to a virtual setting, but both the team and the program actually expanded, as more volunteers signed on thanks to the time savings and convenience of live online clinics.
“Giving back and helping those in need is a part of the culture for all of the companies and organizations we are honoring,” said Anthony Russo, President of CIANJ. “We are glad that we can showcase all of their good works and honor them for their commitment to service even through the last two years while dealing with the global pandemic.”
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A description of the selection process methodology for the awards referenced is available at gibbonslaw.com/awards/.