Karen Giannelli Named Among Profiles In Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching,” 2013
September 18, 2012
Karen A. Giannelli, Chair of the Gibbons Financial Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights Department, has been named one of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching” for 2012. has been named one of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching” for 2012. The annual “Women Worth Watching” feature showcases influential senior women executives from companies of all sizes across the country, showcasing their commitment and achievements. Ms. Giannelli is profiled in the September/October 2012 issue.
“Profiles in Diversity Journal’s selection of Karen Giannelli as one of its ‘Women Worth Watching’ is well-deserved recognition of Karen’s commitment to her clients, and to Gibbons, and it highlights our firm’s dedication to the advancement of women in the workplace,” says Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons.
Ms. Giannelli was selected on the basis of 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.
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 also was a founding member and the first president of the Women in Federal Practice in New Jersey Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of women lawyers in federal court practice. She serves 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.