Patrick Dunican and Noreen Giblin Named Irish American Leaders of New Jersey by PolitickerNJ


March 19, 2015

Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons P.C., and Noreen M. Giblin, Counsel in the Gibbons Government Affairs Department, have been named among the 2015 “Irish American Leaders of New Jersey.” This list, published annually by PolitickerNJ, includes statewide business, government, and civic leaders who demonstrate a commitment to their Irish heritage.

This year’s feature recognizes the 80th anniversary of the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the state’s oldest parade honoring Irish heritage. In 2013, Mr. Dunican served as Grand Marshal of the Newark Parade, while Ms. Giblin served as his Chief of Staff. For the past several years, both Mr. Dunican and Ms. Giblin have been featured in the Irish Voice newspaper’s annual “Irish Legal 100,” a nationwide network of some of the most distinguished and accomplished men and women of Irish heritage in the legal profession.

“This recognition highlights not only our personal Irish heritage, but also the Irish heritage of Gibbons and many of its founders and leaders, which has defined the firm since its founding in 1926,” says Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of the firm.

Mr. Dunican has been highlighted by Law360 as one of the nation’s most innovative law firm managing partners, a position he attained at age 36. During his tenure, the firm has joined the Am Law 200 and grown into a Mid-Atlantic regional powerhouse. In recent years, Gibbons has been recognized nationally for its work – as, for example, one of only 20 law firms, and the only one headquartered in New Jersey, on the National Law Journal’s inaugural “Midsize Hot List. In 2014, the New Jersey Law Journal named Gibbons the “General Litigation Practice of the Year,” highlighting the firm’s multidisciplinary litigation strength, while Law360 selected Gibbons as a “Regional Powerhouse,” based on a number of high-profile corporate transactions in the public and private sectors, as well as major litigations throughout the region. Mr. Dunican’s focus on marketing and branding earned Gibbons a place as the only law firm featured in Steve Adubato’s book, You Are the Brand. Mr. Dunican’s four grandparents were born in Counties Sligo, Mayo, and Donegal.

Ms. Giblin has been a member of the Gibbons Government Affairs Department, New Jersey’s top lawyer-lobbying practice, for seven years. Before joining Gibbons, she served as Chief of Staff to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. former Director of Executive Office Operations for Governor Jon S. Corzine, and, before that, State Director to United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg. Ms. Giblin is active with several Irish American organizations, including the Giblin Association. She was named the Essex County “Irishwoman of the Year” during their Irish Heritage Month celebration in 2006.