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Patrick Dunican Named a Trustee of the Independent College Fund of New Jersey


December 6, 2017

Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons P.C., has been named a Trustee of the Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ), a nonprofit initiative of corporate and academic leaders established to help its 14 member institutions – independent colleges and universities throughout the state – find corporate and philanthropic partners to secure critical financial support and fulfill their mission to educate all qualified students.

As a Trustee, Mr. Dunican helps ensure that the Fund cultivates productive relationships and makes appropriate strategic investments in programs, scholarships, and education that focus on quality, access, and affordability while also promoting the broader benefits and contributions of its members. He recently moderated a panel at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the ICFNJ at which member college presidents discussed the society-wide impact made by independent institutions of higher education.

Mr. Dunican was recently featured by The Irish Voice in its 2017 “Irish Education 100” list of the country’s most influential professionals of Irish descent involved in higher education. A 1988 Iona College alumnus, Mr. Dunican serves on the college’s Board of Legal Trustees as a member of the Board of Trustees Executive Committee, Committee on Trustees/Governance, and Academic Committee. Additionally, chairs the Audit Compliance and Risk Committee, responsible for the periodic appraisal of the college’s financial control and accounting systems, oversight and coordination of its external auditors’ service delivery, and campus-wide compliance with a vast range of laws and regulations governing academic institutions, recommending improvements in all areas as necessary. Mr. Dunican also works with Seton Hall University School of Law, where he earned his J.D. in 1991, serving as immediate past Chair of its Board of Visitors and Co-Chair of its Strategic Planning Committee. He previously co-chaired the Seton Hall Law Rising fundraising campaign, which exceeded its $25 million goal. Mr. Dunican has been honored as a distinguished alumnus by both Iona College and Seton Hall Law.

In addition, Mr. Dunican is a nationally recognized legal industry leader. He has been named by Law360 as one of the nation’s most innovative law firm managing partners, New Jersey Law Journal as one of the state’s “Distinguished Leaders” in the legal industry; Essex County Bar Association and New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law as their selection for the 2017 “Professional Lawyer of the Year Award”; and, for seven consecutive years, NJBIZ, for its “Power 100” list of the most powerful people in New Jersey business. Under his leadership, Gibbons has become a major force in the Mid-Atlantic legal market, listed among the Am Law 200, National Law Journal’s inaugural “Midsize Hot List,” and Law360’s “New Jersey Regional Powerhouses.” His focus on marketing and branding initiatives earned Gibbons a place as the only law firm featured in Steve Adubato’s book, You Are the Brand. A litigation attorney, Mr. Dunican is listed in both the New Jersey and New York editions of Super Lawyers for business litigation and in Best Lawyers® for commercial litigation. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and was named to “40 Under 40” lists in both NJBIZ and New Jersey Law Journal.