ROI-NJ Features Gibbons Chairman and Managing Director on 2020 “Influencers: Higher Education” List


August 26, 2020

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ROI-NJ, a weekly newspaper covering business in New Jersey, has named Gibbons Chairman and Managing Director, Patrick C. Dunican Jr., to its inaugural “Higher Education Influencers” list in the “Key Contributors: Business Partners” category. Mr. Dunican has also been selected for inclusion on the ROI-NJ “Influencers Power List” for three consecutive years.

Of Mr. Dunican, the publication notes:

Dunican, who is the chair of the board of trustees at Iona and on the board of visitors at Seton Hall Law, backs a higher education focus group at Gibbons that includes more than three dozen lawyers.

In May 2020, Mr. Dunican was elected the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Iona College, his alma mater. He has served in various capacities on the college’s Board of Legal Trustees since 2013, including Vice Chair of its Executive Committee, Chair of its Audit Compliance and Risk Committee, and member of its Academic Committee and Committee on Trustees/Governance. Mr. Dunican previously served on the Planning Committee for the 25th Reunion of the Class of 1988. Iona has honored him with its 2013 Legacy Award and 2008 Loftus Award.

In addition to his longstanding work with Iona College, Mr. Dunican remains active with Seton Hall University School of Law, where he earned his J.D. in 1991, serving as a 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. During his tenure as Chairman and Managing Director, Gibbons endowed $1 million to Seton Hall Law to establish the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, to provide funding to assist the law school in educating and training the next generation of attorneys in the technology and scientific communities. Seton Hall Law recognized Mr. Dunican with its 2011 distinguished alumnus award and its 2015 Saint Thomas More Medal.

Mr. Dunican also serves as 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. He has also been featured by The Irish Voice on its “Irish Education 100” list of the country’s most influential professionals of Irish descent involved in higher education.

Mr. Dunican is a nationally recognized legal industry leader. He has been listed by New Jersey Law Journal as one of the state’s “Distinguished Leaders” in the legal industry and is a 2020 “Trailblazer” award recipient; 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”; NJBIZ, for its “Power 100” list of the most powerful people in New Jersey business, for ten consecutive years. 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.

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