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Three Gibbons Attorneys Featured on ROI-NJ’s Second Annual “Influencers Power List”


February 28, 2019

ROI-NJ, a weekly newspaper covering business in New Jersey, has named three Gibbons attorneys to its second annual “Influencers Power List,” which the publication “like[s] to call the ultimate power list in the state.” The list ranks New Jersey’s top 30 influencers by number, then features a select group of influential professionals in various fields. Gibbons has more attorneys on this list than does any other law firm in New Jersey.

Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of the firm, is one of ten people appearing on the “Lawyers” list. The publication notes:

Almost all of our insiders feel Gibbons is the most influential firm in the state – because of Dunican’s smarts, style and leadership. “He is a powerhouse,” one insider said. “It takes a big personality to hold together such a top firm for so long; he makes it looks easy.” His team helps, too. “They have a lot of top lawyers,” said another insider. “And the Gibbons public affairs team is as good as it gets.”

Mr. Dunican was featured on last year’s version of this list and previously on the PolitickerNJ “Power List” of the 100 most prominent and connected people in New Jersey politics. He has been named for eight consecutive years among the NJBIZ “Power 100” list of the most powerful people in New Jersey business.

William J. Palatucci, Special Counsel in the Gibbons Corporate Department, is the only law firm attorney to be included on the “Consultants” list. He has previously appeared on power lists published by NJBIZ and PolitickerNJ and was also selected for last year’s inaugural ROI-NJ list. Of Mr. Palatucci, ROI-NJ writes this year:

He didn’t help pull off the ultimate – getting a Republican elected U.S. senator from New Jersey – but he still is the go-to guy in Republican circles in the state. “He always has an uphill battle, but he knows how to win in this state,” one insider said. “That’s why so many go back to him so often.”

Appearing on the list of most influential “Government Affairs” professionals is Christine A. Stearns, Director in the firm’s Government & Regulatory Affairs Department and Administrative Director of the Trenton office. Previously selected to the NJBIZ “Health Care Power List” for several years and included on NJ Spotlight’s list of “Top 10 Healthcare Lobbyists in New Jersey,” Ms. Stearns has also been featured in ROI-NJ recently, having been named a “Top Policy Expert” on its “Health Care Influencers” list in 2018. In this year’s “Influencers Power List,” ROI-NJ notes:

Few people in Trenton can walk through a room silently but powerfully. When Stearns is in a legislative committee hearing or in the State House, it doesn’t go unnoticed. It’s why she heads the Trenton office for one of the most powerful lobbying firms. An authority on health care and an expert networker, Stearns’ energy and mile-a-minute thinking keep people on their toes when she is debating an issue.

To compile the “Influencers Power List,” ROI-NJ editors spoke to many connected sources over several months to highlight the high-level officials in the state, county, and federal governments, as well as executives from some of New Jersey’s largest employers and organizations, who most help to strengthen New Jersey businesses.

The lists featuring Gibbons attorneys can be found by category via the following links:



Government Affairs