Patrick C. Dunican Jr., chairman and managing director of Gibbons P.C., has been appointed a trustee for the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey (AFBNJ), the preeminent bar association for attorneys who practice before the federal courts in the District of New Jersey. Mr. Dunican’s term began with the AFBNJ Board of Trustees meeting in October.
Mr. Dunican is a nationally recognized law firm innovator who was highlighted by Law360 in 2010 as one of the nation’s most innovative law firm managing partners. He has also been named one of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey business by NJBIZ; an “Entrepreneur of the Year,” in the Professional Services category, by Ernst & Young; and the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2011 by Seton Hall University School of Law. He was elected managing director of Gibbons in 2004, at the age of 36.
Karen A. Giannelli, chair of Gibbons’ Financial Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights Department, has been named “Woman of the Year” by the Center for Italian & Italian American Culture. Ms. Giannelli was honored at the organization’s annual gala in November.
Ms. Giannelli is being recognized for 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, and she was one of the founding members of the Gibbons Women’s Initiative.
Jillian A. Centanni has joined Gibbons P.C. as an apprentice in the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. Ms. Centanni is the second participant in the firm’s apprenticeship Program, which Gibbons launched in 2010 to help maximize the value of its legal and client services while also providing a solid training ground for new attorneys. John J. Cahill, Jr., the firm’s first apprentice, was recently promoted to an associate position in the Intellectual Property Department after a one-year apprenticeship.