Mr. Dunican is a nationally recognized law firm leader who was elected Managing Director of Gibbons in 2004, at the age of 36, and was highlighted by Law360 during his tenure as one of the nation’s most innovative managing partners. He was named the firm’s Executive Chairperson in 2022.


Mr. Dunican led the firm’s growth into a major Mid-Atlantic regional powerhouse. He accomplished this by establishing a corporate management model and implementing innovations to advance Gibbons as a standard-setting 21st-century law firm, supported by state-of-the-art facilities and technology, streamlined expenses, and an outstanding management team to execute, evaluate, and refine these policies and platforms.


As a result of his many achievements, New Jersey Law Journal has honored Mr. Dunican twice in recent years, with a “Trailblazer” Award for his unique foresight regarding comprehensive emergency planning, which enabled him to lead a particularly well-prepared firm through unprecedented business conditions during the COVID-19 crisis; and designation as one of the state’s “Distinguished Leaders” in the legal industry. He is one of a select few business leaders to be named to the annual NJBIZ “Power 100” list of the most influential people in New Jersey business for more than 10 consecutive years. He similarly has appeared on the “Influencers Power List” of the most influential people in New Jersey business each year ROI-NJ has published that feature.


A regular Irish Legal 100 honoree, Mr. Dunican received a 2019 Tip O’Neill Award from the Donegal County (Ireland) Council, presented annually to people of Irish background in recognition of achievements in their chosen fields and their interest in and support for Ireland and its diaspora. In 2017, he was the Essex County Bar Association’s selection for a Professional Lawyer of the Year Award, presented by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law in conjunction with bar associations throughout the state.


A litigation attorney and Director in the Gibbons Commercial & Criminal Litigation Group, Mr. Dunican is listed in both New Jersey and New York Super Lawyers for business litigation and in Best Lawyers® for commercial litigation. His legal practice focuses on broad commercial litigation, securities litigation, and litigation involved in public/private infrastructure projects.




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Patrick C. Dunican Jr. -America's Top 50 Lawyer-Commercial & Criminal Litigation