Patrick Dunican

Dunican Ends 32-Year Career at Gibbons PC

Patrick C. Dunican Jr., executive chairperson of Newark-based Gibbons P.C., has left the firm. Dunican, who has served in the executive chairperson role since 2022 after 18 years as the firm’s chairman and managing director, was with Gibbons for more than three decades, making a tremendous and lasting impact on the firm, the City of Newark, and the state’s legal and business communities.

“After 32 years with the great Gibbons law firm, I have decided it is time to find a new mountain to climb,” said Dunican. “While my decision to leave Gibbons is a bittersweet one, I look forward to remaining connected with the many, many colleagues and friends I have made in the extended Gibbons family, and I am enormously proud of everything I have helped the firm accomplish.”

Throughout his leadership tenure, Dunican was instrumental in building one of the region’s most prominent law firms, with Gibbons greatly expanding its geographic footprint and ultimately growing to eight offices across New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington, DC, and Florida.

A proud firm ambassador and tireless champion of the Gibbons brand, Dunican raised the firm’s profile and allowed Gibbons to enter new markets. Early in his tenure, he guided the firm’s first strategic plan. According to the law firm, Dunican identified Gibbons’ key service differentiators, nurtured its already impressive litigation practices, and developed other key practices to the point of prominence in their areas, such as its New York-style corporate practice and its heralded Government & Regulatory Affairs Group, which has. “Throughout, Dunican modeled first-class corporate citizenship, expanded Gibbons’s community presence, and sharpened its focus on DEI and ESG initiatives. He has been recognized by scores of publications and organizations for his many contributions to the legal, business, and broader communities,” the law firm stated.

“Having been at the firm about as long as he has been, and having worked as closely as we did in our 30+ years here together, Gibbons will definitely be a different place without Patrick Dunican,” notes Peter J. Torcicollo, who succeeded Dunican as managing director of Gibbons. “However, I understand his decision, and I am confident that his future ventures will be equally successful, and his impact equally great.”

Dunican continues, “I have said it many times before – there will be no greater professional honor in my life than having been the chairman and managing director of Gibbons. As that time comes to an end, I am excited to explore the many potential paths ahead of me.”

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