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Karen A. Giannelli


Current Position

Gibbons P.C. (Retired)
Newark, NJ

Class: X (1999)Circuit: Third


Skidmore College; Tufts University, B.A., magna cum laude (1975)
Rutgers School of Law, Newark, J.D. (1979)
Admitted to New Jersey Bar (1979)

Professional Career

Director of the firm since 1986, Gibbons P.C. (1980-)
Law Secretary to (late) Hon. D. Joseph DeVito, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey (1979-80)


International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (1999-)
American Bankruptcy Institute (1991-)
American Bar Association (1983-)
New Jersey State Bar Association: Chair, Bankruptcy Law Section (1998-00); Officer (1986-00); Trustee (2000-)
Essex County Bar Association: Vice-Chair, Creditor/Debtor Committee (1990-91); Chair, Creditor/Debtor Committee (1991-92)
Women in Federal Practice in New Jersey, Inc.: Officer (1985-95); Trustee/Advisory Board


Basics of Bankruptcy and Reorganization, Practising Law Institute 1993-95; 98- Contributor
New Jersey Bankruptcy Manual New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 1st ed. 1993, 2nd ed. 2006 Contributor
Bankruptcy Litigation Manual Aspen Law & Business 1992- Contributor
"Formulating Reorganization Plans: Strategies for Success," 1992 Contributor Practising Law Institute
"Secured Transactions," New Jersey Transaction Guide, 1985 Author Matthew Bender & Co., Inc.
"An Appearance of Impropriety is Not Enough to Disqualify Counsel," The Bankruptcy Strategist October 1998 Co-author


Tufts University, Laminan Prize in Romance Languages (1975)
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law (2003-12)
Selected by New Jersey Law Journal as prominent leader among women and minority attorneys in State of New Jersey (2003),
Listed in Chambers USA Guide to Leading Business Lawyers, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2008-12)
Listed in New Jersey SuperLawyers, among top 50 women lawyers (2007-12)