Gibbons isn’t the biggest law firm in New Jersey or even Newark, but its influence may be the greatest. “The firm is certainly a force,” one insider said. Adding Bill Palatucci pushes them above the others. “When you’ve got the governor’s top guy on staff, that doesn’t hurt,” said another insider. “At the end of the day, all that matters is who you have assembled and they assembled some good ones.” That’s a credit to Dunican, the managing director.