Gary E. Lippman is the I.U.P.A.’s Associate General Counsel. Lippman has been representing unions, individual union members and employees for most of his 30+ years in practice; more than half of which time he represented Florida law enforcement and corrections officers along with their agencies’ civilian support coworkers. Before being admitted to practice law in New York, where he represented private sector and public employees’ unions, Gary earned a B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College, and a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Lippman comes from a strong union family as his grandparents were with unions, and his father was a teachers’ union president in Upstate New York. After moving to Florida in 1996, Gary provided legal representation to firefighters’ IAFF union locals in state and federal courts throughout South Florida. Gary was hired by the Palm Beach County PBA in 2001, where he became its General Counsel. During this time, Gary negotiated the first-ever and successive collective bargaining agreements with the Palm Beach and Martin County Sheriff’s Offices, and helped to grow that organization from approximately 1,000 members to 5,000.