Legal corner

the general counsel's office
  • Training

    Provides training to union leaders and attorneys on law enforcement representation.

  • Legal Updates

    Furnishes regular Legal Updates to I.U.P.A. attorneys and union leaders.

  • Publications

    Publishes articles and pamphlets educating law enforcement officers and union leaders on law enforcement representation.

  • Assistance

    Renders assistance to local unions on lawsuits of interest to the law enforcement profession.

  • Representation

    Represents parties, and files amicus briefs, in cases of interest to the law enforcement profession in the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts.

  • Briefs & Pleadings

    Maintains a collection of briefs and pleadings for use by I.U.P.A. leaders and attorneys in litigation.

I.U.P.A. also provides additional legal services to local unions in the Full Service Program.

General Counsel

Holly E. Van Horsten

Holly E. Van Horsten is I.U.P.A.’s General Counsel. Van Horsten is a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law. She has spent the vast majority of her practice focusing exclusively on union-side labor law, with a particular concentration on public sector unions. Prior to joining I.U.P.A., Van Horsten worked in private practice with a law firm that exclusively represents labor unions in all dimensions of labor law, including but not limited to, negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements and providing representation in arbitrations, litigation, and administrative proceedings before the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission (“PERC”) and before the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (“FDLE”) involving FDLE certification.

Van Horsten has also provided assistance with various internal union matters, including but not limited to, trainings for union business agents and stewards, review of union literature for strategic campaigns against employers, and international union conventions. Van Horsten is admitted to practice before the Federal District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida as well as the Eleventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. She is a graduate, with honors, from the Seattle University School of Law, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Van Horsten also holds a Bachelors in Philosophy from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

E-Mail Holly E. Van Horsten at: hvanhorsten@iupa.org

Associate General Counsel

Gary E. Lippman

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.

His LEO representation includes on-scene at more than 100 “critical incidents,” in more than 1000 investigations, has prepared officers for state and federal grand juries, and he has accompanied an officer into a grand jury investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting resulting in “No True Bill,” and was instrumental in authoring several amendments to FSS 112.532; notably, amendments to sections of the “Bill of Rights” protecting officers from coercive administrative/disciplinary interrogations and expanding their due process rights under sections 112.532(1)(c), 112.532(1)(d), 112.532(4)(b), 112.532(6), and 112.533(1), Florida Statutes.

Some of Gary’s arbitration victories on behalf of wrongfully discharged law enforcement officers in Florida have been featured in national Labor Relations Information System (LRIS) publications and seminars, and he has been recognized by for negotiating some of the first collective bargaining provisions in the United States addressing law enforcement agencies’ introductions of new technologies into their officers’ workplaces (e.g., GPS and patrol vehicles’ in-car recording devices).  After the officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, Gary was invited to be the guest of Will Aitcheson for a LRIS podcast interview regarding “Body Cameras and Collective Bargaining” (October 28, 2014).

Gary was invited to join and remains a staff member of the Police Policy Studies Council, Inc., and was published in The Florida Bar Journal (November/December 2016), “Will Police Body Cameras be a Mandatory Subject of Bargaining in Florida?” and (July/August 2017), “Will Body Cameras Improve Policing in Florida?”

Prior to coming to the I.U.P.A., Gary served as Managing Attorney for the successful implementation of a new state-wide Civil Injunction for Protection Project funded by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) through the U.S. Department of Justice, and administered by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

E-Mail Gary E. Lippman at: glippman@iupa.org


For further information on all the legal services, including the Full-Service Legal Program, Contact via e-mail at iupa@iupa.org

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