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 Councel

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.

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