General Counsel

Tracy L. Mainguy

Tracy Lynn Mainguy holds the position of General Counsel with the International Union of Police Associations.  With over twenty years of legal experience, she is an accomplished labor attorney dedicated to protecting and advancing workers’ interests. She has repeatedly demonstrated her ability to successfully analyze and resolve complicated legal issues through litigation, arbitration and negotiated resolutions.

For over eighteen years, Ms. Mainguy represented defined employee benefit plans in bankruptcy and ERISA collection actions.  Ms. Mainguy also has experience in the areas of foreclosure litigation, real estate litigation, counseling unions in matters dealing with labor and employment law, and in employee benefits law.  Ms. Mainguy graduated from the California Western School of Law in 1994 where she was a member of Law Review.  Prior to law school, Ms. Mainguy earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing at Boston University where she was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Most recently, Ms. Mainguy held an Of Counsel Position at Weinberg, Roger and Rosenfeld where her practice focused on representing Taft-Hartley employee benefit plans in actions to collect benefits, pursuing post-judgment collections, and defending creditors’ rights in bankruptcy cases.  Prior to her Of Counsel position with Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld; Ms. Mainguy held the position of In-House General Counsel for the Operating Engineers Local No. 3 Trust Funds where she advised and handled collection matters, including bankruptcy litigation, on behalf of the Operating Engineers Local 3 Trust Funds.

Ms. Mainguy was also employed as a Staff Attorney at a prominent litigation firm where she handled mortgage-related matters on behalf of large institutional lenders.  She handled real estate matters on behalf of title insurance companies and their insured with another firm.  In addition, her previous experience includes clerking at the Office of the General Counsel in the Department of the United States Navy in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Mainguy started her legal career as an Associate with Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld at which time she specialized in labor law, counseling unions in matters dealing with labor and employment law, and in employee benefits law; representing and advising multiemployer benefit plans.  She returned to Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld as an Of Counsel attorney with the firm in March 2015.

Ms. Mainguy is admitted to the California Bar and Florida Bar.  She enjoys running, cooking, theatre and spending time with her family in her spare time.

E-Mail Tracy L. Mainguy at: tlm@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.

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 an 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