Gary Winuk manages the firm’s Sacramento office. Gary’s practice is focused on providing campaign and governmental ethics advice to candidates, elected officials, ballot measure campaigns and other political entities. He is a recognized expert in the field and gives frequent lectures and media commentary on these issues, in addition to serving as an Adjunct Professor on campaign and ethics issues at McGeorge School of Law.
Before entering private law practice, Gary was the Chief of the Enforcement Division at the Fair Political Practices Commission from 2009-2015. The Enforcement Division prosecutes political ethics violations across State and local government, targeting campaign finance, conflict of interest, and money laundering violations, among others. Gary prosecuted numerous major cases at the FPPC and was named one of the California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year by California Lawyer Magazine in 2013. He also was the lead on communications, press, legislation and policy for the Commission.
Prior to working at the FPPC, Gary was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as the Chief Deputy Director and General Counsel of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security (OHS). OHS was responsible for the coordination of all State homeland security efforts. He was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Office and its $350 million budget and 160 person staff.
Prior to serving at OHS, Gary was a Special Assistant to the Cabinet Secretary for Homeland Security Issues in the Office of Governor Gray Davis. He also was appointed by Governor Davis to serve as a Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning. He has worked as a Deputy District Attorney in San Joaquin County and as a Legislative Aide in the California State Assembly.
Gary holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and a J.D., with distinction, from the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. He also completed the Executive Crisis Management course at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Additionally, he served on the Elk Grove Planning Commission, including a term as Chair, and is a current member of the Adjunct Faculty at McGeorge School of Law.
Gary spent 13 years in the California Air National Guard, serving in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, and was assigned as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Federal Airfield. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; and Global War on Terror Service Medal, among others.