A native of New Jersey, Gary graduated from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics. He pursued post-baccalaureate studies at Rutgers University School of Law where he was associate editor of the Rutgers Law Journal, and earned his Juris Doctor with honors in 1985.
Following graduation from law school, Gary served as law clerk to the Honorable Susan H. Black, who was then a U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of Florida in Jacksonville. Gary then went on to work as an attorney with law firms in Washington D.C. While residing in the Nation's Capital, he also taught as an adjunct professor at George Washington University's National Law Center.
Gary is a shareholder of the law firm GrayRobinson, PA in its Fort Lauderdale office. The Firm has offices throughout Florida and represents municipalities and counties as well as private clients on a broad range of matters. Gary chairs the Firm's Communications Law practice, and concentrates on the representation of local governments and private entities in utilities and communications law and governmental law.
In 2004, Gary was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission's Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, which consists of 15 state and local officials from throughout the country, and advises the FCC on matters of national communications policy that affect states and local governments.
Gary has also been able to forge strong relationships with many of Florida's State Legislators, as well as members of Congress and Senators. Gary's relationship with government leaders has provided a strong advantage for Wilton Manors, including aiding in bringing home millions of dollars in county, state and federal grants.
On the local level, Gary has been a strong supporter of Kids in Distress, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, and the Area Agency on Aging. Gary currently serves on the Board of Directors of Children's Home Society and as a trustee with the Alzheimer's Family Center, an organization that assists families dealing with Alzheimer's patients.
On the State level, Gary serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida League of Cities and is frequently requested to assist the League on state issues involving communications and utilities. Nationally, in addition to his FCC position, Gary serves on the National League of Cities Information Technology and Communications Steering Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC based National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisers.
Gary was elected to the City Commission in March 1998. In March 2000, the City Commission unanimously selected him as Vice Mayor. Gary was re-elected to the Commission in March of 2002. Gary is an avid tennis player and is thrilled that our new courts are up and running.
Gary lives on Jenada Isle with his partner, Eric, and their pup, Gracie, a Golden Retriever that they rescued.