Gary L. Winter, Esq.
Attorney Gary Winter’s business and estate planning practice focuses on helping entrepreneurial families enhance their lives today and secure their futures tomorrow. He excels in guiding his clients through the often confusing maze of financial and legal decisions to create plans that ensure the well-being of their families, businesses and the accomplishment of cherished family goals. His considerable legal expertise includes family and business protection, wealth preservation and valuesbased planning. Whether you are a startup or established business, with a traditional family or blended family, just starting out or looking back on a life well-lived, Gary will help you craft a plan that achieves your goals for your business and loved ones today and for years to come. After a ten year career as a commercial airline pilot, Gary graduated second in his law school class from San Joaquin College of Law in 2006 and served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Justice Timothy S. Buckley on the 5th District Court of Appeal in 2005. While at San Joaquin College of Law, Gary received Bernard E. Witkin Academic Excellence Awards for being at the top of the class in Legal Research and Writing, Criminal Law and Legal Remedies. Gary also won the Best Brief award and was a Best Oral Advocate Finalist in the George A. Hopper Moot Court Competition in 2005. Gary was a member of the school’s scholarly publication, The San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review, from 2003 to 2006. After graduation, Gary was an associate at the prestigious law firm of McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte and Carruth, LLP, where he represented high net-worth families and their businesses, in their real estate, business and estate matters. Before opening his own practice, Gary was a partner with the law firm of Powell and Pool, PC, which specialized in representing lenders. In 2008, Gary was published as author of a professional article in the Review advocating for farmers’ rights to cancel Williamson Act contracts. The article is titled “Does A Williamson Act Contract Have Constitutional Status?” (17 SJALR 1 (2008)). Gary advocates for efficient and green use of real estate and has written several articles for websites on the complex subject of fractional ownership of vacation homes, which allows owners to buy, use and sell their proportional fractional (1/6th, 1/8th, etc.) interest in a vacation home. In December, 2008 Gary was featured in “Fractional Properties: Own a Piece of Paradise” in Where to Retire magazine. Gary is a frequent lecturer for real estate brokers on the subjects of co-ownership and business planning issues. Gary has chosen to serve entrepreneurial families because he is passionate about helping families create happy and secure futures. Most importantly, Gary is husband to Julie and proud father of Marci, Lanson and Jackson.