Gary A. McGinn is an attorney with Howard, Lewis & Petersen. He is a zoning and land use lawyer and a member of the firm’s real estate practice group. He handles land use, zoning, property rights, water rights, subdivisions, real estate, contracts, eminent domain, government regulatory matters and related constitutional rights claims.
Gary graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Latin American Studies. He then graduated with a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 1992 and clerked for the Honorable Boyd L. Park of the Fourth Judicial District Court. He then practiced criminal law as a Public Defender.
Gary worked for Provo City for 25 years as an assistant city attorney and then as the Director of Community Development. As the Director of Community Development, he supervised a department of over 20 people which was responsible for all of the planning, zoning, building permits and inspections, code enforcement, property management, and development review for the city.
Gary has appeared in court, and before city councils, planning commissions and other government boards and commissions hundreds of times. His understanding of the laws that govern land development, eminent domain, impact fees, roads, constitutional takings, boundaries, code enforcement, easements, among other property issues . Gary now represents private parties where he helps his clients navigate their interactions with government entities, overcome public opposition, and to achieve their land use and business objectives
Gary has been an Adjunct Professor at BYU since 2012 teaching urban planning law. He was a Board Member for Project Read, 2011- 2015. Project read is a nonprofit organization that seeks to prevent and alleviate adult illiteracy in Utah County. He was also the Chair of the Governing Board for Freedom Prep Academy, a chartered public school. During his term as CAO, they purchased property, issued $10,750,000 in bonds, and constructed an elementary school. The school was able to use his legal expertise to guide the school through this process.