Achieving LGBTQ Equality Through Litigation, Legislation, Policy, and Public Education

Julie Wilensky, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney

Julie Wilensky is a senior staff attorney who joined NCLR in 2018. Her practice focuses on litigation to ensure the equal rights of LGBTQ people.

Before joining NCLR, Julie was a Deputy County Counsel for the County of Santa Clara, where she was a member of the Social Justice & Impact Litigation section. Previously, Julie was a shareholder at an employment and civil rights law firm in Oakland, where she litigated employment discrimination, disability rights, and employee benefits class actions. She also represented same-sex spouses and transgender people in cases involving pension and health benefits, including several cases as co-counsel with NCLR. Julie clerked for Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and for Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She graduated from Yale Law School, where she was an Articles & Essays editor of the Yale Law Journal, and from Yale College.

As a member of the team that challenged President Trump’s “sanctuary jurisdictions” executive order, Julie received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award in 2018. Julie was named by the Daily Journal as one of California’s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 (2016) and Top Women Lawyers (2016), and she was recognized by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 (2015). Julie is a past board member of NCLR and BALIF, the Bay Area’s LGBTQI bar association.

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