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

Julie Wilensky, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney

Julie Wilensky joined NCLR as a senior staff attorney in 2018 and works on NCLR’s anti-discrimination litigation.

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, the Director of the California office of the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, and Senior Counsel at Disability Rights California. In these roles, 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.

Earlier in her career, Julie served as a law clerk to Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She was also a Thomas Emerson Fellow at David Rosen & Associates in New Haven. Julie received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an Articles & Essays Editor of the Yale Law Journal. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Yale College.

In 2018, Julie received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award. She was named by the Daily Journal as one of California’s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 (2016) and Top Women Lawyers (2016), and was named by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 (2015).

Julie previously served as a member of NCLR’s Board of Directors. From 2013 to 2017, she was a member of the Board of Directors of BALIF, the Bay Area’s LGBTQI bar association.


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