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

Julie Wilensky, Esq.

Board Member

Julie Wilensky is a Deputy County Counsel for the County of Santa Clara. As a member of the Social Justice & Impact Litigation section, Julie focuses on affirmative litigation as well as the development of policy initiatives aimed at advancing social justice. Julie also advises County agencies and departments on a broad range of issues.

Previously, Julie 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, and she was co-counsel with NCLR on several litigation cases. 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. She also served as a law clerk for Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Julie graduated from Yale Law School, where she was an Articles & Essays Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and Yale College.

Julie 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 as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the LGBT Bar Association (2015). Julie served as a member of the Board of Directors of BALIF, the Bay Area’s LGBT bar association, from 2013-2017.

Julie and her spouse Rachel live in Oakland and have two children.


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