Biography

Julie Wilensky is a senior staff attorney with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), where she litigates antidiscrimination cases.

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. 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. Julie graduated from Yale Law School and 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 she was named by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 (2015).

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