Whitney A. Leonard joined the firm in 2017 and became a partner in 2023.  She works in all areas of the firm’s practice, with a particular interest in Native land rights, environmental justice, tribal public safety, and tribal self-governance.  She has been deeply involved in the litigation against the major opioid companies on behalf of tribes and tribal organizations nationwide, as well as similar litigation against key e-cigarette manufacturers.  Before joining the firm, Ms. Leonard clerked for Chief Judge Sidney Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Dana Fabe (Ret.) of the Alaska Supreme Court.

Ms. Leonard graduated from Yale Law School in 2015, where she served as a Comments Editor for the Yale Law Journal and served on the boards of the Native American Law Students Association and the Yale Environmental Law Association.  Prior to law school, Ms. Leonard worked on land and wildlife conservation in Montana.  Ms. Leonard received her B.A. from Williams College in 2008.

Judicial Clerkships

  • Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas
    United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Justice Dana Fabe (Ret.)
    Alaska Supreme Court


Yale Law School, J.D., 2015

Williams College, B.A., 2008

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Alaska, 2017
  • Montana, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, 2017