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Leo F.J. Wilking

Leo F.J. Wilking

Fargo, North Dakota

I have 26 years of trial experience in the state and federal courts of North Dakota and Minnesota. In addition, as an assistant attorney general for the State Tax Department, and a special assistant attorney general for Workforce Safety & Insurance, I have participated in more than 300 administrative hearings.

My approach to the practice of law is to listen to the needs and concerns of my client, analyze the legal issues involved, recommend the best course of action, and then represent my client's interests aggressively. Litigation can be prolonged, expensive and emotionally draining, and I want to minimize those aspects of the legal process for my clients as much as possible.

I graduated from Harvard College and received my law degree from Fordham University. I have served on the Board of Governors of the North Dakota State Bar Association, and as president of the Cass County Bar Association. My wife, Martha Leclerc, is vice president of contracting and strategic reimbursement for Sanford Health. We have three children.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Age Discrimination
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Racial Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Whistleblower
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Academic Promotion and Tenure
  • Executive Severance Packages
  • Professional Licensing Issues
  • Mediation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1978
  • North Dakota, 1979


  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1978
  • Harvard University
    • A.B. - 1974

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • American Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • North Dakota Tax Department, Assistant Attorney General, Bismarck, N.D., 1979 - 1981
  • U.S. Senator Quentin N. Burdick, Staff Attorney, Washington D.C., 1981 - 1982
  • Nilles Law Firm, Fargo, ND, 1982 - 2007
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington D.C., 2008 - 2010

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Wilking Law Firm

Wilking Law Firm
3003 32nd Avenue S.
Suite 240
Fargo, ND 58103
Phone: 701-356-6823
Fax: 701-478-7621
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Mailing Address
P.O. Box 3085
Fargo, ND, 58108-3085