Wilking Law Firm

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Wilking Law Firm

Free initial consultation available to understand your legal options.

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Leo F.J. Wilking

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Fargo, North Dakota





I have over 35 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 North Dakota 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 School of Law. I have served on the Board of Governors of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, 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
    • 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, North Dakota, 1979 – 1981
  • U.S. Senator Quentin N. Burdick, Staff Attorney, Washington D.C., 1981 – 1982
  • Nilles Law Firm, Fargo, North Dakota, 1982 – 2007
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington D.C., 2008 – 2010