Leslie Walker has been recognized by her peers as one of Sacramento’s top lawyers by Sacramento Magazine as a “Northern California rising star."
Leslie represents public and private clients in matters relating to land use entitlements, planning and zoning law, the Subdivision Map Act, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental statutes and regulations.
In advising clients through the entitlement process, and in litigation, Leslie brings a unique perspective rooted in her significant municipal law experience and combines it with years of work for land owners and developers.
Prior to joining Thomas Law Group, Leslie was a partner at Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann, and Girard. Over the course of her careers she has successfully represented several land owners and public agencies in land use and CEQA challenges in superior and appellate courts. She also served as the Interim and Assistant City Attorney for the City of Lincoln in Placer County and has provided general counsel to a variety of cities and special districts in Sacramento and Placer Counties.
Leslie served as an adjunct professor at McGeorge School of Law teaching Local Agency Practice, Advice and Litigation. Leslie also has published a number of articles including, “Warming Up to Global Climate Change” and “In CEQA Litigation, When is an Agency Required to Include Internal and Agency Emails in the Record of Proceedings,” both in the California Public Law Journal.
Leslie graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Urban Planning in 1997 and graduated from McGeorge School of Law in 2006. Prior to attending law school, Leslie worked in planning research at the San Diego Association of Governments. During law school, Leslie clerked for the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division, as well as for the California Commission on State Mandates and Assemblymember Patricia Wiggins. Leslie lives in Sacramento with her husband Kelly and daughter Alexandra.