Noel Leon, Attorney at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel

Noel León

Noel León joined the firm in January 2021, following a clerkship with the Honorable Victor A. Bolden of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Previously, Ms. León was Interim Director for State Abortion Access and Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, DC. There, she developed legal strategies, including contract negotiation strategies, to support doctors and nurses who face employment barriers and discrimination from hospitals or other institutions because of their participation in abortion care. Ms. León analyzed legislation that affected abortion access and drafted legislation to protect health care professionals’ and students’ ability to provide abortion and obtain abortion training. She contributed to NWLC’s federal and state legislative, regulatory, litigation, and organizing efforts to combat policies permitting health care institutions to refuse to provide or cover reproductive health care services.

Prior to Ms. León’s time at the National Women’s Law Center, she was a Reproductive Justice Fellow at the Reproductive Health Technologies Project and a Legal Fellow at If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. She also served as a volunteer case manager for the District of Columbia Abortion Fund for four years, where she counseled hotline callers seeking abortions in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, helping them navigate state laws, insurance policies, logistics, and funding gaps in order to obtain the care they needed.

Ms. León graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2014, where she was a Toll Public Interest Fellow. During law school, Ms. León served as Executive Articles Editor for the Penn Journal of Law and Social Change and Co-President of the Equal Justice Foundation. She participated in the Penn Law Civil Practice Clinic, representing clients in a range of matters including custody and consumer debt; and the Reproductive Rights Law Project, assisting young women seeking abortion care with the state-mandated judicial bypass process for minors who do not have parental consent for abortion in Pennsylvania. Ms. León completed internships at Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Public Policy Litigation & Law Department, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and the Women’s Law Project. Ms. León received a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University in 2009.