Leslie A. Wheelock

Ms. Wheelock’s practice is focused on rural and tribal business and community development, Native American and Tribal law, federal procurement, 8(a) small business development, telecommunications and technology, natural resources, and legislative and government affairs.

Most recently, Ms. Wheelock served at the US Department of Agriculture as the Director of the Office of Tribal Relations – focusing on federal policy, regulations and programs affecting rural America and American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes. Prior to her role at USDA, Ms. Wheelock was the Director of Economic Policy at the National Congress of American Indians. Additionally, Ms. Wheelock has extensive experience as an executive attorney with government contracting, telecom, technology and financial services companies.

Ms. Wheelock was born and raised in Indiana, and her home and family are on the Oneida Reservation in Oneida, Wisconsin. Leslie is a member of the Oneida Nation.

Leslie Wheelock


Cornell Law School, J.D., Specialization in International Legal Affairs (1984)
Johnson Graduate School of Management, M.B.A, Regulatory Economics (1984)
DePauw University, B.A. (1980)

Admitted to Practice

New York
Washington, DC
US Court of International Trade
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Awards and Honors

Abraham Lincoln Honor Award [US Department of Agriculture]
Cornell Law School Exemplary Public Service Award

Other Professional Experience

Senior Advisor to the Secretary, US Department of Agriculture
Director, Office of Tribal Relations, US Department of Agriculture
Co-Chair – Economic Development and Infrastructure cross-federal team, White House Council on Native American Affairs
Director, Economic Policy, National Congress of American Indians

Corporate Legal Positions:
NANA Development Corporation – Akima/Qivliq Government Contracting Companies
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Euronet Worldwide
MCI Communications Corporation/Concert Communications Joint Venture with British Telecom
IBM and IBM Credit Corporation

Professional and Community Activities

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian
• Board of Directors, NMAI New York
• National Council

Oneida Total Integrated Enterprises and Oneida OES Group
• Oneida Tribal Board Member

Cornell University – Various Alumni Committees and activities
• Cornell Law School Alumni Association Executive Board of Directors
• President’s Council of Cornell Women
• Cornell Native American Alumni Association