Hedger & Walter, LLP
Our Legal Success
Hedger & Walter, LLP provides legal services to coastside businesses, nonprofits and California benefit corporations. Founders Deb Hedger and Jenny Walter are attorneys with more than 20 years experience each.
Legal Advocacy and Social Justice
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Our Legal Practices
Benefit Corporation Law
Choice of Entity, Annual Reporting, Governance, Data Security, Bylaws, Policies, Training
Human Resources and Employment Law
Human Resources, FMLA, ADA, LGBTQ Rights, Employee Handbooks, COVID-19 Compliance, Wage Compliance, Harassment, Discrimination, Employee Drug Use, Cybersecurity, Training
Joint Jurisdictional Courts,
Indian Child Welfare Act, Training, Facilitation
Hedger & Walter Law Firm is committed to helping tribes, courts, governmental agencies, local businesses, benefit corporations, and nonprofits achieve their vision to serve their communities. Our team brings legal expertise, consensus-building experience, and problem-solving skills to achieve concrete results.
We are guided by core goals and values. We listen and work with our clients to achieve their goals, whether those are inter-governmental, inter-agency, within an organization or to engage and strengthen business relationships within the community.
What some of our clients say:
The Yurok Tribal Court has greatly benefited from the collaboration court(s) established by Jenny (Ms. Walter); she masterfully pulled the courts and supporting agencies together to the great benefit of our tribal and non-tribal communities.
—Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge, Yurok Tribal Court
Hedger & Walter has been a godsend to our public benefit corporation. Even though we are a small company, we have some complex legal needs. Jenny and Deb provide prompt and accurate guidance, expert legal agreements, and assistance in negotiation where needed. They have become an integral part of our team.
—Rich Klein, CEO and CFO of CNGI
(owner of Half Moon Bay Review and Pacifica Tribune)
Native Americans have experienced barriers in the areas of justice for decades. With the assistance and guidance of Jenny Walter, numerous Tribal organizations, governments, and Tribal courts have benefited from her experience and background with training, relationship-building, and most importantly, expanding Tribal justice systems across the country.
—Richard Blake, Chief Judge and President,
National American Indian Court Judges Association
Who We Are
Among her roles, Deb Hedger is In-House Counsel for Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, Inc. (KMM), in Killdeer, North Dakota. KMM is a leading manufacturer of electronic components for aerospace and military industries. Deb specializes in employment law at KMM.
Deb is a former staff attorney of the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in San Francisco and represented men and women under sentence of death in California. She has an extensive background representing indigent clients in juvenile delinquency, abuse and neglect, and criminal appellate cases. She is also a former staff attorney at the Center for Children, Families and the Courts at the Judicial Council of California, located in San Francisco.
Deb has more than 10 years experience specifically in nonprofit and business law. In addition, she is an emeritus director of the Cabrillo Education Foundation in Half Moon Bay.
Jenny Walter has extensive experience with nonprofits, community interactions, and addressing complex issues relating to tribal court-state court collaboration. She has ten years of experience providing legal services to children as well as career- and college-readiness service to youth. She has a passion and commitment to engaging communities, strengthening relationships, and elevating issues through an equity lens.
Jenny’s legal career includes twenty years at the California Judicial Council. There, she led a statewide tribal-needs assessment, obtained funding for and launched a unit focused on tribal/state/county relations, initiated and consulted on the documentary, Tribal Justice, served as lead counsel to the California Tribal Court-State Court Forum, and also developed statewide policies relating to children, youth, families and concurrent jurisdiction of tribal and state courts.
Jenny serves as a tribal appellate judge for the Northern California Tribal Court Coalition. She was the first co-chair of the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission and served on the commission for five years. She is currently a task force member of the Coastside Recovery Initiative as well as the vice president and founding member of CoastPride in Half Moon Bay.