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Ari Wilkenfeld

A seasoned employment law litigator and trial attorney with more than 20 years of experience representing victims of discrimination
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The University of Pennsylvania School of Law, J.D.

Syracuse University, B.A.

Ari Wilkenfeld is a seasoned litigator and trial attorney who has worked as a plaintiff-side employment attorney for more than 20 years. He has represented victims of sexual harassment and discrimination in a number of high-profile cases, including the case against Matt Lauer in 2016.  The National Law Journal described Ari’s work on the Lauer case as “the latest advocacy in a decades-long career fighting for victims of alleged harassment and retaliation.”

Described by Esquire Magazine as a “famously determined civil rights lawyer,” Ari has extensive experience litigating in federal and state courts, as well as before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Merit System Protection Board (MSPB), and various arbitration groups. He has represented thousands of individuals in cases against their former or current employers. His clients come from all walks of life and from a broad range of industries. Ari has represented professionals, including high-level executives, investment bankers, hair salon stylists, fencing and dance instructors, commission-based sales professionals, actors, journalists, human resources professionals, university professors, as well as a wide range of federal employees, including everything from Custom Border Protection officers to food and safety inspectors.

Before joining the firm, Ari co-founded Wilkenfeld, Herendeen & Atkinson with Rosalind Herendeen in 2013.  He was also a founding partner of Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP.

In March 2006, Ari was the co-recipient of a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association. The Citation commends Ari for his “commitment to fighting on behalf of psychologists and others who have faced unjust discrimination, sexual harassment, and psychological intimidation in corporate, educational, and governmental settings.” The Citation praises Ari as being “among the best employment lawyers in the nation.”

Ari received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University in 1993. He received a J.D. degree from The University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1997, where he served as a Senior Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law and an Associate Editor for the Comparative Labor Law Journal. He was a Legal Writing Instructor, a Legal Research Fellow, and a member of The University of Pennsylvania Law School’s National Mock Trial Team.

Ari is barred in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is an active member of the bars of the D.C. Circuit, the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also an active member of the American Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association, and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association.

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They were total professionals and were able to assist in a complex issue towards a successful resolution.
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Thank you for a job well done. I highly recommend this firm. they are great!
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The firm promptly took my call and set up a consultation with one of their partners - Ari Wilkenfeld. From the start, I felt comfortable sharing my experience and received excellent legal advice and moral support throughout the entire ordeal. I really appreciated that Ari was able to keep up with rapidly changing situation - he quickly responded to me and set up calls to discuss the best path forward with very little notice. He was also conscientious of the fact that I do not have a bottomless wallet, did his best to keep costs affordable for me, and honestly laid out potential financial obligations that would arise from the various legal paths open to me.


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