Our clients have endured discrimination in the workplace. Our clients have been harassed and retaliated against. Our clients have been denied reasonable accommodations for their disabilities. Our clients are whistleblowers who have reported waste, fraud, and abuse.
It is our pleasure and privilege to work on cases like these. We only take cases where we believe we can effectuate a positive change in our clients' lives. Once we dedicate ourselves to a case, we explore every option, consider every angle, and we do not stop until we have achieved the best possible result for our clients. Anyone facing a problem in the workplace deserves nothing less. We believe everyone is entitled to a just and equitable workplace.
December 23, 2017
Why Doesn't Congress Play by the Same Rules?
"Imagine if people accused of sexual harassment got to choose whether they would face consequences for their misconduct, and that victims would be prohibited from discussing their experiences with anyone outside their immediate family. Unfortunately, to the detriment of countless victims, this has been the precise system for addressing allegations of sexual harassment in Congress for the past 20 years."
Read Rosalind Herendeen's entire opinion piece in The Hill: Why doesn’t Congress play by the same rules when it comes to sexual harassment?
December 15, 2017
Wilkenfeld: 'My Client is Terrified' She'll Be Identified in Case Against Matt Lauer
Ari Wilkenfeld sits down with NBC TODAY to discuss the case.
November 29, 2017
Wilkenfeld Represents Client in Case Against 'Today' Anchor Matt Lauer
Wilkenfeld, Herendeen & Atkinson is honored and privileged to represent the courageous woman who brought the first allegation against Matt Lauer to NBC on Monday night. Ari Wilkenfeld described NBC's reaction following the meeting as, "encouraging."
November 14, 2017
Trump Administration Whistleblower Sues DOI
On behalf of WHA client Joel Clement, Katherine Atkinson filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior today due to DOI's failure to respond to Joel's requests for records under the Freedom of Information Act. Members of Congress have also requested records related to the mass reassignment of members of the Senior Executive Service in June, and DOI has refused to produce the records to Senators, Representatives, or individuals affected.
September 27, 2017
Zinke says his workers are disloyal. They say his personnel moves break the law.
"As Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke blasted many within his department for being disloyal to the Trump administration’s agenda this week, the agency’s inspector general’s office continued a probe into whether officials acted inappropriately when they abruptly reassigned dozens of senior workers." Read more.
July 19, 2017
WHA Client Blows the Whistle on Trump Administration
Department of the Interior Senior Executive Joel Clement filed a whistleblower retaliation complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. Read Mr. Clement's opinion piece in The Washington Post to learn more about it, and download the complaint below.
Meet the Team
Ari Wilkenfeld is a seasoned employment law litigator and trial attorney who has worked as both a management-side labor lawyer, and, for the past 18 years, as a plaintiffs'-side employment attorney. He has extensive experience litigating in federal and state courts, as well as before the EEOC, the Merit System Protection Board 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.
Rosalind H. Herendeen
Prior to co-founding Wilkenfeld, Herendeen & Atkinson with Ari Wilkenfeld, Ms. Herendeen was an associate attorney at The Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, where she concentrated on representing private-sector and federal employees in claims of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment. Ms. Herendeen has further litigated cases on behalf of employees subjected to such adverse employment actions as terminations, suspensions, demotions, and failures to promote. Ms. Herendeen has experience representing employees in federal court and before administrative bodies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board.
Katherine Atkinson litigates employment law cases and advises clients on employment law matters. Dating back to her early work as a law student, she has devoted her practice to ending discrimination in the workplace. Over the past ten years, she has successfully litigated cases involving every legal basis for discrimination. Ms. Atkinson regularly practices before the federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and arbitrators. In addition to advocating for employees, Ms. Atkinson advises employers on successful management practices, including how to avoid liabilities and amicably resolve complaints without protracted litigation.
Meghan Droste is a senior associate, focusing on the representation of both federal and private sector employees in discrimination matters. Ms. Droste has represented employees before administrative bodies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in state and federal court. She has experience before federal courts of appeals, and with appeals to the EEOC’s Office of Federal Operations.
Lauren Naylor is an associate, focusing on the representation of both federal and private sector employees in discrimination matters. Ms. Naylor has represented employees before administrative bodies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in state and federal court.