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Matt Lauer in New York. (Wiki Commons file: May 2009)

Ari Wilkenfeld, a longtime civil rights and employment lawyer in Washington, is representing the woman who brought sexual misconduct claims this week against NBC “Today” show host Matt Lauer, fired just days after the allegations were made.

Wilkenfeld confirmed to The National Law Journal on Wednesday that he brought the woman’s claims to NBC’s human resources and legal department. He declined to discuss the claims against Lauer, name the victim or otherwise say how his firm—Wilkenfeld, Herendeen & Atkinson—first got involved. He co-founded the firm in 2013.


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Wilkenfeld’s meeting with NBC marked the latest advocacy in a decades-long career fighting for victims of alleged harassment and retaliation. Wilkenfeld, for nearly two decades, has been a plaintiff-side attorney specializing in employment discrimination, employment contracts and noncompete issues. He earlier worked on management-side cases.

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