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Ariel M. Kelly

Associate, Nashville
t: 615.488.2920
f: 615.488.2900


Ariel is an associate in the firm’s Nashville office. She defends employers in labor and employment matters, building upon a unique combination of experience in plaintiff-side and management-side defense litigation.  She leverages her previous experience as an attorney for both plaintiffs and employers to provide thoughtful and effective solutions to address her clients’ needs. 

On the management side, she has counseled and defended clients on a wide variety of labor and employment matters, including claims of: wage-and-hour violations, employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment, hostile work environment, wrongful termination and contractual disputes.  She litigates these claims on behalf of employers in single and multi-plaintiff cases, as well as class and collective actions, on the state and federal level.  In addition to litigating claims in court, Ariel prepares and defends clients facing charges and investigations by state and federal agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.  She also has experience negotiating, drafting, reviewing and enforcing employment-related contracts and policies, including employee handbooks, non-compete/non-solicitation agreements and confidentiality agreements. 

Some of Ariel’s most notable successes include:

  • Enforcing a non-compete and confidentiality agreement against a client’s direct competitor;
  • Obtaining multiple dismissals of administrative charges of alleged discrimination and labor law violations through the investigating agency’s issuance of a “no reasonable cause” finding; and
  • Obtaining plaintiff’s voluntary non-suit of a lawsuit after the conclusion of the plaintiff’s deposition.

Outside of court, Ariel assists employers in their training, compliance and prevention efforts.  She is a frequent presenter on employment law considerations for engaging gig workers and has authored an article on the subject. 

Honors & Leadership

Professional Activities

  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Napier-Looby Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra – Board Member
  • Junior League of Nashville – Diversity & Inclusion Committee




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