Ariel M. Kelly

Ariel Kelly is an experienced litigator who represents and counsels clients through all phases of civil litigation, including initiation of suit, pretrial discovery, motion practice, alternative dispute resolution, trial practice and appeal. As an associate in the firm’s Labor & Employment group, Ariel’s practice focuses on litigating and counseling employers on a broad array of employment and labor matters, including: employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, personal injury, workers’ compensation and contract disputes. Specifically, she assists employers in negotiating, drafting, reviewing and enforcing employment-related contracts and policies, including employee handbooks, non-compete/non-solicitation agreements and confidentiality agreements. She has been involved in litigation on behalf of employers in single- and multi-plaintiff cases, as well as class and collective actions, on the state and federal level.

Education & Credentials


Vanderbilt University

B.A., English and History
  • Dean’s List

Vanderbilt Law School

  • Dean’s Scholar
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll 2015- Tennessee Supreme Court

Bar Admission

  • Tennessee


  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2019

Prominent Assignments

  • Successfully represented employer resulting in the enforcement of a non-solicitation agreement against a direct competitor of client.
  • Successfully drafted Motion for Preliminary Injunction that resulted in injunctive relief for client in federal court.
  • Counseled and defended home care company as a member of its litigation team that negotiated a favorable settlement for the client.

Professional Involvement

  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Napier-Looby Bar Association
  • Lawyers’ Association for Women

Community Involvement

  • Junior League of Nashville, Advocacy Committee


  • Summer Associate, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Legal Intern, Baptist Memorial Health Care In-House Counsel
  • Legal Intern, AutoZone In-House Counsel

Court Admissions

  • 6th Cir.
  • E.D. Tenn.
  • M.D. Tenn.
  • W.D. Tenn.
  • All Tennessee State Courts
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