Kara M. Ariail is a partner in Holland & Knight's Tysons office. She practices in the area of employment law counseling and litigation. Ms. Ariail works closely with employers in a range of industries to provide ongoing counseling and training designed to minimize the risk of litigation and maximize employee retention and productivity. She regularly advises clients on a wide range of employment issues, including successful hiring, employee performance management and termination strategies; development and implementation of anti-harassment and other personnel policies; evaluating reasonable accommodation obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and state disability laws; achieving compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act; and wage and hour compliance.

When litigation cannot be avoided, Ms. Ariail represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and both federal and state courts and agencies. Ms. Ariail has defended claims of discrimination and harassment, breach of contract, defamation, negligence and wrongful termination, as well as claimed violations of both the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family and Medical Leave Act.

Ms. Ariail also assists clients in preparing, interpreting and enforcing employment, retention and termination agreements, including confidentiality and restrictive covenant agreements.



  • William & Mary Law School, J.D.
  • American University, B.A., Political Science, cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • American Bar Association 
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Greater DC Chapter, Board Member
Honors & Awards
  • Rising Star, Virginia Super Lawyers magazine, 2010-2015
  • Rising Star, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine, 2015


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