Kathlyn Perez is the Founder of Perez Law LLC, a hybrid employment law and consulting firm. Kathlyn has been practicing law since 2006 and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and New Orleans Magazine as a top lawyer in area of labor and employment law. Her employment law practice includes negotiating employment contracts, counseling employers regarding employee relations issues, navigating high risk departures, severances, and settlement agreements, and investigations of allegations of harassment, discrimination and retaliation.
In her consulting practice, Kathlyn consults with businesses regarding leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and implicit bias. She has been conducting employment and diversity trainings for more than ten years, and has been researching, training, speaking, and writing about implicit bias for six years. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Kathlyn was instrumental in her firm’s Women’s Initiative Leadership team as its national Programming Co-Chair and New Orleans Committee Chair. She also served the firm-wide Diversity Committee as a DEI and implicit bias mitigation trainer across the firm’s regional footprint. As a result of this work and her experience as an employment lawyer, she developed deep insight into how companies can create and support affinity groups, train and engage employees, and transform policies and practices to strengthen DEI goals.
Kathlyn graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee University with a B.S. in Business Management and Politics, and magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Tulane University School of Law, where she served as Articles Editor of the Tulane Law Review. Kathlyn currently serves on the boards of Second Harvest Food Bank and Louisiana Appleseed and is a former Board member of The Junior League of New Orleans and former Advisory Board Chair of the Salvation Army New Orleans Area Command. Kathlyn resides in New Orleans with her husband, who is also an attorney, and their two young children.