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Kathlyn Perez

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Kathlyn Perez is a commercial litigation and employment litigation shareholder in Baker Donelson's New Orleans office.

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Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Perez is the trusted advisor of her business clients regarding all aspects of their business operations.

In business litigation, Ms. Perez represents clients in a variety of contexts, including interest rate swap litigation, failed auction rate securities, breach of contract, securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and shareholder and partnership disputes. She regularly works on class actions and mass actions in a number of industries. She also regularly litigates business and contract disputes in a number of industries including banking, hospitality, and solar.

She also conducts internal investigations for clients with respect to allegations of discrimination, harassment, other policy violations and allegations of corporate wrongdoing. Her investigation style allows her to get to the root of employment and management-related problems, and offer realistic and achievable strategies for change.  She also conducts training on a number of employment and management related topics including implicit bias, diversity and change management.

In the employment context, in addition to day-to-day counseling and problem-solving, Ms. Perez represents clients before the EEOC and state and federal courts in individual and collective actions, defending them against charges of age, race, sex discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation. Ms. Perez also advises clients regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act, and offers creative solutions on how to address business realities while complying with Department of Labor regulations on exemptions. She defends businesses faced with individual and collective actions regarding FLSA exempt status and entitlement to overtime.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Litigation - Labor and Employment (2020)
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as a top Louisiana lawyer in the area of Labor & Employment law (2019)
  • Listed as a Louisiana Rising Star in Louisiana Super Lawyers (2013 – 2016)
  • Recipient – 2019 Emerge Summit, Millennial Award in Law
  • Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" in Labor and Employment Law by New Orleans Magazine (2019)
  • Recipient – Louisiana Appleseed 2017 Good Apple Award
  • Named to New Orleans CityBusiness 2014 Women of the Year
  • Recipient – Louisiana State Bar Association's 2009 Pro Bono Publico Award
  • Recipient – National and Louisiana Appleseed 2009 Good Apple Award
  • Recipient – Baker Donelson's 2009 Firm-Wide Pro Bono Award
  • Member – Louisiana State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association
  • Chair –New Orleans Bar Association Class Action Committee
  • Chair – Louisiana State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment (2018 – 2019)
  • Board of Directors – Louisiana Appleseed (2019 –Present)
  • Board of Directors – Second Harvest Food Bank (2015 – Present)
  • Board of Directors – Junior League of New Orleans (2018 – 2019)
  • Advisory Board – Washington and Lee University, New Orleans Alumni Chapter (President, 2014 – 2016)
  • Advisory Board – The Salvation Army New Orleans, Greater New Orleans Area Command (Member, 2007 – 2015, Chair, 2011 – 2012)
  • House Counsel – Junior League of New Orleans (2010 – 2011)
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "The Inside Scoop: Understanding and Reducing Legal Risks in the Workplace" (December 5, 2019)
  • "Implicit Bias: How to Recognize It and What Campus GCs Should Do About It," National Association of College and University Attorneys 2019 Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado (June 2019)
  • Panelist – "Time Management Tips for the Overly Engaged," Women Making Waves, Tulane University (March 2019)
  • Co-presenter – "Torts in the Workplace," 2018 Torts Seminar, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (December 2018)
  • "The Inside Scoop: Understanding and Reducing Legal Risks in the Workplace" (December 2018)
  • "Implicit Bias in the Legal Industry," Association of Legal Administrators (September 2018)
  • Co-presenter – "Employment Law Issues in the Gig Economy," ABA/EEO Committee for Liaison with EEOC, OFCCP and DOJ (April 2018)
  • Co-presenter – "Employment Issues Facing Emerging Companies," 2017 Louisiana Life Sciences and Technology Symposium (September 2017)
  • Co-presenter – "Legal Issues in Recruiting and Hiring," NBI Seminar "Human Resource Law from A to Z" (November 2016)
  • Co-presenter – "FMLA and Other Leave Issues," NBI Seminar "Human Resource Law from A to Z" (November 2015)
  • "A Winning To-Do List for Employers: Motivate, Manage and Minimize Risk (New Orleans)" (June 2016)
  • "Implicit Bias," Current Developments in Labor & Employment Law CLE hosted by Louisiana State University and the Louisiana State Bar Association (May 2016)
  • "Avoiding Social Media Abuses in the Workplace," Baton Rouge Medical Group Management Association (September 2014)
  • Co-presenter – "Shades of Gray in the FLSA," Current Developments in Labor and Employment Law CLE hosted by Louisiana State University and the Louisiana State Bar Association (March 2014)
  • "Employment Issues for Health Care Providers and Employers: ADA and Leave, Overtime, EEOC Hot Topics including Uses & Misuse of Criminal Background Checks, Social Media and HIPAA," Louisiana State Bar "Health Care Law" CLE (March 2014)

Awards

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Education

  • Tulane University Law School, J.D. with Civil Law Certificate, 2006, magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Articles Editor, Tulane Law Review
  • Washington and Lee University, B.S., 2002, cum laude

Admissions

  • Louisiana, 2006

Kathlyn Perez acts both in an advisory capacity and as defense counsel in EEOC, state and federal court proceedings. A client says: 'She provides sound advice and guided me toward solutions which were in the best interests of our company.'

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