Kathleen Peratis is a partner in the New York law firm Outten & Golden LLP, practicing employment law. She is a founding board member of J Street, founding chair of the Women's Right Division of Human Rights Watch and occasional columnist for the Forward.

Peratis was the second director of the ACLU Women's Rights Project, succeeding Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She left the ACLU in 1979 to join a new law partnership which focused on civil rights and civil liberties and is now a partner in a 28-lawyer firm that limits its practice to the representation of individuals with employment related claims. Hers has been a particular focus on claims of discrimination, sexual abuse and hostile environment. She has been president of the New York Civil Liberties Union.