Katharine Wolanyk is a Managing Director at Burford, where she leads the Chicago office as well as Burford's IP business.
Ms. Wolanyk’s career spans the business, legal and engineering arenas, with a particular focus in intellectual property. She was named a World’s Leading IP Strategist by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and writes and speaks frequently on intellectual property issues. Prior to joining Burford, Ms. Wolanyk was President, Chief Legal Officer and a Board member of Soverain Software, an enterprise software company whose patent portfolio has been licensed extensively in the software and Internet retailing industries. Ms. Wolanyk also was intellectual property counsel to a publicly traded IT solutions firm, General Counsel of a managed hosting provider, Senior Vice President of corporate development at a publicly traded enterprise software company, a corporate attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP, and a systems engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company.
Ms. Wolanyk earned her JD from the University of Chicago Law School, and a BS in engineering from Michigan State University. She has served on the University of Chicago Law School Visiting Committee and on the Board of Managers of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.