Katherine L. McDaniel

Senior Counsel

Katherine L. McDaniel, former Chair of the California State Bar Intellectual Property Section, is head of ACM’s Intellectual Property Department.  Prior to assuming this position, Ms. McDaniel spent decades as an Intellectual Property attorney in private practice and with the Times Mirror Company.


Ms. McDaniel has represented clients in intellectual property creation and management through trademark registrations, dispute resolution, enforcement actions and brand extensions.  She has handled all manner of licensing and sales of intellectual property assets.


Ms. McDaniel has represented numerous manufacturers in the garment industry, building products, and computer hardware and worked with clients in services of all types including new media, entertainment, software, publishing, toy and game developers, and international trade.

After graduating from Occidental College with a degree in History and with a JD and MBA from UCLA, she began her legal career at Memel, Jacobs, Pierno & Gersh where she did corporate work, handled

 her first trademark case and began to develop her intellectual property expertise.  She subsequently joined Alschuler, Grossman & Pines, becoming a partner, and then moved to the corporate world as the only Director of Intellectual Property for The Times Mirror Company.

In her years with the publishing giant, she set up and managed the company’s IP Department, working with its newspapers, book publishers and software developers across the country.  When the Chicago Tribune purchased Times Mirror, McDaniel returned to private practice.


She joined Katten to support its Entertainment Department, then moved with a group of trade lawyers to Bryan Cave to support its International Trade Department.  Then she spent 12 years at IP boutique Fulwider Patton.


Ms. McDaniel is a former Trustee of the Los Angeles Copyright Society and was named Corporate Lawyer of the Year by the Century City Bar Association during her tenure at Times Mirror.  


She enjoys historical travel, reading history, gardening, visits to Lake Arrowhead, and time with her husband, two sons and their wives.  


Admissions – California


Education – UCLA, JD and MBA • Occidental College, AB, History