University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., Cum Laude

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
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Karen McDaniel is co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property section. She has spent the last 25 years assisting clients with intellectual property matters. Karen is a registered patent attorney with a background in chemistry.

Litigation Experience
A veteran of more than 50 lawsuits involving IP, Karen has been entrusted with cases having significant economic impact to her clients. She has secured damages awards on behalf of clients totaling several hundred millions of dollars (in reported decisions), and has recovered or helped her clients to avoid paying many times that amount in defense verdicts and confidential settlements and license agreements. Karen’s teams have a 4-0 win record at trial on cases where the amount in dispute exceeds $50 million dollars.

Her litigation practice is national in scope, and she has appeared in courtrooms across the country. Her areas of expertise include patent infringement trials, trademark infringement trials and trade secret trials.

Karen's previous experience as in-house litigation counsel to the largest medical device manufacturer in the world means she understands litigation from the client’s point of view and employs client-driven values in her practice today.

Counseling/Transactional Experience
Karen engages in high-level strategic counseling around IP issues with clients of all sizes. She works to ensure that each company is using intellectual property rights in a way that enhances its unique business objectives. Her work includes development of worldwide patent and trademark portfolios, licensing in and out technology, and structure and negotiation of joint development and partnering agreements. Karen also has experience in M&A support, addressing intellectual property and information technology issues related to the merger, acquisition and divestiture of businesses.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Top Rated Lawyer, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2012
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans
  • Madison’s Who’s Who
  • Fellow, American Bar Association
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association


Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Former Fellow

Minnesota Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Former Member

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