Katharine Wolanyk is a Managing Director at Burford Capital, where she leads the Chicago office as well as Burford’s IP business. Ms. Wolanyk also serves as a director on the Board of Acacia Research Corporation.
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 through 2019, and writes and speaks frequently on intellectual property issues.
Prior to joining Burford in 2015, Ms. Wolanyk was President, Chief Legal Officer and a Board member of Soverain Software, IP 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.