Merchant & Gould Partner Karen D. McDaniel Honored As 2012 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer

January 10, 2013

Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that Karen D. McDaniel has been selected as a 2012 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer. Attorneys are selected based on their leadership, involvement in major cases or other newsworthy events, excellence in corporate or transactional services and public service.

“Karen is an exceptional lawyer and a valued partner of Merchant & Gould,” said CEO and Managing Director Brian H. Batzli. “We are glad to see her many contributions to the legal community recognized. On behalf of the entire firm, I want to congratulate her on this honor.”

McDaniel spent the last two decades helping clients enforce and defend their intellectual property rights through litigation. A veteran of more than 40 lawsuits involving IP, Karen has been entrusted with matters of significant economic impact to her clients. She has secured damage 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 confidential settlements and license agreements. Her practice is national in scope, and she has appeared in courtrooms across the country. Her areas of experience include patent infringement trials, trademark infringement trials, and trade secret trials.

Minnesota Lawyer is the state’s only independent newspaper and online resource dedicated to reporting on the practice of law in Minnesota. The newspaper will host an awards program February 21, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis to recognize the 2012 Attorneys of the Year and will publish a special section highlighting the honorees.