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Katharine Wolanyk is a Managing Director with responsibility for leading Burford’s global intellectual property litigation finance business. The former head of Burford’s Chicago office, Ms. Wolanyk is now based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ms. Wolanyk is an industry leader in legal finance and writes and speaks frequently on intellectual property issues. Prior to joining Burford, Ms. Wolanyk was President 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; and a systems engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company, where she worked on the radar system for the stealth bomber.  

Ms. Wolanyk graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and has a BS in engineering from Michigan State University.  

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