McDaniel among those honored as 2019 Women of Influence

COLUMBIA, SC – Kathleen McDaniel, a founding partner of Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, is among 25 leaders selected for 2019 Women of Influence honors.

Presented annually by the Columbia Regional Business Report, the award recognizes professionals who are striving to make the Midlands a better place. Candidates are evaluated based on business accomplishments, community service and other unique qualifications. A panel of judges then narrows the list of nominees to determine the final recipients.

This year’s 25 Women of Influence represent a variety of fields, including real estate, architecture, education, philanthropy and the law.

McDaniel’s work focuses on environmental law and government law. A skilled litigator, she also represents clients before a range of administrative and regulatory agencies. She works with businesses large and small on issues such as permitting, land use, zoning, eminent domain and annexation.

McDaniel’s background lets her offer clients a unique mix of skills. In addition to her legal abilities, she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in scientific fields. She’s served in the government sector as a member of the Richland County Planning Commission. Many issues her clients face require her to call on all three skillsets to help them resolve often-complex problems.

McDaniel is deeply involved in the community as well, serving in leadership positions in neighborhood groups and civic organizations. She’s worked regularly with a pro bono program that helps the homeless with legal issues.

McDaniel has received awards for her work in environmental law and for her community service. These include the Compleat Lawyer Silver Award, which is the top honor the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association bestows on alumni.

Columbia Regional Business Report profiled McDaniel and the other Women of Influence in its Aug. 12 edition. Tickets are available for an Aug. 22 luncheon honoring the recipients.