Catharine O’Daniel has been continuously engaged in the private practice of criminal defense for over 26 years. For nearly the length of her career, Catharine has been a proud member of NACDL. Catharine’s office is based in Chicago and her practice focuses on criminal defense and appellate work throughout the United States. Catharine has tried numerous cases to verdict in state and federal courts across the nation.
Catharine was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1993. She is admitted to practice in federal courts in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, and Texas and has been granted pro hac vice status to practice in several states, including North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, New Mexico, Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia, Minnesota and Tennessee. Catharine is also admitted to practice in the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Catharine has represented numerous high-profile clients including politicians, athletes, businessmen, attorneys, professors, physicians, and musicians. Leading Lawyers has named Catharine one of Illinois’s Top 10 criminal defense attorneys. But Catharine is equally proud of her pro bono efforts. In 2015, Catharine was awarded the NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall Award for gaining an acquittal for a young man charged with first degree murder who waited six years in the Cook County Jail for his trial. Catharine’s work in that case was featured in the book “Long Way Home.” She has also been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Magazine, The Chicago Reader, Hyde Park Herald, Chicago Live and WGN.
In addition to NACDL, Catharine is also actively involved with the Chicago Inn of Court and the WCDBA in Chicago.
Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
This masterful collection of cross-examination resources provide countless tips, techniques and strategies for a variety of criminal case-specific scenarios. Learn to cross-examine a variety of trial witnesses!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!