Katherine Imp graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2009 and joined Ramo Law in 2016. During law school, Ms. Imp was a member and associate editor of the University of Illinois Law Review and President of the Women’s Law Society.
Ms. Imp began her law practice as a litigation associate in the Chicago office of Segal, McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd. After realizing her true passion was entertainment, Ms. Imp transitioned her practice to transactional, entertainment matters while at Segal McCambridge by taking on pro bono clients through Chicago’s not-for-profit organization, Lawyers for the Creative Arts. In 2014, Ms. Imp moved to Los Angeles to expand her entertainment practice, and soon thereafter, accepted a position with Cummins & Associates, Ltd. to launch its first California-based office. At this law firm, Ms. Imp specialized in corporate formation, film finance and production legal matters for independent film productions.
Ms. Imp’s interest in entertainment law stems from her decision to make a documentary feature (Beauty Beneath the Dirt) of her 2000-mile Appalachian Trail hike from Georgia to Maine in 2010 – a film for which she launched a 45-venue national film tour, obtained digital and foreign distribution, and learned what it meant to be a director and executive producer.
Ms. Imp graduated magna cum laude in 2006 from the University of Maryland, College Park, with an honors certificate from the Gemstone Honors Program (a 4-year research program for the top 2% of incoming students). Ms. Imp graduated a semester early to work as a Wilderness Instructor for Outward Bound’s at-risk youth program prior to attending law school.
Honors and Awards:
Ms. Imp’s achievements in entertainment have resulted in her being named to the 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars List (top 2.5% of IL lawyers under 40) and to the 2015 and 2016 California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List (top 2.5% of CA lawyers under 40).
Ms. Imp has guest lectured on entertainment-related matters at several colleges and universities, including USC, Pepperdine University School of Law; University of Illinois College of Law, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and UNC Asheville.
Outside of her legal practice, Ms. Imp writes a monthly, entertainment law column for SCREEN Magazine entitled, “Street Legal“.
Ms. Imp serves as the Communications Chair for the Intellectual Property, Internet and New Media Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in both Illinois and California. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and Women in Film.