Petrina McDaniel (B.A. ’01, J.D. ’04) is a partner at Squire Patton Boggs. She is a commercial litigator and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) whose practice uniquely blends complex litigation, regulatory compliance, and privacy counseling. Prior to Squire Patton Boggs, she was a partner in Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice and member of the Firm’s US Privacy and Data Security team.
McDaniel frequently speaks and writes on the TCPA and consumer privacy issues and is pro bono counsel for CARE USA. She serves on the advisory board of the Georgia Diversity Council and is a member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. She regularly volunteers with the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and Atlanta Legal Aid, and is a recipient of the Pro Bono and Community Service Award from Dentons’ legacy firm McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. In 2016, she received the Outstanding Board Member Award from the Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Project (WEOP).
A supporter and advocate of education, McDaniel co-founded the R.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Award, which benefits high school students graduating from her alma mater, Monroe Comprehensive High School in Albany, Georgia. The scholarship service has awarded over $30,000 in scholarships and laptop computers since its inception.
“I was taught that it’s not about who you are, but what you do with what you have. A couple of friends and I created the scholarship service in 1999 when we were sophomores in college. Though we did not have much at the time (we were on scholarship assistance ourselves), the idea was to share the little we had with those coming behind us,” she said.
She has served on the Board of Advisors of the Georgia State University Honors College for over four years, connecting students with internship opportunities in the public sector. In conjunction with the Honors College, she is establishing an annual scholarship award that will recognize high-performing, diverse, first-generation college students.
“My most rewarding philanthropic accomplishment is helping young people find their ‘aha’ moments as inflection points that shape the next chapters of their lives,” she said.
She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English and journalism from Georgia State.