Friday, March 17, 2017
Catherine Lacavera

The Faculty of Law congratulates alumna Catherine Lacavera, JD/MBA 2001, who will receive an honorary doctor of laws from the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering in June.  After four years at White & Case LLP in New York City, Lacavera joined Google in 2005. An internationally renowned leader in intellectual property law, Lacavera has led lawyer teams in successfully defending thousands of patent and other global intellectual property claims as director of IP and litigation for Google Inc. Her tenacious work has affirmed the legality and ensured the continued availability of a free and open Internet, user-generated content platforms, content streaming and many other innovative technologies.

Some of the many high-profile, complex licenses and acquisitions case she has advised on include: the acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion; the acquisition of Nest for $3.2 billion; the sale of Motorola Home to Arris for $2.2 billion; and the $490-million multi-party license with Tivo.

Fortune magazine named her one of its “40 Under 40” in 2013, and called her “Google’s secret weapon in the smartphone wars.”

A volunteer on various advisory boards at the university, Lacavera is a three-time graduate of the University of Toronto. In addition to her law degree, she has a degree in computer engineering and an MBA.