Lacavera, Catherine

Catherine-Lacavera-webCatherine Lacavera’s (ECE 9T7) legal career has involved some of the world’s largest technology companies. She joined Google Inc. in 2005 as patent counsel, then litigation counsel before being appointed director of IP and litigation. She oversees a team of 150 attorneys, technical advisors and paralegals, overseeing a global litigation docket that has included more than 1,000 patent and other intellectual property matters. She has also played a key role in supporting education and diversity in the legal community through organizations such as the California Women Lawyer In-House Counsel Network and the Women in Law Empowerment Forum. In 2016, she received an Arbor Award and an Honourary Doctorate from the University of Toronto in recognition of her volunteer service with the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. She has also delivered a number of inspirational keynote addresses on behalf of the Faculty, including at the Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) annual national conference in 2013 and more recently at the 2017 Convocation ceremony where she was bestowed an honorary degree.