40 under 40

Our 2013 edition of the list features young hotshots who are rocking businesses as diverse as air travel, natural gas, and genetic coding, as well as—if you can believe it— government.

18. Catherine Lacavera

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  • Age: 38
  • Title: Director of Litigation
  • Company: Google

Google's secret weapon in the smartphone wars is attorney Lacavera, who joined the company in 2005 and has built Google's intellectual-property litigation team and established its aggressive defense strategy. She oversaw Google's 2012 victory over Oracle's IP attack on Android (Oracle has appealed); twice her team has triumphed against Viacom in long-running copyright litigation; and she also advised on Google's $12.5 billion Motorola Mobility acquisition in 2012. In June she negotiated a $490 million multiparty settlement with TiVo.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated September 30 2013 03:41 PM ET
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