Christina Gagnier

Christina Gagnier leads the Internet, Intellectual Property & Technology practice at Gagnier Margossian LLP, with a specialization in information privacy, copyright, international regulatory affairs and technology transactions. Gagnier has been active in the field of intellectual property since 2002.

Gagnier has served as a member of the Federal Communication Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee and California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Cyber-Exploitation Task Force. Christina has been a subject matter expert on Cyber Exploitation to California's Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

In addition to her practice, Gagnier is Adjunct Faculty at the University of California at Irvine School of Law, teaching privacy law and serving as clinical faculty for the Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic.

Gagnier consults technology companies on policy issues ranging from patent law reform to communications issues, such as Network Neutrality. Gagnier's specialization is in guiding clients through the "Wild West" of legal issues, whether virtual currency, the sharing economy or the ever-changing space of consumer privacy law.

Gagnier’s primary research concerns issues of cyber rights and the intersection of on and offline action. Her most recent academic publication, On Privacy: Liberty in the Digital Revolution, contains analysis of the impacts of our behavior online on society’s legal privacy rights. In 2008, she published, Running Cases Through a Merck Sieve: Biopharmaceutical Research in the Wake of Merck v. Integra, discussing the legal and political impacts of the 2005 Supreme Court decision and the reaction of the circuit courts.

Gagnier has customized Gagnier Margossian LLP’s technology practice to broadly serve the needs of “startups.” Working with artists, web writers and producers, Internet companies and mobile application developers, Gagnier provides digital strategy advising to clients who are often times navigating uncharted legal territory. Gagnier’s background and continued practice in digital public relations and crisis communications through Gagnier Margossian’s sister public relations agency, REALPOLITECH, allows the firm’s clients to benefit from a broad range of services related to legal issue management.

Gagnier researched at Stanford Law School for Professor Lawrence Lessig, working on Code 2.0 and Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. In 2008, Gagnier coordinated the symposium The Toll Roads? The Legal and Political Debate over Net Neutrality at the University of San Francisco. Gagnier also served as the Chief Information Officer at Mobilize.org, a national civic engagement organization dedicated to Millennial Generation advocacy and public policy.

Gagnier manages Gagnier Margossian LLP’s alternative dispute resolution practice, specializing in intellectual property, media, the arts and technology. Her legal and policy expertise provides a unique perspective to what is an emerging field in the area of intellectual property. She holds a minor in Conflict Resolution from the University of California, Irvine, and is a certified mediator in the State of California.

Christina blogs in the Technology section of The Huffington Post, has served as the host for TechWire on the California Channel, has been a columnist on legal ethics on the web and Internet law topics for California Lawyer. She is frequently invited to sit on panels discussing issues like information privacy and data, law in the digital age, international data regulation and citizen engagement. She has been a guest commentator on TV shows like Russia Today’s CrossTalk and The Aloyna Show, CCTV’s Biz Asia America and NBC’s Press:Here, on radio stations such as KCBS in San Francisco and WCCO in Minnesota and has been quoted by MSNBC, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, Politico, Ars Technica, TechCrunch, Inc.com, The San Jose Mercury News, The Verge, The Recorder and The New York Times. She is featured in the documentary about the startup world Crtl+Alt+Compete and enjoyed briefly flashing up on the screen in some b-roll in BBC’s Steve Jobs documentary.

Gagnier was one of Broadband for America’s 2013 Faces of Innovation and led the digital literacy startup TRAIL to the 2013 TechCrunch Startup Battlefield.

Gagnier earned a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.

Good to know

Job Types Partner
Areas of Practice 1) Internet and 2) Intellectual Property & Technology
Law School University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D.,2008)
Education University of Southern California (M.P.A.,2007);UC Irvine (B.A.,2004)
Bar Member / Association California State Bar Association
Most recent firm Gagnier Margossian LLP
LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/gagnier/
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