Christina Gagnier leads the Intellectual Property, Internet & Technology practice at Gagnier Margossian LLP, with a specialization in social media, copyright and information privacy. A member of the State Bar of California, Gagnier has been active in the field of intellectual property since 2002. Gagnier serves as the Chief Executive Officer of TRAIL, managing platforms like JobScout.
Gagnier also serves as a member of the Federal Communication Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee and California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Cyber-Exploitation Task Force. In addition to her practice, Gagnier is also Adjunct Faculty at the University of California at Irvine School of Law, teaching privacy law and joining on 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 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 TV 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, serves as the host for TechWire on the California Channel, is a columnist on legal ethics on the web and Internet law topics for California Lawyer, has been a contributor to CBS News’ What’s Trending and was previously a host on This Week in Cause and TechZulu Law.
She is frequently invited to sit on panels discussing issues like Information Privacy and Data, law in the digital age, Government 2.0 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, 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 the 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 and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.
Gagnier is admitted to practice in California, the U.S. District Court- Central, Southern and Northern Districts of California. She sits on the Board of Directors of Without My Consent, tackling issues like online harassment and revenge porn. Christina is also an accredited attorney with the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs to help veterans with claims.
Gagnier is currently working on a book about hacker rights. Christina ran for the United States House of Representatives in 2014. If you ever need to find her, start with Twitter.