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ABOUT CHRISTINA

Christina Gagnier leads the Internet, Intellectual Property & 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 a member of the Federal Communication Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee andserved as part of 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, focusing on providing legal counsel for emerging businesses and providing resources for victims of cyber exploitation.

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, USA Today, 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 Price School of Public Policy and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.

Gagnier is admitted to practice in California and 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 serves as the Chief Executive Officer of TRAIL.

Gagnier is currently working on a book. Christina ran for the United States House of Representatives in 2014. If you ever need to find her, start with Twitter.

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What I Do


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What I Do


Partner, Gagnier Margossian LLP

Since 2006, I have been a partner at Gagnier Margossian LLP. Our firm is a hybrid law and public affairs firm. As partner of the Internet, Intellectual Property and Technology practice, I oversee our Information Privacy and IP Litigation offerings to our clients. My specialty is building privacy programs from the ground up, with a specialization in international privacy law and children's privacy.

Chief Executive Officer, TRAIL

My segue from the civic engagement space led to working on digital literacy issues at TRAIL. TRAIL has done everything from build online platforms to teach people how to use the Internet to starting advocacy campaigns like #ItsEasierThanYouThink. TRAIL is currently undergoing a transition to a non-profit, with a focus on the adoption of digital literacy policy and securing funding for digital literacy learning in the United States and abroad.

Adjunct Faculty, University of California Irvine School of Law

In addition to my private practice, I am an Adjunct Faculty member at UCI Law. I teach Privacy and Security in the Modern World and serve as Adjunct Clinical Faculty for the Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic. The focus of this work is directing students in the provision of startup counsel for companies who may be slightly non-traditional and not have access to a lawyer. Additionally, the Clinic works on issues relating to online harassment and cyber exploitation, providing some services for Without My Consent and independently creating resources for victims of these civil and criminal actions.

Board of Directors, Without My Consent

I serve on the Board of Directors for Without My Consent, an organization dedicated to providing information to victims of online harassment. As a practitioner in court dealing with these issues, non-consensual pornography and rampant harassment are simply new tools used to abuse others. The work of this organization is critical is bringing awareness to this issue as well as making sure victims have a place to visit online to figure out what they can do should find themselves subject to cyber exploitation.

Politics

I started volunteering on political campaigns in college and working in grassroots organizing in the higher education space. College affordability is extremely important to me. I was privileged to work at Mobilize.org during the 2008 election cycle as the Chief Information Officer. In 2014, I found myself facing an open seat in my Congressional district and ran for Congress in CA-35. I was also in a race for State Assembly in 2015, but decided to pursue other opportunities. Stay tuned for what's next.

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policy work


“My campaign is particularly focused on meeting voters where they are at, whether that’s showing up on their doorstep to see how I can help or accepting a currency like bitcoin as a way to engage someone in the campaign.”

-CoinDesk Interview, 2014 Congressional Campaign

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policy work


“My campaign is particularly focused on meeting voters where they are at, whether that’s showing up on their doorstep to see how I can help or accepting a currency like bitcoin as a way to engage someone in the campaign.”

-CoinDesk Interview, 2014 Congressional Campaign

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in the news


“We need a national focus to end the remaining digital divide so that the Internet can provide an economic boost to all Americans. The return of American ingenuity and the American spirit in the 21st Century will be directly connected to whether people are able to effectively use simple tools to send emails and submit online jobs applications. Let’s not rest on our laurels until all Americans have the ability to utilize the essential tools that are available on the Internet.”

- San Jose Mercury News, 2013

 

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in the news


“We need a national focus to end the remaining digital divide so that the Internet can provide an economic boost to all Americans. The return of American ingenuity and the American spirit in the 21st Century will be directly connected to whether people are able to effectively use simple tools to send emails and submit online jobs applications. Let’s not rest on our laurels until all Americans have the ability to utilize the essential tools that are available on the Internet.”

- San Jose Mercury News, 2013