I'm a lawyer
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About Christina Gagnier
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 Adjunct Faculty at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, teaching privacy law.
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.
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 served as the Chief Information Officer at Mobilize.org, a national civic engagement organization dedicated to Millennial Generation advocacy and public policy.
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, Inc.com, The Recorder, The San Jose Mercury News 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 District of California and the U.S. District Court- Northern District 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 US Department of Veteran’s Affairs to help veterans with claims.
Gagnier is currently working on a book. If you ever need to find her, start with Twitter.
Helping People Discover the Internet
My passion lies in civic engagement. A cornerstone of engagement is access, and technology access is an endemic issue in this country. Five years ago, I started TRAIL, a education technology company dedicated to teaching people how to use the Internet and propelling advocacy around the issue of digital literacy.
We have built a digital literacy learning tool, JobScout, manage the It'sEasierThanYouThink campaign and consult on digital literacy learning and curriculum development. Starting in 2016, it is my goal to work to get a digital literacy policy adopted in every state and work towards a national policy. We have to commit to getting the 60 million Americans who don't use the Internet online.
Interview with LA's CIO
Love that cities are getting smart on data and tech.
Techwire In Studio
I've been hosting TechWire
for four years.
Interview with Intel Futurist
What a cool job!
Faces of Innovation Award
I was honored to be one of Broadband for America's
Faces of Innovation.
Getting interviewed about Digital Literacy in California.
TechCrunch Disrupt Pitch
My company TRAIL competed in TC Disrupt 2013.
Without My Consent
Without My Consent empowers victims of egregious online privacy violations to lead the fight against online harassment. We document the law as it is. We identify obstacles to justice. We train lawyers, law enforcement, and advocates. We engage in solutions-oriented work with industry and government. We stand for free speech, privacy, due process, and equality in a digital world.
It'sEasierThanYouThink sets out to raise awareness about the social issue of digital literacy, address the access, economic and education factors that contribute to the digital divide and a call to action for a national adoption of digital literacy programs. It'sEasierThanYouThink is an initiative of TRAIL.
I will be teaching Privacy and Security in the Modern Age in Spring 2016 and joining on as clinical faculty for the Intellectual Property, Arts and Technology Clinic. I am thrilled to be back at UCI.
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IEForward was born out of a simple need for the Inland Empire: a space to support much-needed conversations and collaboration around making the Inland Empire an economic success story. IEForward was created as a resource for professionals living in the Inland Empire to be informed on issues affecting the Inland Empire.