Christina Gagnier

Christina Gagnier
Attorney, Gagnier Margossian LLP


Christina Gagnier leads the Intellectual Property, Internet & Technology practice at Gagnier Margossian LLP. 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 REALPOLITECH, a digital public relations and web strategy consultancy.

Gagnier consults technology firms 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 public publication, Running Cases Through a Merck Sieve: Biopharmaceutical Research in the Wake of Merck v. Integra, discusses 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 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, 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.

Gagnier has several forthcoming publications, with a piece on social media and crisis communications in PRNews‘ 2010 Crisis Management Guidebook. Her latest article, On Privacy, will appear in the Journal of High Technology Law in 2011.

Christina blogs in the Technology section of The Huffington Post and is a columnist on legal ethics on the web for California Lawyer. She is frequently invited to sit on panels discussing issues like Information Privacy, law in the digital age, Government 2.0 and citizen engagement. She has also been a guest commentator on TV shows like Russia Today’s CrossTalk and NBC’s Press:Here, on radio stations such as KCBS in San Francisco, and has also been quoted by MSNBC, The Atlantic and The New York Times.

Gagnier earned a B.A. in Political Science and 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.


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