Christina Gagnier


Partner, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Carlton Fields LLP 


Christina Gagnier is an experienced technology lawyer whose practice focuses on cybersecurity and privacy, blockchain technology, international regulatory affairs, technology transactions, and intellectual property. Her privacy practice includes counseling clients on compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Brazil’s Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados Pessoais (General Data Protection Law - LGPD), Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), and the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), as well as data breach prevention and response.

Christina is a nationally recognized thought leader on laws governing online harassment, including nonconsensual pornography and cyberbullying. She has served on notable committees studying technological issues, including the Federal Communication Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee. She is also one of The Washington Post’s “Technology 202” listed experts in privacy.

Christina advises clients on digital strategy to help them navigate uncharted legal territory. She guides a variety of technology companies and consumer brands through emerging legal and policy issues such as digital currency, the sharing economy, network neutrality, and the ever-changing area of consumer privacy law. Her work includes crafting company compliance strategies and employee training to support compliance. As part of her compliance practice, Christina advises brands and influencers on regulatory compliance with Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices). She also represents 3-D printing businesses in regulatory compliance and transactions. Additionally, Christina handles matters involving consumer protection law compliance, including consumer scams arising during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as phishing attempts and work-from home scams.

Christina served as a member of the California attorney general’s Cyber Exploitation Task Force. In addition, she was designated as a subject-matter expert on cyber exploitation for California's Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Christina is a frequent speaker and author on issues involving internet law. She has authored articles in HuffPost’s technology section and columns on legal ethics on the web and internet law topics for California Lawyer, and she served as the host for “Techwire” on the California ChannelShe is frequently invited to join panels discussing issues such as information privacy and data, blockchain and cryptocurrency, law in the digital age, and international data regulation.

She has appeared on NBC’s “Press:Here” and CBS’ “The Doctors” and on radio stations including KCBS in San Francisco and WCCO in Minneapolis, and she has been quoted by AlterNetArs TechnicaThe AtlanticThe Boston GlobeBuzzfeed, Inc.MIT Technology ReviewMSNBCNBC NewsThe New York TimesPoliticoThe RecorderThe Mercury NewsTechCrunch, and The Verge. She is featured in the documentary about the startup world “Ctrl+Alt+Compete” and enjoyed briefly flashing across the screen in b-roll in BBC’s Steve Jobs documentary.

In her local community, Christina serves as the incoming president and member of the board of directors of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. She is also the vice president of the governing board for the Chino Valley Unified School District and was one of the first candidates for public office in the United States to accept bitcoin.

Christina is licensed to practice in California, District of Columbia, and New York. 

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