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Christiane Cargill Kinney

725 S. Figueroa Street
Suite 350
Los Angeles, California 90017
Phone:  213.337.3214
Fax:  213.624.3755


Christiane Cargill Kinney is a partner at LeClairRyan and chair of the firm’s Entertainment Industry Team. Kinney has represented Presidential candidates, festivals, record labels, music tech start-ups, artists and more. Kinney is an award-winning singer/songwriter and a voting member of the Recording Academy, with awards and distinctions from Billboard, ASCAP, International Songwriting Competition, Global Music Awards and more. As such, her personal experience as both a recording artist and an entertainment attorney provide a unique perspective to the deal-making process. Kinney also has significant litigation experience in federal and state court, and has handled a wide array of intellectual property, business, and tort litigation matters.

Since 2011, Christiane has worked with LexisNexis® as an Author for Lexis® Practice Advisor on Entertainment Transactions. Kinney also frequently speaks on entertainment law panels and radio talk shows. As a strong supporter of education for independent artists, Kinney also writes a legal column for CD Baby’s DIY Musician blog. CD Baby, the largest online distributor of independent music, recently recognized Kinney as #1 out of their list of the Top 10 Music Law Resources to follow on Twitter, noting that “her in-the-thick-of-it perspectives carry a lot of weight.” Kinney has also been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine, and has been featured in Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year issue for her charity work in bringing music and art programs to at-risk youth.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Los Angeles, California, June 2008 – Present 
  • Wright Robinson Osthimer & Tatum, Los Angeles, California, July 1999 – June 2008 (merged with LeClairRyan)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section
  • California Lawyers for the Arts


  • AV rated by Martindale–Hubbell
  • Featured in 2011 Southern California “Super Lawyer Rising Star” issue, in Article entitled “The Entertainment Lawyer Is With The Band”
  • Recognized as a Southern California "Super Lawyer Rising Star" in 2010 and 2011
  • Featured in Glamour Magazine’s December 2005 Women of the Year issue
  • Recipient of the first Toyota Moving Forward Award in November 2005, for her ability to balance her legal career with charitable endeavors in music and the arts
  • Featured in the January 31, 2005 and November 14, 2005 Success Stories sections of the online publication, J.D. Bliss
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, at University of California at Irvine

Related Industries


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Pepperdine University School of Law, 1998
  • B.A., Psychology, Social Behavior and Music, University of California, Irvine, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • All U.S. District Courts in California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court