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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


Ms. Kinney focuses her practice on music law transactions, intellectual property litigation, and labor and employment litigation. 

On the music and intellectual property side, Kinney regularly handles high profile litigation matters, and has represented Presidential candidates, recording artists and their estates, music tech start-ups, published authors, visual artists and more in copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and contract cases.  Kinney’s practice also includes consulting and negotiating deals related to artist copyrights, trademarks and exploitation of their brand. Kinney is Chair of LeClairRyan’s Entertainment Industry Team, and an award-winning singer/songwriter, with awards and distinctions from Billboard, ASCAP, International Songwriting Competition, Global Music Awards, and more.  Her personal experience as both a recording artist and an entertainment attorney provides a unique perspective to the deal-making process.

On the labor and employment side, Kinney regularly defends companies against wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment involving race, ethnicity, age, national origin, disability, religion, gender, and sexual orientation.  She also defends companies against administrative charges filed with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, including claims filed under the Talent Agencies Act.   

Ms. Kinney is a frequent author of entertainment and employment related articles, and has frequently lectured at conferences around the world.  Since 2011, Christiane has worked with LexisNexis® as an Author for Lexis® Practice Advisor on Entertainment Transactions.  CD Baby, the largest online distributor of independent music, 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