Christiane Kinney

Atty
LeClairRyan LLP

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.

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