Nanci Carr

With over 20 years of experience as an attorney and business law professor, Nanci Carr has a masterful command of an impressive spectrum of legal disciplines ranging from entertainment to nuclear medicine.

Her entertainment and media law expertise commenced with her work as an executive at ABC Entertainment in Los Angeles where she negotiated and supervised the network’s agreements with large advertising agencies and progressed with her corporate and entertainment practice at Kinsella, Boesch, Fujikawa, & Towle where, among many other matters involving partnership agreements, stock and asset purchase agreements, software licenses, leases, employment agreements, securities filings, corporate governance, media production agreements and international distribution agreements, she represented a major hockey star in various commercial transactions including numerous personal endorsement contracts.

Her entertainment practice continued through her work at Sony Pictures Entertainment in the corporate and international legal department where she was involved in significant international transactions that included film financing arrangements, the acquisition of a 400 title Indian film library, co-production agreements as well as supervising the establishment of a representative office in China.  Recent clients include prime time television performers, a celebrity chef, writers, rap artists, a television production company, and a well-known group of African-American urban cowboys in addition to a top-rated university film school.

As a key part of her remarkably diverse legal career, Ms. Carr served for many years in the healthcare industry as Associate General Counsel for Syncor International Corporation, which was later acquired by Cardinal Health. Representing the nuclear pharmacy division in a variety of matters, Ms. Carr was responsible for and negotiated hundreds of transactions relating to or arising out of the sale, handling and transportation of radioactive isotopes used in noninvasive diagnostic procedures. On behalf of Syncor and later Cardinal, she also managed litigation matters, SEC and other regulatory filings, corporate governance, and the development of crisis communication plans.

She continues to repeatedly demonstrate her versatility in transactional substantive law while representing large teaching hospitals, a well-known national healthcare provider, and a university medical school in matters extending from development and review of hospital policies to medical research, privacy, data security, technology, and acquisitions of equipment and services.  In addition, Ms Carr is privacy and data security and transactional counsel to a large international travel leisure company.

An assistant professor of business law at California State University, Northridge, Ms. Carr teaches core curriculum courses covering Contracts, Torts, Agency and Business Organizations.  In addition, she teaches upper division courses including Entertainment Law, Technology Law, Commercial Transactions, and Negotiation as well as a graduate Entertainment Law class in the Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program. As the Carande Family Faculty Fellow, Ms. Carr’s academic research interests focus on the intersection of law and technology.

Education, Honors and Distinctions

Ms. Carr received her JD, cum laude, from Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California, where she was a member of law review.

She participated in the Tulane University Law School Program Abroad at Cambridge University, England, and the McGeorge School of Law Salzburg Institute, Austria, where she studied with Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Ms. Carr earned her BS in Business Administration from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

In each of the last two years, Thomson Reuters has selected a law review article authored by Ms. Carr as among the best peer-reviewed journal papers published that year in the area of entertainment, publishing and the arts and republished her article in their annual Entertainment, Publishing, and the Arts Handbook offered for sale by West to law professionals.

In a significant academic distinction in recognition of her extraordinary legal scholarship and teaching, Professor Carr has been awarded and appointed as the Carande Family Faculty Fellow at California State University, Northridge.


One, Two, Sort the Shoe; Three, Four, Win Some More: The Rhyme and Reason of Phil Ivey’s Advantage Play at the Borgata 12 Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, 1, 37 (2021), available here

Protecting the Commercial Value of Iowans’ Identity Nationwide: A Response to Colon’s Proposed State Statute,106, Iowa L. Rev. Online 1, published April 29, 2021, available here

Programmed to Protect and Serve: The Dawn of Drones and Robots in Law Enforcement,  86 J. Air L. & Com. 183 (October 15, 2021), available here

Following Bostock, How Employers Can Lead the Way to Embrace Transgender Employees in the Workplace, 98 Denver Law Review Forum 1, published April 12, 2021, available here

Did You Fail to Tell Me Something, Mom? Nondisclosure Fraud in the Wake of Varsity Blues, 46 University of Dayton Law Review 3, published August 2021, (Valerie Flugge, co-author), available here

Business Continuity in Light of the Coronavirus Disruption – A Group Exercise, 3 ALSB Journal of Business Law & Ethics Pedagogy 1, published September 2021, available here

The Show Must Go On!  Bringing Back Live Theatre After COVID-19 Closed the Curtain, Academia Letters, Article 822, published March 31, 2021, available here

As Society Strives for Reduced Contact During the Pandemic, How Can Human Microchipping Help?, 65 Villanova L. Rev. Tolle Lege 46, (Nov. 4, 2020), available here.

As the Role of the Driver Changes with Autonomous Vehicle Technology, So, too, Must the Law Change, 51 St. Mary’s Law Journal 4 (St. Mary’s University School of Law) (Fall 2020), available here.

How Can We End #CancelCulture — Tort Liability or Thumper’s Rule?, 28 Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology 133 (Spring 2020), available here.  Forthcoming reprint in Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook (West 2021-2022).

Cold Cases Freeze:  Law Enforcement Locked out of DNA Database Used for Investigative Genealogy After Consumers Object to Being Genetic Informants, 98 Washington University Law Review Online 1 (2020), available here,

Social Media and the Internet Drive the Need for a Federal Statute to Protect the Commercial Value of Identity, 22 Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property 31 (Spring 2020).  Reprinted in Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook (West 2020-2021).

When Worlds Collide: Protecting Physical World Interests Against Virtual World Malfeasance, 26 Michigan Technology Law Review 279 (2020) (Hilary Silvia, co-author), available here.

Look! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No, it’s a Trespassing Drone, 23 Journal of Technology Law & Policy 147 (2019) (University of Florida)

“#Sp” or “Thanks [Brand]” is Not Enough:  FTC Guides for Social Media Influencers on Endorsements and Testimonials, 9 Wake Forest Law Review Online 66 (2019), available here.

Am I My Brother’s Keeper? How Technology Necessitates Reform of the Lack of Duty to Rescue or Duty to Report Laws in the United States, 29 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 117 (2019) (Sharon Yamen & Aaron Bartholomew, co-authors) available here

Was Allergan’s Patent-Housing Agreement in Exchange for Sovereign Immunity a “Sham to Subvert the Existing Intellectual Property System?”, 46 Rutgers Law Record 31, (2018), available here.

Improve Student Success with Classroom Technology Use by Applying the Five Gears for Activating Learning, 1 Journal of Business Law & Ethics Pedagogy 17 (2018), available here.

Stealing Time: The Propriety of Alleging Common Law Conversion in Modern Wage Theft Lawsuits, 36 University of Pittsburgh Journal of Law & Commerce 1 (2017), (Hilary M. Goldberg and Paul J. Silvia, co-authors) available here.

Material Transfer and Data Use Agreements, 13 Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices 3, (March 2017), (Irene Shin and Steven Maier, co-authors) available here

Intellectual Property Issues Associated With Biorepositories:  Current Practices, 16 Atlantic Law Journal 55, (August 2014), available here.

When Does Compensation For “Time Spent Under The Employer’s Control” Include Pre and Post Shift Waiting And Other Activities?, 6 Southern Journal of Business and Ethics 33, (October 2014) (Hilary Silvia, co-author), available here

Social Media Policies:  Managing Risks In A Rapidly Developing Technological Environment, 4 Mustang Journal of Law and Legal Studies 87, (May 2013) (Steven Maier, co-author), available here.

Bar Admissions
  • California
  • New York
  • Washington DC
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Professional Affiliations
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the California Faculty Association
  • Member of the American Association of University Professors