Diana J. Stern

Legal Innovation Designer

New York
T 1.212.847.2830
F 1.212.589.4201

Overview

Diana Stern’s keen insight on law and technology makes her a critical counsel for BakerHostetler's R&D incubator. A startup founder with legal experience at both a publicly traded technology company and a federal government agency, as well as a technical advisor on the HBO series, Silicon Valley, Diana’s unique background lends to innovative thought. She evaluates and develops ways that blockchains and smart contracts can enhance the practice of law and delivery of legal service to clients, assesses the potential risks and rewards of cutting-edge opportunities, and delivers creative solutions to complex challenges.

A member of the firm’s Blockchain Technologies and Digital Currencies Team, Diana has a solid reputation with distributed ledger technology matters: She first performed legal research for the Bitcoin Foundation in 2014, and has since advised founders, venture capital firms, trusts and non-profit organizations. Her community engagement includes serving as vice chair of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance supply chain special interest group. Diana also frequently participates in blockchain consortia, and contributes to workshop presentations on creative methods for merging blockchain and legal technology.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Coalition of Automated Legal Applications (COALA) -- Intellectual Property Group
  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Science & Technology Law Section

Community

  • Ms. JD: Board Member. Non-profit that promotes the success of women in law school and the legal profession. (2015 to present)

Pro Bono

  • Advised nonprofit on strategy for and risk assessment of obtaining donations through cryptocurrency mining.
  • American Civil Liberties Union: Provided research to facilitate attorneys nationwide who represent clients detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County: Assisted in obtaining a temporary restraining order in a pro bono domestic violence case.

Admissions

  • California

Education

  • J.D., Specialization in Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property Law, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2016; UCLA Journal of Law and Technology, Assistant Editor
  • B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2012, with honors; Phi Beta Kappa

Languages

  • French

Blog

In The Blogs

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The Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Developments: NY AG Issues Report, Major Japanese Exchange Hacked, Global Attitudes Diverge and Use Cases for Social Good Emerge
By John C. McIlwee, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern
September 21, 2018
In this issue: • New York Attorney General Issues Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative Report • Major Hack of Japanese Exchange, Multiple U.S. Enforcement Actions • Blockchain Capital Markets Solutions Advance, Global Regulations Diverge •...
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The Blockchain Monitor
Buying Coffee with Bitcoin, Tracking Ships with Blockchain, Fighting Financial Crimes and Litigating ICOs
By Brian P. Bartish, Jonathan D. Blattmachr, Jaime B. Petenko, Marc D. Powers, Diana J. Stern
August 10, 2018
In this issue: • New Solutions Seek to Bring Cryptocurrencies Closer to Mainstream • Blockchain Developments for Shipping, Food, Pharmaceuticals and Diamonds • Cryprocurrency Scams and Enforcement Actions Perpetuate Uncertainty • Analysis...
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The Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Developments: U.S. Government, Criminal Actors, Advertising, Financial Services
By Melonia A. Bennett, Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
June 22, 2018
In this issue: • U.S. Government Seeks to Leverage Blockchain, Issues Reporting Guidance • Cyberhacks and Enforcement Actions Continue Relentlessly • Consumer Products Firms Announce Blockchain Advertising Pilots • Financial Firms Continue...
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