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 legal R&D team, IncuBaker. 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

Blog Posts

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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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Pilots Move Forward in Food Supply Chain, Land Registries and Buying Coffee with Crypto; Regulators Grant Approvals and Continue Enforcement
By Simone O. Otenaike, Jordan R. Silversmith, Diana J. Stern
November 1, 2019
In this issue: • Coffee Conglomerate Set to Accept Bitcoin in 2020 as Cryptocurrency Adoption Continues to Rise • Blockchain Capital Markets Firms Achieve New Approvals in US and Abroad • Blockchains Take Another Bite Into Food Tracking...
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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Pilots from US Treasury, Seafood Providers, Voting Systems; Global Regulators Address Stablecoin Risks
By Jonathan D. Blattmachr, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
October 25, 2019
In this issue: • US Treasury Announces Blockchain Pilot, Major Bitcoin Mining Facility Launches in Texas, Foreign Crypto Exchange Developments • More Blockchain Solutions for Food Safety and Telecom; Utah Voting Pilot Expands • Regulators...
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Blockchain Monitor
Multiple Enterprise Blockchain Applications Announced, SEC and CFTC Issue Guidance and Enforcement Actions
By Jonathan D. Blattmachr, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
October 18, 2019
In this issue: • Blockchains on Broadway, Smart Contracts Make Headway, Food Supply Chain and Health Applications Continue • CFTC Says Ether Is a Commodity, Crypto Trading and Payments Markets Expand • Federal Agencies Warn on AML and...
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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Continues to Disrupt Across Industries, Cryptocurrency Services Expand, Malware Threats Identified
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern
September 13, 2019
In this issue: • Blockchain Clearing, Settlement, Custody and Capital Markets Developments • Cryptocurrency Exchanges and Payment Applications Continue to Expand Services • Blockchain Pilots for Mortgages, Recycling, Supply Chain and...
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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Financial and Capital Markets Initiatives, U.S. Enforcement Across Agencies, Ethereum Vulnerability Paper Published
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
August 23, 2019
In this issue: • Blockchain Capital Markets Platforms Achieve and File for Regulatory Approvals • New Initiatives by Cryptocurrency Exchanges, Payment Platforms and Financial Institutions • U.S. Enforcement Actions Continue from OFAC, SEC...
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