Diana J. Stern

Legal Innovation Designer

New York
T 1.212.847.2830
F 1.212.589.4201


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


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


  • 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.


  • California


  • 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


  • French


In The Blogs

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The Blockchain Monitor
Ohio Accepting Bitcoin for Taxes, Multiple SEC and Financial Crime Developments, New Blockchain Capital Markets and Enterprise Initiatives
By Roger M. Brown, John W. Busch, Heather K. P. Fincher, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Diana J. Stern
November 30, 2018
In this issue: • Satisfying Tax and Other Liabilities With Cryptocurrency • New SEC ICO Enforcement and Developments on Unregistered Securities, Fraud, Promotions and the Howey Test • International Crypto Crime Developments, OFAC Lists...
The Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Developments: Bitcoin ATMs, Token Listings, Voting Pilots, Shipping Competition, Global Enforcement, Tax and More
By Jonathan D. Blattmachr, Roger M. Brown, Heather K. P. Fincher, Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
November 9, 2018
In this issue: • NY DFS Grants License to Bitcoin ATM Operator, Exchanges Make Announcements • Capital Markets Developments in Regulatory Guidance, Value of ICO Offerings and Banking • Blockchain Pilots for Voting and Supply Chain, Global...
The Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Applications for Enterprise and Payments Evolve, New Legislation Proposed, Mining Malware Surges and a Bitcoin Bug Is Fixed
By Brian P. Bartish, Heather K. P. Fincher, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Jaime B. Petenko, Diana J. Stern
September 28, 2018
In this issue: • Blockchain Initiatives Pursue Solutions for Refugees, Voting, Smart Cities, Defense and Food Safety • Cryptocurrency Legal Developments: Tax, Proposed Legislation, AML and CFTC • Enforcement Actions Continue, Cryptomining...
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 •...
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...