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 Solutions Announced for Financial Services and Supply Chain, ICO Enforcement Actions Continue at State and Federal Levels
By Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
August 9, 2019
In this issue: • Blockchain Payment Solutions, Patents and Market Data Announced • Blockchain Supply Chain Pilots Announced Across Industries, New Studies Published • ICO Enforcement Actions Continue Amid Tax Bill, Senate Hearing and UN...
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Blockchain Monitor
Crypto and Blockchain Markets Signal Growth Amid Regulator Skepticism, Hacks and Sanctions Warnings
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
July 19, 2019
In this issue: • Cryptocurrency Exchanges Obtain New Licenses Across Globe Amid Market Growth • Corporations Continue New Blockchain Pilots, New Market Projections Released • Libra Faces Skepticism, Virtual Commodity Organization Launches...
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Blockchain Monitor
Capital Markets Integrate Crypto and Blockchain, New FATF Guidance, US City Pays Bitcoin Ransom and More
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
June 28, 2019
In this issue: • CFTC Approves Bitcoin DCM, New Bitcoin ETF Proposed, Crypto IRA and Blockchain Depository Receipts Introduced • Fintech Companies Expand Cryptocurrency Gateways, Analysis of Kin Token Published • FATF Releases New...
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Blockchain Monitor
Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Applications Gain Adoption, Enforcement Actions Continue
By Marc D. Powers, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
May 31, 2019
In this issue: • Established Firms Implement Cryptocurrency Payments, Blockchain Tracking and Data Management Systems • Unlicensed Money Transmitter Sentenced, P2P Exchange Retreats From Iran and a Benevolent 51% Attack • SEC Enforcement...
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Blockchain Monitor
New Blockchain Solutions Debut Amid Enforcement Actions, New FinCEN Guidance and Warnings of "Blockchain Fatigue"
By Brian P. Bartish, Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern
May 17, 2019
In this issue: • Blockchain Solutions for Supply Chain and Digital Identity Announced Amid Warnings of “Blockchain Fatigue” • Blockchain Capital Markets Diversify Amid ICO Slumps; Regulators Issue New Warnings • FinCEN Issues Guidance, SIM...
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