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

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
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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Blockchain Monitor
New Blockchain Solutions Announced Across Industries, Multiple Crypto Enforcement Actions Announced Across Jurisdictions
By Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
April 26, 2019
In this issue: • Banks Announce Blockchain Initiatives, Stablecoins Launch, France Passes New Law • Reports Detail Blockchain Solutions Across Industries, Provide New Data on Growth • New Reports Provide Details on Hacks, Ransomware and...
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Blockchain Monitor
Supply Chain Pilots Advance, Bitcoin Decentralization Improves, Hacks Continue, Foreign Regulations Evolve
By Brian P. Bartish, Nicholas C. Mowbray, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern
February 8, 2019
In this issue: • Blockchain Pilots for Supply Chain and Land Titles, Improved Analytics, and Decentralization • Blockchain Capital Markets Initiatives Continue Across the Globe • Canadian Exchange Claims Lost ‘Cold Storage’ Funds Amid...
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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain for NASA and IoT, Developments in Crypto Products and Payments, Cryptocurrency Exchange Hacked
By Nicholas C. Mowbray, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
January 18, 2019
In this issue: • The Blockchain Effect: NASA, IoT, Supply Chain and State Initiatives • Blockchain Announcements From Traditional Financial Institutions and Emerging Platforms • Cryptocurrency Exchanges and Payment Providers Announce New...
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