Entrepreneurship / Law - (California)

Diana J. Stern is an entrepreneurial lawyer advising clients on cutting-edge issues to help them excel in complex business, legal, and technical landscapes. Diana is a product lawyer at Stripe, Inc., a global tech company that helps online businesses start and scale. Diana's interest in law is sustained by the inspiring technological and business developments that break open traditional legal rules for analysis. You can read more about her interest in this area on Diana's blog, blockchaintocontent.com. Diana has garnered legal experience in a variety of fields, allowing her to support clients who are pioneering innovative products and services. Previously, she led firmwide blockchain and smart contract R&D efforts at BakerHostetler LLP's New York City office. She led a cross-functional team in conceptualizing, developing, and bringing to market the first functional, enterprise-grade smart contracts in Big Law, achieving a 3-year milestone in less than 1.5 years. The team's blockchain work was described by Bloomberg as one of the "successes" in the marketplace. Before BakerHostetler, Diana was an Associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP in Menlo Park, California. One year prior, Diana was the first Business Transactions Group Intern in Pandora Media, Inc.'s Legal Department. She has also interned for the Federal Trade Commission, a boutique entertainment law firm, and a law firm specializing in complex litigation. Finally, she was team lead of the junior legal consultants on the Emmy Award-winning HBO series, Silicon Valley. An entrepreneur at heart, she founded a boutique innovation firm, Distributive, focused on advancing solutions to the most challenging business models and processes in the entertainment industry. Distributive worked with tech and entertainment companies to optimize blockchain and distributed systems technology for the production, financing, distribution, and monetization of audiovisual content. She has a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, with a Specialization in Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law from the Ziffren Center. Diana also completed an exchange program consisting of LLM (Master of Laws) courses at Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom. She received Distinction in International and Comparative Law of Copyright and Related Rights as well as in Intellectual Property Transactions. Prior to law school, Diana graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2012 with a B.A in Writing Seminars and French. Her poetry was recognized by the Three Arts Club of Homeland award. Diana regularly engages in pro bono work. She is a Director on the Board of Ms. JD, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the success of women in the legal profession and building a diverse pipeline of future lawyers through community building, education, and training. In addition, she is a member of the Coalition of Automated Legal Applications (COALA) where she participates in Intellectual Property Working Group. In 2015, Diana was a Student Advisor at qLegal, a legal clinic run by Queen Mary University that provides free legal advice to European startups.

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