Diana J. Stern is an entrepreneurial lawyer who works with startups.
Diana is a founder of Distributive, a boutique innovation firm that specializes in applications of distributed systems and blockchain technology in the entertainment industry. Distributive’s design-based consulting helps tech companies explain their product, grow, and gain adoption. Distributive also plans and guides pilot programs and collaborative work that connects entertainment companies with technology vendors. Diana practices law in the Technology Companies Group of Orrick, a global law firm, in Silicon Valley. She is passionate about helping companies that are shaping the future of how we live and work. She advises tech companies and startups on corporate matters, from financings and acquisitions to issues raised by disruptive business models. Prior to Orrick and Distributive, Diana contributed legal research and analysis to the Federal Trade Commission, the Bitcoin Foundation, Pandora Media, Inc., and the HBO series “Silicon Valley”. Diana received a J.D. from UCLA School of Law with a Specialization in Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law. When studying international intellectual property law at Queen Mary University of London’s LLM program, she received Distinction for her paper, “Whether Emerging Business Models Serve the Original Justifications of Copyright for the Creative Industries”. Diana graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University. Diana is inspired by technology’s potential to provide entrepreneurs, artists, and underrepresented individuals with access to tools that help them realize their goals. She is passionate about supporting the blockchain ecosystem in further unlocking this potential.