Kathryn Haun

Kathryn Haun
Contact Info

Research Interests

  • Intersection of Regulation and Technology
  • FinTech
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Cybersecurity
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Blockchain and Decentralized Platforms

Teaching Statement

Katie draws on her experience in both the government and private sectors in teaching courses addressing the intersection of technology and regulation. Her research interests include governance systems for cryptocurrency, the legal and ethical implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the future of fraud, cybersecurity, and how financial technologies can create more openness and transparency. Katie's teaching focus is on exposing students to the issues they will face in founding, scaling, and operating companies in new and emerging fields where laws and regulations are often yet to be written, and draws heavily upon the experiences of real-world entrepreneurs who are invited to provide insights during guest lectures. She has taught at Stanford since 2016, including a cybercrime course at the law school.


Kathryn Haun advises technology companies and investment funds, and serves on the Board of Directors of Coinbase, where she chairs its Audit and Risk Committees. In addition to lecturing at Stanford Business School, she taught cybercrime and cryptocurrency at Stanford Law School. Kathryn speaks frequently on security, privacy, and the intersection of technology and regulation at events ranging from Money2020 and RSA to SXSW. She has appeared in Bloomberg, CNBC, Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, and has testified before Congress. Her oped on hacking was recently published in The New York Times.

Kathryn spent over a decade as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where she focused on fraud, cybercrime, and corporate compliance failures alongside agencies such as the SEC, FBI, and Treasury. She was DOJ’s first-ever coordinator for digital assets, and led investigations into the Mt. Gox hack and the corrupt agents on the Silk Road task force. Before that she led prosecutions and jury trials involving organized crime, public corruption, RICO murders, gangs, and money laundering. She also held senior positions at Justice Department headquarters in both the National Security Division and as Counselor to the Attorney General where her portfolio included antitrust, tax, national security, and civil matters.

Prior to her government service, Kathryn was an attorney in private practice at Sidley Austin LLP. She clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and is an Honors graduate of Stanford Law School where she served as Managing Editor of the Stanford Law Review.

Academic Degrees

  • JD with Honors, Stanford Law School, 2000

Academic Appointments

  • Teaching Fellow, Stanford University, 1997-2000
  • Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School, 2016
  • Lecturer, Stanford GSB, 2017-present

Professional Experience

  • Coinbase, Member of the Board of Directors
  • HackerOne, Member of the Board of Directors
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Counselor to the Attorney General
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Counsel to the AAG for National Security
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Attorney
  • U.S. Supreme Court, Law Clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy

Awards and Honors

  • Women Leaders in Tech Law, The Recorder, 2016


Degree Courses


This class will provide an overview of the rapidly evolving area of distributed ledger and blockchain technologies, with a focus on economic and strategic issues. We will cover key components of the architecture that affect the products derived...

In the Media

SF Gate, June 25, 2018
CNET News, March 8, 2018
Fortune, December 18, 2017
Senate Committee on the Judiciary, November 28, 2017
Speach starts at 1:48:00
Law.com, October 11, 2017
Forbes: Digital Currency , October 5, 2017
The Wall Street Journal , July 26, 2017
The New York Times, January 2, 2017
TEDx San Francisco, October 26, 2016
The Recorder, September 26, 2016