Biography

Kathryn Haun was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice. Since 2006, she has served as Assistant U.S. Attorney, first in the Washington D.C. area and then in San Francisco, California. She has investigated and prosecuted hundreds of violations of federal criminal law in U.S. courts, with a focus on transnational and organized crime syndicates, cybercrime, the deep web, and digital currency. Kathryn has substantial experience litigating privacy issues relating to electronic surveillance and location-based services, and is a frequent speaker at international and domestic conferences on these topics and on cyber issues in general.

She has successfully investigated and prosecuted corporate compliance failures, and negotiated criminal resolutions with Fortune 100 tech and telecom companies. Kathryn has also served as lead counsel in numerous jury trials to successful verdicts, and led several high profile, complex investigations including against the former federal agents investigating the Silk Road marketplace.

Katie serves on the Board of Directors of Coinbase, the world’s leading digital asset platform. She taught cybercrime and cryptocurrency at Stanford Law School and will teach at Stanford Business School beginning January 2018. Kathryn speaks frequently on the intersection of technology and regulation, having appeared in Bloomberg, CNBC, Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and has testified before Congress.

She previously worked on national security issues and held senior positions in the Justice Department, including Counselor to Attorney General Michael Mukasey and as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security. Prior to that she was in private practice at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington D.C. 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.

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