Kathryn R. Haun

Assistant United States Attorney, Digital Currency Coordinator
United States Department of Justice

KATHRYN HAUN is a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice and is the Digital Currency Crimes Coordinator.  Since 2006, she has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, first in the Washington D.C. area and later in San Francisco, California.  She has investigated and prosecuted hundreds of violations of federal criminal law in U.S. courts, with a focus on organized crime syndicates, cybercrime and national security, the Dark Net, digital currency and the blockchain.  Kathryn has substantial experience litigating privacy issues relating to electronic surveillance and location-based services, and speaks frequently to international and domestic audiences on the intersection of new technologies and government enforcement. She has successfully investigated and prosecuted corporate compliance failures, and negotiated criminal resolutions with Fortune 500 tech companies.  Kathryn has also served as lead counsel in numerous jury trials, including RICO murder and organized crime cases, all to successful verdict, and led several high profile, complex investigations including against the former federal agents investigating the Silk Road marketplace. Kathryn 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.  In addition to her role at the Justice Department, she teaches Stanford Law School’s first-ever course on Cybercrime and Digital Currency and is a frequent commentator on the intersection of emerging technologies and government regulation, having been quoted in outlets ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Ars Technica to CNBC.