At BlackStone Discovery we put our client outcomes as our top priority.

Our vision of eDiscovery is born out of client relationships with high tech firms. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley our clients live in the dynamic and innovative world of high tech. Keeping pace in the high tech world means an ongoing evaluation of the people, process and technology required to optimize the eDiscovery outcomes for our customers.

We listen, respond and innovate with your current and future needs in mind.

As your eDiscovery Services Partner you can rely on BlackStone for transparency, collaboration, expert knowledge and eDiscovery leadership. With over a decade of service and innovation experience, we have what it takes to anticipate your ligation needs and the scale to meet you demands. We welcome the opportunity to show you the difference.

We are the eDiscovery partner you can count on to win.

BlackStone Discovery founded as a company.


BlackStone masters early iterations of predictive coding to review 1.5 million documents for under $100,000. (New York Times)


BlackStone Forensics Division is created, making BlackStone one of the few eDiscovery partners able to offer cutting-edge forensic collection and analysis services.


BlackStone expands its knowledge and personnel to create Information Governance solutions via its IG|LR Consulting Division.


BlackStone introduces the industry’s most predictive billing model with its subscription fee solution. Clients are now able to access “in-house capabilities without the overhead.”


BlackStone integrates Artificial Intelligence into its eDiscovery workflows with the deployment of BSDbot.


BlackStone introduces Linkstone, a proprietary new project management platform. The integration of all operational intelligence and knowledge into a single place allows clients to maintain complete control over, and transparency into, their matters.


Blackstone Discovery shifts Client Solutions strategy to litigators as PMs.


BlackStone breaks open a multi-office fraud conspiracy for a large corporate client through the focused use of Brainspace analytics software that leverages machine learning with BSD’s legal and investigative expertise.


BSD introduces the Early Litigation Intelligence (ELI) Report and the Case Closing Memo, each designed to give clients easy-to-digest insights and summaries of their data, both before and after a matter.


Blackstone introduces LineOut, the industry’s fastest automated native excel redaction tool, redacting thousands of excel spreadsheets within hours.


Our Team

John P. Kelly


John P. Kelly | CEO

John P. Kelly is the founder of BlackStone Discovery. He is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, overall management and growth. John works closely with BlackStone Discovery partners and customers to streamline all aspects of the eDiscovery and information management process. During his 20-year career working in the legal technology industry, John has been on the forefront of innovation – creating the first nationwide legal document services firm, and originating the first legal scanning and processing business on the West Coast. 

With his experiences and knowledge for the discovery industry, John has given the legal community an opportunity to receive top notch discovery services without having to put a hole in their pockets. Establishing BlackStone as Silicon Valley’s Trusted Discovery partner, John has created a loyal client base with his ability to identify the underlying issues of the legal industry and implementing best practices.

John’s passion for bringing the best people and technology together at BlackStone has allowed clients to receive the tools to win their case. From day one of founding BlackStone, John has had the belief of giving back to the community. Serving the less fortunate local community with pro bono services is a key part of BlackStone’s business model that John has implemented. He continues to look for new opportunities to assist the needy.

Prior to starting BlackStone Discovery, John held executive positions at Garage Technology Ventures, Netscape Communications, NightRider Overnite Copy Service (IKON Office Solutions), and the law offices of Morrison & Foerster. During John’s career he has been recognized for his success in new company creation, building high energy teams, and in developing and delivering technology for the legal industry.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University. He is active in the local community and in coaching youth sports.

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Derek M. Duarte, Esq.


John D. Munro
VP National Markets


Minh T. Tran
VP Operations


Parkash K Khatri
Dir. Discovery Services


Thomas Gersey, Esq.
Dir. Client Solutions


Bryce M. Welke
Director of Forensics


Danny Cheun
Solutions Architect


Community Support

BlackStone Discovery is committed to the community and values its relationships with local organizations and businesses. BlackStone consistently contributes pro bono services to a number of local groups. Below is a partial list of the groups that BlackStone Discovery supports each year.

BlackStone Discovery has found it a pleasure to be continually involved in the local community in the following ways:

  • Sponsor of the 2012 Carmel Valley eDiscovery Retreat
  • Sponsor of the 2012 CLSEPA Annual Celebration Gala
  • Sponsor of the 2011 California Alliance of Paralegal Association in San Francisco
  • Founding sponsor of the 2011 Carmel Valley eDiscovery Retreat in Carmel
  • Sponsor of the 2009 Women in E Discovery Event held at Goodwin Proctor in San Francisco
  • Sponsor of the 20th Annual PAABA Golf Tournament
  • Yearly co-sponsor of the Howrey baseball team
  • Host of free informative seminars for our clients, at their location or ours, where we make our team available as a resource for e-discovery trends and industry knowledge

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“Cost is never an issue when dealing with BlackStone, they are always focused on the smartest way to solve a problem.”

Partner, K&L Gates