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Technically Savvy and Experienced Attorney Joins BlackStone Discovery
Silicon Valley, California – January 29, 2014 – BlackStone Discovery, a leading provider of litigation support services for law firms and corporations, announces the appointment of Derek M. Duarte, Esq. as a Senior E-Discovery Consultant. With the acquisition of Mr. Duarte, the BlackStone Discovery team continues to expand its professional services group. Mr. Duarte will assume a management role focused on delivering Early Data Assessment (EDA) and Technology Aided Review (TAR) solutions to BlackStone Discovery’s enterprise clients.
“Derek is an incredible find for BlackStone and will be a valuable asset for our company and for our key clients. Derek brings a unique blend of technology expertise together with a sharp legal mind. On top of all of that Derek has specialized in E-discovery and document review, and he is a Golden Bear,” elaborated John P. Kelly President and CEO of BlackStone Discovery.
As a Senior E-Discovery Consultant, Mr. Duarte will be responsible for delivering the Enterprise Discovery Protocols (EDPs) as well as assisting BlackStone’s Managed Services clients with their end-to- end professional service needs. Mr. Duarte will also be in charge of BlackStone’s document review group, assuring every client gets the most cost-effective defensible document production results available.
Prior to BlackStone Discovery, Mr. Duarte was an E-Discovery Project Attorney at Epstein Becker & Moring LLP where he managed E-discovery projects and supervised contract attorneys on complex healthcare litigation matters for national Managed Care Organizations. Mr. Duarte has experience providing E-discovery expertise to global corporations, government agencies, technology start-ups, and law firms. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Mr. Duarte is an accomplished negotiator, winning Negotiations Championships at UC Hastings and the Robert Merhige National Negotiation Competition.
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