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Highly Regarded E-Discovery Veteran Adds Muscle to BlackStone’s Expanding Professional Services Group

Silicon Valley, California – December 4,2014 – BlackStone Discovery, a leading provider of information governance, litigation readiness and digital evidence management for law firms and corporations, announces the appointment of Ian G. Bagger as the Director of Client Solutions. With the acquisition of Mr. Bagger, BlackStone substantially expands its professional services capabilities. Mr. Bagger will assume a management role focused on delivering effective case management and consultative solutions to BlackStone’s clients.


“We are excited to bring Ian G. Bagger aboard. We put a lot of energy into identifying the right candidate with the right skills for this opportunity. I am very confident Ian will dramatically enhance BlackStone’s consultative approach and strengthen our clients’ experience. On top of all of this Ian is a California Golden Bear,” stated John P. Kelly President and CEO of BlackStone Discovery.

As the Director of Client Solutions Mr. Bagger will be responsible for delivering professional services across the entirety of the EDRM spectrum, utilizing his extensive experience to ensure clients receive the most defensible and efficient solutions.


“We are ecstatic that Ian is a part of our organization. Ian was instrumental in the advancement and formalization of legal project management in the e-discovery industry and he will continue to drive innovation in project management and consultative services here at BlackStone. Ian’s blend of E-Discovery expertise, technical acumen and a sharp legal mind empower him to craft unique solutions that are not available elsewhere in the e-discovery industry,” elaborated Derek M. Duarte, Vice President of Technology Solutions.


Prior to BlackStone Discovery, Mr. Bagger was National Director of E-Discovery Services & Onshore Document Review at Essential Discovery where he managed large-scale e-discovery matters and developed comprehensive case management solutions for enterprise clients. Mr. Bagger has extensive experience providing e-discovery expertise to global corporations, government agencies, technology start-ups and law firms involved in litigation, investigations, and mergers and acquisitions. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa), and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Mr. Bagger is also an accomplished guitar player.


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