BlackStone Discovery Announces Key Promotions and New Hires a

Former Google Attorney Thomas Gersey appointed VP of Operations & General Counsel. Industry veteran Jamal Speller becomes Director of Client Solutions.


BlackStone Discovery, the premier legal technology and consulting provider, begins 2019 by announcing the promotion of two key leaders and the addition of a forensic analyst to its growing team. These moves come as BlackStone Discovery continues its growth trajectory and expanding global presence.

Thomas Gersey named VP of Operations and General Counsel. 
Gersey joined BlackStone Discovery in 2015. In his former role as Director of Client Solutions, he oversaw the management of countless high-profile discovery projects. Gersey’s stature as an experienced attorney has been key to the execution of effective strategies for frequent complex litigations supported by BlackStone’s team. Under Thomas’s leadership, the Client Solutions group adopted a mission of partnering with clients to ensure that eDiscovery was approached strategically and with optimal litigation outcomes in mind. As VP of Operations & General Counsel, Gersey will continue to guide litigation strategy for clients while also scaling out the highly-praised workflows and practices that have led to numerous case victories.

Jamal Speller named Director of Client Solutions. 
Speller, who joined BlackStone Discovery in 2018 as a Sr. Project Manager, will now manage BlackStone’s Client Solutions team. His extensive experience in the industry, with management positions at HP, Navigant, and PwC, has been a valuable asset to clients and has been noticably impactful in less than a year with the company. Jamal’s deep understanding of technology and how it relates to broader litigation and investigative strategy make him an invaluable advisor to BlackStone’s clients.

“Thomas and Jamal represent the new brand of eDiscovery that is at the core of BlackStone’s rapid growth,” said President Derek Duarte. “We are excited to see their positive impact continue to grow in their new roles as BlackStone continues to provide innovative eDiscovery solutions and highly-praised strategic consulting.”

BlackStone Discovery is also excited to welcome James Sahm to its forensics team. Prior to joining BlackStone, Sahm was a forensic analyst on Sony’s Global Information Security Response Team. In the role, he performed in-depth analyses of hard disk and memory evidence, using a combination of proprietary and open source tools. He is also an accomplished mobile forensics expert. BlackStone looks forward to leveraging Sahm’s proven forensic abilities as it continues to handle high-profile investigations and complex legal data projects.

About BlackStone Discovery

BlackStone Discovery is the premier legal technology and consulting provider, working with leading Fortune 500 companies and AM Law 100 firms. Since 2003, BlackStone Discovery has customized solutions for the most complex eDiscovery needs and high profile Forensic Investigations leveraging industry-leading technology and employing proprietary applications with a team of highly trained professionals. BlackStone Discovery is devoted to delivering the most cost-effective and defensible solutions available. Blackstone’s service offerings span the entire EDRM including Forensic Imaging & Internal Investigations, Relativity Hosting Solutions, Attorney Document Review, Early Data Analysis (EDA), Technology Assisted Review, Enterprise Discovery Protocols (EDP), and Case Management Consultation.

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