Derek Duarte, a widely recognized legal thought leader and innovator, is President of BlackStone Discovery. As a litigator and technologist, Derek brings a unique perspective to the challenges of the legal services industry. Most recently, he was named one of Silicon Valley’s 40 best business leaders under the age of 40 (40 under 40) by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for leading BlackStone Discovery’s rapid growth and disruption of the eDiscovery industry.
Derek joined BlackStone as a senior manager in 2013 and has been a key part of the success and growth of the company since. He has experience providing eDiscovery expertise to global corporations, government agencies, technology start‐ups, and law firms. Prior to joining BlackStone Discovery, he was an eDiscovery Project Attorney at Crowell & Moring LLP where he supervised contract attorneys in the review of complex healthcare litigation matters for national Managed Care Organizations.
Derek is responsible for all operational aspects of BlackStone’s Client Solution, Forensic & Investigative Services, and Data Operations Groups. He also leads the Sales team. Derek oversees BlackStone’s Managed Review teams, assuring every client gets the most cost‐effective and defensible document production results available. He focuses his expertise on advising clients about the legal and technology‐based solutions best suited to address their overall information governance, litigation readiness, and eDiscovery needs.
Derek is widely recognized as a thought leader and leading innovator in the eDiscovery industry. Since 2015, he has been a speaker, panelist, lecturer, and moderator at seven eDiscovery conferences and was a featured on the .DAT file, a podcast about everything eDiscovery.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Derek is an accomplished negotiator, winning negotiations championships at UC Hastings and the Robert Merhige National Negotiation Competition.