Derek M. Duarte, ESQ.PRESIDENT

Derek M. Duarte is President of BlackStone Discovery, an eDiscovery and computer forensics services firm, that amplifies its experts with AI and automation.  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 Sr. 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. Derek has testified as an expert on eDiscovery and Computer Forensics in the state and federal courts. He gets his kicks from finding the needle in the haystack, discovering digital truth, and bad puns. He is excited by the potential of legal technology to improve access to justice, bolster our democracy and advance the practice of law.

Derek 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. He is a GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner and sits on the GIAC Advisory Board.

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