Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

CIE Advisory Board Profile

 John P Kelly

John P. Kelly
President & CEO
BlackStone Discovery

John P. Kelly is the founder of BlackStone Discovery. He is responsible for the company's strategic direction, overall management and growth. John works closely with BlackStone Discovery partners and customers to streamline all aspects of the e-discovery and information management process. During his 20-year career working in the legal technology industry, John has been on the forefront of innovation – creating the first nationwide legal document services firm, and originating the first legal scanning and processing business on the West Coast.

With his experiences and knowledge for the discovery industry, John has given the legal community an opportunity to receive top notch discovery services without having to put a hole in their pockets. Establishing BlackStone as Silicon Valley's Trusted Discovery partner, John has created a loyal client base with his ability to identify the underlying issues of the legal industry and implementing best practices.

John's passion for bringing the best people and technology together at BlackStone has allowed clients to receive the tools to win their case. From day one of founding BlackStone, John has had the belief of giving back to the community. Serving the less fortunate local community with pro bono services is a key part of BlackStone's business model that John has implemented. He continues to look for new opportunities to assist the needy.

Prior to starting BlackStone Discovery, John held executive positions at Garage Technology Ventures, Netscape Communications, NightRider Overnite Copy Service (IKON Office Solutions), and the law offices of Morrison & Foerster. During John's career he has been recognized for his success in new company creation, building high energy teams, and in developing and delivering technology for the legal industry.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University. He is active in the local community and in coaching youth sports . Find John on LinkedIn

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