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BTG- Past, Present, and Future

As we begin this New Year, we are going to take a little ride down memory lane.  I am always
motivated by looking back to see where we’ve come from – what we did well, what changed, and what challenges we were able to overcome.  So here we go….back to the beginning.

Behind the Gavel was born in February 2016.  Co-owners Cary and Daley started this company
because they are motivated to ensure that everyone receives fair and equal representation.  That motivation made them unstoppable and the rate at which the company grew was evidence of that.  Less than two years later we had already outgrown the office space and in October 2017 we moved to our current office location.  This allowed us to hire the staff we needed to keep up with the work coming our way. 

Along with the excitement of a new office space, we released our online review platform, De Novo, on October 4, 2017.  De Novo is a game changer in discovery review.  With the ability to log in and search through the discovery, tag documents, share notes, sort and filter – attorneys now had a tool like never before.  In just two years, we exceeded 300 users on De Novo but the growth did not stop there! 

For our first two years the 9th Circuit kept us very busy, however we knew there were cases nationwide that could benefit from our services.  In 2018 we expanded to the 7th Circuit and in 2019 we were into the 7th Circuit and 10th Circuit!   We are grateful to all of the attorneys that have trusted us to help with their case. 

Not only have we grown as a company but our staff have been tested, stretched, and manages to keep getting better and better.  Each full time employee successfully led their own case in 2019, coming in under budget.  The content of discovery is not always pleasant but they charge on and work through issues while developing processes that are better than before. 

The past four years have been full of excitement, challenges, growth, some frustration, and a lot of fun.  But what trumps all of that is the passion of this team at BTG – a passion to perform at a high level and provide the best work product that we possibly can and the support to go with it.  You will not find a more dedicated team with a bigger heart for justice.  But you don’t need to take my word for it. It is in the 12 TB of data, the 4.5 million pages we have processed and most of all the 544 defendants and their attorneys that we have worked for.  98% of those attorneys would recommend BTG on a case – but then, when we save them an average of 330 hours on a case who can blame them? 

Looking back is fun and celebrating our success even more so.  Now that we have looked back, we are looking to the future.  We are continually refining our processes and excited about what 2020 holds for BTG.  Care to join us for the ride?


Our Company Story

We are Behind the Gavel and this is our story.  Behind the Gavel was started by Cary Christiansen and Daley Benson in February 2016.  The desire to start this company came from years of experience working on federal criminal cases where many attorneys lacked sufficient resources to manage and review complex, voluminous discovery.   Cary’s background includes positons at the Federal Defenders Office in Las Vegas, NV and Spokane, WA as a litigation support specialist/ACSA for over fifteen years.  Daley has worked as a contract paralegal and a litigation support specialist on many complex cases throughout the United States.  He has assisted attorneys through every stage of litigation via research, writing, analysis, organization, trial-preparation, and a number of other litigation-related tasks. Daley has also created a first-of-its-kind interactive charting technique that can be applied to multi or single defendant cases.

With Cary’s IT background and Daley’s experience with the litigation process, they knew they could create something better for attorneys who deal with complex discovery situations. 

Our approach is easy: “Keep it simple”.  We understand your workloads and time constraints and want to focus you on the review process rather than spending time learning complex software or using ineffectual methods.  In fact, while educating attorneys about our products, they are often surprised at the depth we go, while still making the product user friendly and effective. 

With the ability to save attorneys hundreds of hours on a case and get them to the pertinent material quicker and easier, BTG has become a valuable resource on CJA appointed cases across the U.S. 

Cary and Daley have built a team committed to due process, equality, and justice.  They have developed tools that are easy to learn, easy to use, and come with a team of support committed to your success.  In fact, a big part of our story is the culture here at BTG.  While we understand the seriousness of the work we do and treat every case, big or small, as if it is the most important work we will do, we also have learned to find time to let off steam and have some fun.  Our team values collaboration, whether that comes in the form of improving internal processes, or teaming up against Daley in a nerf war.  As a team, we celebrate accomplishments both professional and personal and our office is very unique because it is full of people who want to be here.  At BTG you will find we are passionate about the work we are doing, motivated to perform at a high level, and genuinely care for one another and the success of this company. 

Over the last 3 years, BTG has worked on dozens of Federal, State, civil and criminal cases.  Combined, those cases contained approximately 2,500,000 discovery pages.  We have helped legal teams all across the United States with massive conspiracy cases, gang cases, drug cases, firearms cases, human sex trafficking cases, RICO cases, Title III cases, fraud cases, and more.

Our team continues to grow, as does the scope of the work that we are able to complete.  We have no geographic boundaries and look forward to continuing to assist attorneys become more effective and efficient with our innovative tools and hard working, dedicated staff.