E-Discovery ProfessionalJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

An E-Discovery professional organizes, assesses, manages, and maintains all the electronic documents shared between parties during the discovery process of a legal proceeding. E-Discovery is a relatively new part of the legal process, so it is continuously evolving. E-Discovery professionals look at a client’s electronically stored information and help create policies for preserving that information. They make sure both sides comply with federal rules regarding the storage of electronic data and serve as a liaison between the legal team, IT personnel, and records management personnel.

The E-Discovery professional position combines the duties and knowledge of an IT professional with the responsibilities and expertise of a legal administrative support staff member. That usually means that E-Discovery professionals must have a background in technology and some knowledge of the law.

Sample job description #1

ABC Company is currently looking for a Cyber Discovery Professional to work on our Cyber claims team. This position can be filled in any of our Claims offices across the United States.


Additional responsibilities include:

  • Analyze coverage, liability, and damages
  • Participate in mediations and negotiating settlements
  • Draft reservation of rights and coverage denial letters
  • Notify Underwriter of claim issues
  • Draft case summary reports in connection with significant reserve increases and trial preparation
  • Direct activities of defense counsel

Basic Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor and 5 or more years of experience in the Legal area
  • Must obtain and maintain required adjuster license(s)
  • Experience in insurance claims and the insurance legal and regulatory environment negotiation experience
  • Customer service experience
  • Microsoft Office experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Member of the Bar
  • Claims handling experience in Cyber, D&O or other Financial Lines claims and/or insurance coverage defense
  • Analytical skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Organization and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience collaborating across work groups

Sample job description #2

ABC Company is seeking to hire a E-Discovery Specialist to support our Electronic Discovery and Support of Litigation (EDSL) contract.

Duties Include

  • Analyze support requests and determine tools and procedures required to preserve, collect, and analyze electronically stored information (ESI) in a forensically sound manner
  • Perform advanced collection, processing, and analysis of collected ESI in accordance with Forensics laboratory and ISO standards; deliver processed data and reports
  • Perform required reporting and documentation and maintain chain of custody of computer forensics evidence
  • Capable of independently handling complex, large volume, and novel situations and examinations
  • May be called to testify in legal proceedings regarding forensic work performed on assigned cases
  • Analyze support requests and determine tools and procedures required to preserve, collect, and analyze electronically stored information (ESI) in a forensically sound manner
  • Perform advanced collection, processing, and analysis of collected ESI in accordance with Forensics laboratory and ISO standards; deliver processed data and report

Minimum Requirements

  • Sound understanding of the e-Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) and life-cycle
  • Expert in collection, processing, and analysis for forensics related ESI processing
  • Proficiency in problem recognition and solving skills
  • Proficiency in interpersonal and written communications
  • Advanced analytic and analysis skills
  • Minimum Of 10 Years of Professional Experience
  • Minimum of 5 years current digital forensics collection and processing experience
  • Bachelors Degree
  • One non-vendor specific Digital Forensics Certification

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for an E-Discovery professional is $71,500 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$71,100$96,200
Los Angeles, California$80,200$108,550
Denver, Colorado$66,850$90,450
Washington, DC$81,450$110,200
Miami, Florida$66,550$90,050
Orlando, Florida$61,400$83,050
Tampa, Florida$62,000$83,850
Atlanta, Georgia$65,050$88,000
Chicago, Illinois$74,750$101,150
Boston, Massachusetts$80,850$109,350
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$64,400$87,150
New York City, New York$85,100$115,100
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$69,300$93,750
Dallas, Texas$67,450$91,250
Houston, Texas$66,850$90,450
Seattle, Washington$77,800$105,250
National Average$60,800$82,250

Sample interview questions

  • What is E-Discovery?
  • What are the most important skills an E-Discovery professional needs?
  • How does the E-Discovery process work?
  • What kind of data do E-discovery professionals need to collect?
  • Can you describe what a typical day for someone in this role would be?
  • Where do you see your career in 5 years?
  • When does the E-Discovery process start?
  • How would you ensure the evidence you provide is correct and not disputable?
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • What tools do you use to collect and preserve data?
  • Can you name the most common places where data is located?
  • Which case that you worked on was you most successful? 
  • How does data get processed for review?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What motivates you?
  • What qualities make you a good E-Discovery professional?
  • What are your strengths related to this position?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • Can you give an example of when you applied new technology or information in the e-discovery process? What was the result?
  • What was your biggest professional mistake? What did you learn from it?

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