While recently interviewing lawyers to add to our review team roster, a candidate asked, “what are you looking for in a good document review lawyer?” With a large review team to manage, we had some thoughts!
First, we assume that the lawyers who apply for document review positions are legally qualified to review and assess documents for relevance/responsiveness, privilege, etc., although some may be better qualified if they have prior document review experience. Some lawyers may have a better aptitude for document review projects than others – one only needs to work on a project before knowing the answer to that question.
Beyond qualifications and aptitude, here are some traits that we believe make excellent document review lawyers:
The benefits of working as a review lawyer are personal to each one, but the one we hear most often are flexibility, which allows the lawyer to juggle other aspects of their life, while keeping their legal skills sharp. Many of our review lawyers enjoy delving into varying types of cases that they would not otherwise be exposed to in a practice environment.
Perhaps it is the “contract” idea that leads some to think of these positions as casual; however, we view all of our review lawyers as critical to e-discovery process and value them immensely.