What does a Document Review Attorney do?

Document review attorneys evaluate documents for other lawyers and determine their relevance to a particular case. They play a critical role in the discovery process and ensure they produce all relevant documents in response to a discovery request. They must also be mindful of the documents they produce to make sure they belong in the discovery. They review documents, highlight, and find pertinent information that may be helpful to process for courts. They examine documents and records for cases with high volumes of paper from the discovery process. Document review attorneys investigate hundreds of documents, including memos, letters, emails, or spreadsheets, to determine whether the information is relevant for the discovery request.

Document review attorneys examine documents for relevance, responsiveness, privilege, and confidentiality and summarize, tab, highlight, chart, and collect certain documents or information gleaned from the files. They create privilege and redaction laws. They must also be mindful of documents that contain confidential information about a client's business or trade secrets. Document review attorneys possess a law degree and on-the-job training.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Document Review Attorney Salaries

Average Base Pay

$51,318 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$37K
Median: $51K
$71K
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Document Review Attorney Career Path

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Read what Document Review Attorney professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
WilmerhaleWilmerhale
Ediscovery Attorney
Nov. 28, 2021

“Associates and Partners outside of the eDiscovery program are very collaborative and nice to work with.”

Virginia Housing Development AuthorityVirginia Housing Development Authority
Document Review Clerk
Aug. 11, 2021

“The hours are good and I do not have to work weekends which means I have a life.”

SuperCare HealthSuperCare Health
Documentation Specialist
Mar. 10, 2021

“In my experience at SCH I have had immense opportunities for both personal and professional growth.”

Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & AshleyBlasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley
Document Reviewer
Aug. 24, 2021

“I enjoy what I do a lot but I especially appreciate the work life balance BBGA encourages.”

ABBABB
Documentation Specialist
May 11, 2021

“Nice place to work and good to go”

EpiqEpiq
Paralegal Document Reviewer
Jul. 24, 2020

“Good for temporary work and good pay.”

MetaSourceMetaSource
Document Pre
Aug. 30, 2021

“You never feel appreciated and all the free lunches in the world do nothing to moral.”

KofileKofile
Document Preservation Specialist
Apr. 10, 2021

“Good hours close to home”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a document review attorney

When working as a document review attorney, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, MS Office Applications, Law Degree, Written Communication and MS EXCEL.

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The most common qualifications to become a document review attorney is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.