Community Sourced eDiscovery Pricing Survey Results Released

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Rob Robinson of ComplexDiscovery Solutions released his crowdsourced, unscientific Winter Pricing Survey Results with per GB, per device and per hour figures for collection, processing and hosting.  

EDRM is grateful for the opportunity to support this important input into budgeting, salary and proportionality calculations.

The survey is described as follows:

Based on the complexity of data and legal discovery, it is a continual challenge to fully understand what is representative of industry-standard pricing for the delivery of eDiscovery products and services. With this challenge in mind, the semi-annual eDiscovery Pricing Survey is designed to provide insight into eDiscovery pricing through the lens of 15 specific questions answered by legal, business, security, and information professionals operating in the eDiscovery ecosystem. The winter 2019 survey was open from November 19, 2019, until November 29, 2019, and had 80 respondents share their understanding of the pricing of eDiscovery services.

Example metrics are below. Click through to the full report with graphical analysis.  No registration required.

1. What is the per hour cost for a collection by a forensic examiner?

  • Less than $250 per hour. 18.8%
  • Between $250 and $350 per hour. 62.5%
  • Greater than $350 per hour. 2.5%
  • Do not know. 16.2%

2. What is the per device cost for a collection by a forensic examiner?

  • Less than $250 per device. 12.5%
  • Between $250 and $350 per device. 16.2%
  • Greater than  $350 per device. 51.3%
  • Do not know. 20.0%

The report continues with the results for project management rates, processing, hosting, expert witness rates, license fees and other helpful data.


Mary Mack

Mary Mack is the CEO and Chief Legal Technologist for EDRM. Mary is the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West Treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel and the co-author of A Process of Illumination: the Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery. She a member of the Illinois Bar and holds the CISSP among her certifications.

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