E-discovery salaries have climbed high enough that even lawyers with no relevant experience on their resumes may be tempted to try and cross over. Still, even with the serious demand for talent going on in the market right now, many e-discovery leaders at law firms or vendors may be reluctant to take a chance on untested candidates. 

Joseph Tate, chairman of e-discovery and practice advisory services at Cozen O’Connor, acknowledged that his firm is having “a real struggle” to find both attorney and nonattorney positions for its e-discovery team. Tate also noted that he hasn’t seen the demand for e-discovery talent in the market this high in years.