"Charge by the Hour" E-Discovery is Dead, Says Maryland EDD Firm

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Imagined obituary details the death of long-endured "By-the-Hour" style; more efficient and cost-effective alternatives presented.

Jones Dykstra & Associates

and at the case's conclusion, we know we'll be able to add you to the list of clients who are satisfied with both the work that we did and the price that they paid.

Jones Dykstra & Associates believes that "Charge-by-the-Hour" E-Discovery is dead, and they've got the obituary to prove it.

"We've been doing fixed-price e-discovery for over two years now," says Keith Jones, Senior Partner of JD&A. "Our clients really appreciate that they'll know, up front, what their EDD collection, analysis, or production is going to cost. That's why we wrote up the obituary; we felt that many firms haven't yet realized that they have a choice, and the obit allows us to articulate why getting billed strictly by the hour just isn't the way to go."

The obituary, which has been posted to the JD&A website, details the farcical death of "Charge-by-the-Hour" E-Discovery, what its passing means to the industry, and real-life alternatives for those "affected."

Excerpted from the obituary: "While overbilling clients late last Thursday, "Charge-by-the-Hour" Electronic Discovery, nineteen years old, died. Well-known in the legal community for its close relationships with "Wasted Man-Hours" and "A Total Lack of Incentive to Finish a Job Quickly and Efficiently," its cause of death remains unclear.

Initial autopsy reports suggest that the death of "By-the-Hour" EDD can be attributed to natural causes, such as market pressures and more reasonable pricing alternatives, but police have yet to rule out spoliation.

Keith Jones, Senior Partner of Jones Dykstra & Associates, was available for immediate comment.

"We're starting to see more and more cases where attorneys abandon this type of EDD pricing structure and embrace its much more efficient, straightforward cousin, 'Fixed-Price' E-Discovery. 'Charge-by-the-Hour' has been on its way out for some time now."

"It's hard," one associate added. "You really never get used to this sort of thing." (obituary continued)

Back in the real world, Keith urges any firms who are tired of nebulous price estimates, getting charged by the hour, and being blindsided with extraneous fees to contact JD&A for their next e-discovery case.

"We'd love to hear from you," says Jones, "and at the case's conclusion, we know we'll be able to add you to the list of clients who are satisfied with both the work that we did and the price that they paid."

About Jones Dykstra & Associates
Jones Dykstra & Associates (JD&A) is a consulting firm specializing in computer forensics, e-discovery, incident response, and computer security training services. JD&A's team is comprised of industry-recognized experts with high-level technical certifications and government clearances. The company is based in Columbia, Maryland.

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