Database Administrator

What is Litigation Support? Database Administrator

A career in litigation support encompasses multiple careers. This series of articles will describe how each plays a part in litigation support.

Overall, litigation support can be described as:
We assist litigators.
We speak and translate geek.
We work with litigation discovery, primarily in electronic format.

One of the careers within litigation support is a Database Administrator. In this role, we design, maintain and manipulate databases within a variety of software solutions. We import data, export data, search data, convert data, report on data and transfer data from one media to another.

We manage document reviews that use databases which require database management. We categorize data within a database. We run searches and save them for reuse. We design database coding forms.

Document productions are another aspect of dealing with databases. Once the document review is complete, we export data from the database into a production format.

The database administrator role writes batch files and scripts to automate tasks. Some might have a specialty with SQL or C# programming languages.

A litigation support analyst is most likely handling the role of database administrator, but there are plenty of litigation support project managers that do their own database administration.


  1. Amy as usual you never cease to amaze. You really are a great mentor and friend. I have and am learning so much from you about this industry and field. Another good article explaining what it is that we do and the tools that are used. We really are hybrids really and truly and I think that understanding that first and foremost helps.

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