Directory of Lawyer Referral Services
Lawyer Legion created this directory of non-profit Lawyer Referral Services managed by bar associations across the United States. Finding an attorney through a non-profit Lawyer Referral Service is an important alternative to searching the internet or using an online attorney directory.
Lawyer Referral Services are sponsored by many state, county, and city bar associations. Many of these programs have been referring individuals to a qualified attorney for more than 40 years.
Unlike the for-profit online attorney directories, non-profit lawyer referral services do not rate attorneys based on who is willing to pay more for an enhanced listing. Instead, Lawyer Referral Services make referrals on a rotating basis after grouping qualified attorneys by location and practice area.
The American Bar Association recognizes Lawyer Referral Services throughout the United States that meet certain standards. The American Bar Association also maintains a national directory of lawyer referral services in each state. The state bar may impose additional rules on the services and requirements for attorneys participating in Lawyer Referral Services in that state.
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Find Lawyer Referral Services in Your State
Use the map below to find a list of non-profit lawyer referral services in your state with links to more information about each service at the state, county, or local level. Most of the lawyer referral services listed below are sponsored by state or local bar associations.
District of Columbia (Washington D.C.)
Advantages of Lawyer Referral Services
Lawyer Referral Services provide many advantages over searching online or using a commercial attorney directory including:
- Lawyer Referral Service often have staff trained staff to answer your questions about finding a qualified attorney for your case;
- The trained staff often speaks Spanish or another foreign language;
- The attorneys meet eligibility standards to demonstrate their experience in a particular practice area;
- The attorneys must maintain a local bona fide office in that location;
- The attorneys must carry malpractice insurance;
- The attorneys must be in good standing with the State Bar and otherwise eligible to practice law in the local jurisdiction;
- Many lawyer referral services are certified by the state bar or approved by the American Bar Association (ABA); and
- Additional oversight is provided through a client satisfaction survey and other methods for receiving feedback.
ABA Standards for Lawyer Referral Services
The American Bar Association (ABA) has set standards for Lawyer Referral Services. These standards were developed to help clients receive qualified representation and to provide consumer protection.
In 1989, the ABA adopted the Model Supreme Court Rules Governing Lawyer Referral and Information Service. Those rules apply to the management of lawyer referral programs. The American Bar Association also maintains a Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Service.
Lawyer Referral and Information Services set requirements for participation beyond admission to practice because consumers contact bar association-sponsored lawyer referral and information services with the expectation of a referral to a competent attorney. There is an implied assurance of quality associated with a bar association referral.
As a public service, the association takes steps to ensure a certain measure of quality along with that referral. Experience panels raise the bar a little higher when needed for more complex areas of the law.
The ABA Model Rules, approved by the ABA House of Delegates in August of 1993, provide that a quality lawyer referral service should have subject matter and experience panels. To qualify as a service that meets ABA standards, a lawyer referral service must have a number of subject matter panels.
Lawyer Referral Service Rules - Learn more about the ABA and state bar rules for a non-profit lawyer referral service managed by a local bar association.
Finding a Lawyer Referral Service in Your Area
At Lawyer Legion, we understand the important role that lawyer referral services play in helping the public find a qualified attorney. Most states have at least one lawyer referral service. In many states, you can find lawyer referral services at both the state and local level.
These non-profit and community-based public services provide an alternative to searching on the internet or using an online directory to find a qualified attorney.
This article last updated on Thursday, September 29, 2017.