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Lawyer Referral Services in Ohio

If you need to find an attorney in Ohio, then consider contacting one of the fifteen (15) different Lawyer Referral Services sponsors by city or county bar associations. Six (6) of these Lawyer Referral Services are recognized by the American Bar Association for meeting their standards for such programs.

These services will refer individuals to a local and qualified attorney in exchange for a nominal fee. The fee is used to run the program and pre-screen the attorneys for their good standing with the Ohio Bar Association, qualifications to serve on a panel for a particular type of legal problem and other eligibility criteria.

In the state of Ohio, Gov.Bar R. XVI regulates lawyer-referral-and-information services and requires them to operate in the public interest, to identify themselves as a lawyer referral service or a lawyer-referral-and-information service, and to register with the Supreme Court Office of Attorney Services. See Gov.Bar R. XVI(1)(A)(1) and (2) and (B).

List of Lawyer Referral Services in Ohio

Akron Bar Association LRIS
57 South Broadway
Akron, OH 44308

Phone: 330-253-5038

Toll-free: 866-OUR-LAWS (866-687-5297)

Website: http://www.akronbar.org/needalawyer.cstm

Serving Summit County, Portage County, Wayne County, Cuyahoga County, Medina County, and Stark County

Butler County Bar Association LRS
315 Maple Avenue
Hamilton, Ohio 45011

Phone: 513-896-6671

Website: https://www.butlercountybar.org/referral.aspx

Serving Butler County and Hamilton County

Cincinnati Bar Association LRS
225 E. Sixth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Phone: 513-381-8359

Toll-free: 888-628-2577

Website: http://www.cincybar.org/about/services/lawyer-referral-service.php

Serving Hamilton County, Clermont County, Warren County, Butler County in Ohio;
Boone County, Kenton County, Campbell County in Kentucky and Dearborne County in Indiana.

Clermont County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
Lawyers' Referral Service
c/o Law Library
270 E. Main Street
Batavia, Ohio 45103

Phone: (513)732-2050

E-Mail: cclaw@cclla.org

Website: www.clermontlawlibrary.com/

Serving Clermont County, Hamilton County, Brown County, Adams County

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association LRS
1375 East 9th Street, Floor 2
Cleveland, OH 44114-1785

Phone: 216-696-3532 or 216-696-3525

Toll-free: 877-CLEV-BAR

Website: http://www.clemetrobar.org/LRS/

Serving Cleveland and Cuyahoga County

Columbus Bar Association LRS
175 S. Third St., Suite 1100
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614-221-0754

Toll-free: 877-560-1014

Website: http://www.cbalaw.org/CBA_PROD/Main/Resources/Public/LRS.aspx

Serving Columbus, Franklin County, Licking County, Fairfield County, Delaware County and Pickaway County

Dayton Bar Association LRS
109 N. Main St., Ste - 600
Dayton, OH 45402

Phone: 937-222-6102 or 937-222-6824

Website: http://www.daybar.org/public/lrs/request-a-lawyer.php

Serving Dayton, Montgomery County, Miami County, Greene County, Darke County and Warren County

Hocking County Bar Association - Lawyer Referral Service
Logan, OH

Phone: 740-385-8561 x3105

Serving Hocking County

Lake County Bar Association LRIS
Courthouse-West Annex, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 490
25 North Park Place  
Painesville, Ohio  44077

Phone: 440-350-5800

Website: http://www.lcba-ohio.org/referral.htm

Serving Lake County, Geauga County, Ashtabula County, Cuyahoga County

Mahoning County Bar Association LRS
114 E. Front St.
Suite 100
Youngstown, OH  44503

Phone: 330-746-2737

Website: http://www.mahoningbar.org/public_resources/lrs_public/lawyer_referral_public.htm

Serving Mahoning County

Medina County Bar Association LRS
93 Public Square
Medina, Ohio 44256

Phone: 330-725-9794

Website: http://www.medinabar.org/literature/

Serving Medina County

Pro Seniors, Inc.
Cincinnati, OH

Phone: 513-345-4160

Toll-free: 800-488-6070

Serving Individuals Statewide

Stark County Lawyer Referral Service
116 Cleveland Ave., N.W.
Suite 400
Canton, Ohio 44702

Phone: 330-453-0686 or 330-453-0685

Website: http://starkctybar.com/referrals.htm

Serving Stark County

Toledo Bar Association LRS
311 N. Superior St.
Toledo, OH 43604-1421

Phone: 419-242-2000

Website: http://www.toledobar.org/referral.aspx

Serving Lucas County and all of Northwest Ohio

Trumbull County Bar Association LRS

Phone: 330-675-2415

Website: http://www.tcba.net/

Serving Trumbull County and Mahoning County

Additional Resources

Ohio's Attorney Board Certifications - Visit the website of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) to find information on the process of becoming a board-certified legal specialist. The Ohio State Bar Association certifies specialists in eleven practice areas including Administrative Agency Law, Appellate Law, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law., Family Relations Law, Federal Tax Law, Insurance Coverage Law, Labor and Employment Law, Real Property - Business, Commercial, and Industrial Law, Real Property - Residential Law, and Workers' Compensation Law. Standards for certification for different practice areas vary. Review Rule XIV of the Rules for the Government of the Bar for general information about specialty certification in Ohio.

Legal Organizations in Ohio - Find a list of legal organizations in Ohio including the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA), and the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice.

Finding an Attorney in Ohio

If you need to find an attorney in Ohio, then consider beginning your search with a Lawyer Referral Service in your area. These services help the public find a local and qualified lawyer in a fast and convenient way.

All attorneys are pre-screen for their good standing with the Ohio State Bar Association, qualifications to serve on a panel for a particular practice area of the law and other important eligibility criteria.

Six of these services are recognized by the American Bar Association for meeting its standards for a Lawyer Referral Service. These non-profit community-based public services provide an important alternative to searching for an attorney online or through a commercial directory.

This article was last updated on Friday, November 19, 2019.