A public service provided by The Chicago Bar Association
The public’s trusted source for referrals since 1940
Local lawyers that practice in 40+ areas of law and speak a variety of languages
All lawyers screened for relevant practice area experience and carry malpractice insurance
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The Lawyer Referral Service is a non-profit public service of The Chicago Bar Association. Trusted since 1874, we have been making referrals for over 75 years to screened, qualified attorneys. Our attorneys have an average of 20 years experience and are thoroughly screened for relevant practice area experience and all carry malpractice insurance.
If you meet with the lawyer we refer, the lawyer will collect $30 at the initial consultation (which goes towards the operating costs of our service). The lawyer may also charge a fee for their time/service, which should be discussed directly with the lawyer prior to meeting.
During or after your initial consultation, the lawyer will discuss legal fees required to handle your matter. There is no obligation on your part or the lawyer to go beyond the initial telephone contact or meeting.
Talk to a Lawyer for Free the 3rd Saturday of Each Month
Call (312) 554-2001 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the program dates to speak to a volunteer Lawyer Referral Service attorney for general legal advice and self-help strategies.
Lawyers volunteer to be “on-call” after normal business hours in the following areas of law. If your matter is not of an urgent nature, please use our online referral system.
|Criminal Defense||David Gilbreth at 312-371-5344|
|Domestic Relations/Family Law||Jay Frank at 312-755-3166|
|Personal Injury||John Donlevy at 312-213-6504|
If you have an office consultation with one of the lawyers you reached through the After Hours Program, our $30 referral fee still applies.
Find lawyers who offer limited-scope representation / unbundled services. These lawyers allow you to hire them for a specific task. This is less expensive than hiring a lawyer under a traditional, full-service model.
CARPLS provides free or low-cost legal advice and referral information. CARPLS lawyers give free legal advice and referrals over the phone to people earning up to 350% of the Federal Poverty Level. Visit carpls.org to make an appointment or learn more about services offered by CARPLS.
Learn about your legal problem and find free legal forms at Illinois Legal Aid Online. ILAO offers free legal information and forms in over 30 areas of law. Many Spanish-language legal self-help resources are available on IllinoisLegalAid.org/es.
The Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) lawyers provide lower cost, quality legal services that often include fixed fees and flexible representation options (like unbundled, a la carte services). Find more information or contact a lawyer at jepchicago.org or 312-546-3282.
First Defense Legal Aid's Civil Rights Clinic offers free legal resources and representation to Chicagoans whose rights have been violated by police but are unable to find private counsel. If you believe your rights have been violated by police, call us 24/7/365 at 1-800-LAW-REP4 to connect with our work.
Each Law at the Library session features a presentation by an experienced lawyer followed by a brief question and answer period. All sessions are free and open to the public. No registration required.
CBA members, seasoned in areas of the law ranging from adoption to wills, serve as legal experts for the news media, and professional and community organizations.
"You and the Law" is a topical, panel-format talk show, emphasizing the public service aspects of the law.
The Chicago Bar Association is a voluntary professional organization for lawyers, providing education, networking, and career development programs. It is not mandatory to be a member of the Association. All lawyers in Illinois must register annually with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, an arm of the Illinois Supreme Court. If you are trying to locate an Illinois lawyer or verify their professional standing, you may search the ARDC at www.iardc.org or 312-565-2600.
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