Lawyer Referral Service FAQ

What Is LRS?

The Alameda County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) refers clients to attorneys who have been assigned to various subject matter panels. Our service is well-established, respected in the Alameda County legal community, and certified by the State Bar of California under Business and Professions Code §6155.

Why Should I Join

LRS receives more than 18,000 calls and emails a year. Our trained staff only refer cases matching your experience and interests. As an LRS panel member, you receive quality referrals for a small fraction of the cost of advertising in the yellow pages or on the internet. Whether you are hanging a shingle for the first time, or have an established practice, we can help your practice grow.

Am I eligible to join?

You are eligible to join the Lawyer Referral Service if you:

  • Maintain an office in Alameda County
  • Carry malpractice insurance
  • Provide proof of experience for required panels
How does it work?

A client calls the Lawyer Referral Service and explains his or her legal problem to a professional referral counselor. After evaluating the case, the LRS counselor provides the client with contact information for two qualified attorneys. The client then contacts you directly to schedule his or her consultation. The client’s placement fee includes a consultation of up to 30 minutes with an attorney. At that time, you can decide whether you can help them and discuss your fee arrangement.

Let our referral specialists take care of the intake!

Discounts available for ACBA members

Join the ACBA today! Learn more

How do I sign up?

For more information about the ACBA Lawyer Referral Service, or to sign up, please contact LRS Program Director Rachel  Shigekane at (510) 302-2210 or

Click here to download an application.

I believe that working with the LRS has been an important part of my success as an attorney. The LRS has helped me to establish a great deal of contacts, not just with clients and potential clients, but also with other attorneys and court personnel that I might not have met had it not been for the LRS. The LRS is vital to anyone looking for more exposure.
Michelle Jacobson-Kwok ACBA Member
The ACBA has great, helpful, friendly staff in a great location with free CLE – that can’t be beat by any other bar association, local or otherwise! 
Bruce Bernstein 18-year LRS panel member
LRS Client Leads

Latest News

LRS seeks Modest Means Family Law and Tenant Defense Attorneys

LRS is actively recruiting panel members for the following areas of law:

  • Landlord / Tenant
  • Modest Means Family Law
  • Conservatorships

We have a particular need for tenant attorneys with experience in unlawful detainers. Each year we receive approximately 500 calls from the public for landlord /tenant and real estate matters and we are unable to place a majority of those cases. Help your practice grow while serving the needs of our community!

Contact LRS Director Rachel Shigekane at (510) 302-2210 or for more information on joining the Tenant/Landlord panel!

Also needed: panel attorneys in all areas of law who serve Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin speakers.

LRS is seeking Governing Committee members

If you are interested, please contact Rachel Shigekane at (510) 302-2210 or

For more information about the LRS Governing Committee, click here.

Non-negligent referrals

Do you have a client you can’t help? When you refer them to the ACBA Lawyer Referral Service, you do not have any liability for a negligent referral.

The ACBA Lawyer Referral Service has attorneys specializing in numerous areas of law, including:

  • Appeals
  • Family
  • Probate, Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning
  • Bankruptcy
  • Immigration
  • Real Estate
  • Business
  • Juvenile
  • SSDI
  • Criminal
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Taxation
  • Disability Rights
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Elder Abuse
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Employment
  • Personal Injury