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 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.

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
How do I sign up?

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

Click here to download an application.

Latest News

LRS is seeking Governing Committee members. If you are interested, please contact Beth Litwin at (510) 302-2210 or

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