ACBA Lawyer Referral Service 50 Years of Service to the Community

There are three ways to connect with a lawyer through the Alameda County Lawyer Referral Service

1. Leave us an online request. 

This is the quickest way to reach our referral specialists.

2. Call: 510.302.2222 (ACBA) and press option 4

The LRS phone lines are open from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Monday through Friday. If you call our phone lines during our open hours, you will have a chance to speak directly with an LRS staff person. Press 1 for Spanish and press 2 for Mandarin/Cantonese.

3. Book your appointment and meet with a lawyer online*

You can book an online appointment with an LRS attorney without waiting to speak with an LRS staff person by following these easy steps:

  • Book with a lawyer – quickly book an online appointment by clicking “Book a Consultation Now,” below.
  • Connect with your lawyer – At your appointment time, you can connect with the lawyer by phone or video on any device. No app download is required.

You can then choose to continue to work with your lawyer, all online.

Booking an online appointment is right for you if you:

  • know that you have a legal issue in one of the following areas:
    • Housing and Real Estate
    • Business and Commercial                      
    • Employment & Benefits
    • Immigration & Human Rights
  • have the means to pay for a lawyer’s services
  • are willing to work with a lawyer by phone or videoconference; and
  • can communicate in English (if you cannot, we have services available in Spanish and Mandarin/Cantonese. Please call 510.302-2222 press 1 for Spanish and 2 for Mandarin/Cantonese)

Please note there are no refunds of the $40 administrative referral fee. The LRS does not guarantee that an attorney will take a client’s case.

*Online referral booking is powered by Qase. Qase privacy and termsQase is optimized for the Firefox, Chrome and Safari browsers. 

We take the guesswork out of finding a lawyer: ACBA Lawyer Referral Service

Need a Lawyer in Alameda County?

The Alameda County Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) has been the trusted source for lawyer referrals in Alameda County for 50 years. The State Bar of California regulates and certifies our program. 

Our LRS can match you with a pre-screened Alameda County lawyer who is qualified to help you with your legal needs. The lawyers in our network have been carefully screened to ensure that they have ample experience in the area of law in which you need assistance.

How does it work?

Our Lawyer Referral Service has been the trusted source for lawyer referrals in Alameda County for 50 years. The State Bar of California regulates and certifies our program. For most areas of law, we charge a $40 referral fee (or $15 fee for our modest means panel) and can provide you with up to two attorney referrals. Please note that the referral fee is nonrefundable.

Upon contacting the attorney, you would arrange for a free initial consultation that will last no more than 30 minutes. After the consultation, the attorney will decide if they can represent or assist you. We cannot guarantee that an attorney will take your case; this is a decision for the attorney to make.

If the attorney is able to represent you, the attorney will discuss with you their fee schedule. Most attorneys charge an hourly rate for their time. A typical hourly rate will range between $300 to $400 per hour. Some attorneys also charge a retainer fee that can range between $3,000 to $5,000.

How do I know I’m getting the right lawyer for my case?

The Alameda County lawyer referral service has attorneys practicing in more than 70 different areas of law. We screen all LRS attorneys for their experience, knowledge and professionalism.

Why not just find a lawyer in the phone book or ask a friend?

People have trusted our LRS for lawyer referrals in Alameda County for 50 years. We are regulated and certified by the State Bar of California. All LRS attorneys are pre-screened for their experience, knowledge, and professionalism. Additionally, all LRS attorneys are required to carry malpractice insurance. This allows you and your attorney to focus on what’s important—resolving your legal problem.

I don’t have money for an attorney, what should I do?

Please visit our resources page for a list of agencies in the Bay Area who may be able to help you. Legal Access Alameda holds legal clinics in a limited number of areas of law if you meet income guidelines.

Areas of Law Include:


Individual and commercial bankruptcy, collections, debt collection defense


Contracts, partnerships, business disputes


Wrongful termination, review of employment contracts, and severance agreements


Divorce, spousal support, child custody, visitation, and support, adoption


Deportation defense, visas, political asylum

Personal Injury

Vehicle accidents, slip and fall, property damages, malpractice claims against doctors and attorneys

Real Estate

Landlord and tenant, border disputes, real estate litigation

Social Security

Wills and Trusts

Estate plans, probate litigation, conservatorships, and guardianships

Worker's Compensation

These are just examples of the legal areas we can help with. Even if you don’t see your legal issue listed here, we may be able help you—contact us today!

DISCLAIMER: Your use of the LRS does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and the ACBA, the LRS, or the attorneys to whom you are referred unless you retain that attorney’s services. However, your communications, whether by phone or email, are confidential.

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