Need a Lawyer?

There are many ways to find an attorney; but how reliable and creditable are these sources? End the guess work. Your legal needs are important and are not worth the risk. The Lawyer Referral and Information Service is offered by the Bar Association of Baltimore City and accredited by the American Bar Association. Click here to fill out a request form.

Visit the self-referral Form
Complete a referral form

Someone on our staff will contact you.

Not sure what type of lawyer you need? Click on the practice areas below for more information or call 410-539-5936 ext. 111 to speak to someone in person.

About Us

The Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS)* was established in 1954 by the Bar Association of Baltimore City. We realize that the legal process can sometimes be overwhelming and intimidating. Our service offers confidential, personal and hands-on assistance.

Through our legal hotline, we can offer you:

  • Referrals to Qualified Private Attorneys
  • General Legal Information and Answers
  • Referrals to Alternative Resources and Programs
  • Reduced Fee Services to the Low-Income

We are certified and receive national accreditation by the American Bar Association.

*Disclaimer: LRIS’ website is designed to provide general information to the public and is not intended to offer legal advice. Contacting LRIS does not create an attorney-client relationship. If your legal problem is an emergency, you should consult an attorney immediately.

Contact Us

If your case is urgent and you don’t have access to a computer, call 410-539-5936, Mondays through Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. You can also CLICK HERE and fill out our attorney request form, which is available 24/7.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS)?

LRIS is a public service of the Bar Association of Baltimore City. LRIS’ mission is to assist the public in obtaining qualified legal counsel, to provide general legal information to the public, and to inform the public of other resources that may be able to provide assistance.

How can the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) help me?

Whether you are buying a home, starting a business, dissolving a marriage, or settling a dispute, LRIS can put you in touch with a qualified and experienced lawyer that may be the solution to your problems.

Can I visit LRIS’ office for a referral?

LRIS solely operates online 24/7, or during intake hours. CLICK HERE to fill out the online form. Intake hours are Mondays through Fridays between
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m, call 410-539-5936.

What will it cost?

Some of our services are free, and others require a nominal fee.

To Receive a Referral to a Qualified Attorney: There is a fee of $35. This fee is paid to LRIS and entitles you to a half-hour consultation with the attorney in their office. During or after the consultation, representation fees and services will have to be arranged between you and the attorney if you decide to hire the attorney.

Some Consultations Are FREE: If it is determined that you are in need of a referral, the $35 fee is waived for matters related to: Lead Paint, Malpractice, Personal Injury, Social Security Disability, SSI, Unemployment, Worker’s Compensation and to all Active Members of the Military.

Can I receive a referral to a pro bono lawyer (someone who works completely for free)?

All of our lawyers are in private practice and do not work for free. If after the consultation you decide to hire the lawyer we referred you to, depending on the area of law, our attorneys are paid on an hourly, flat fee or contingency basis. The details of fees should be addressed during your consultation. If you have limited means, LRIS offers reduced fee services through its Access to Justice Program and for certain legal matters, Contact us for more information.

Helpful Links

Baltimore City Legal Services Directory

Baltimore City’s Public Defender’s Office

Circuit Court of Baltimore City

Legal Aid Bureau

Maryland Court System

Maryland State Bar Association

The People’s Law Library of Maryland

Office of the Mayor

Accredited LRIS’ in other states