Lawyer Referral Service

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right lawyer for your legal needs.

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(216) 696-3532 or (877) CLEV-BAR
Weekdays  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Do you need help finding a lawyer you can trust? We can help connect you with a local attorney. We connect 13,000+ people each year to experienced attorneys who counsel individuals regarding their legal issues. Our Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is here to build bridges between you and lawyers in our community. CMBA has been a trusted resource since 1873. LRS has 150+ attorneys who are experienced in 100+ areas of law who are ready to assist you. We can connect you with the right attorney for your legal needs.

The attorneys on the LRS
     - are licensed in Ohio and in good standing with the Supreme Court of Ohio
     - maintain professional liability insurance
     - maintain an office or physical presence in Northeast Ohio
     - have 5+ years of experience handling legal matters


Being referred is a great way to find an experienced lawyer who can help you with a legal problem you are experiencing. LRS can help connect you to the right attorney at the right time. Although the  referral and initial consultation are always free, please know that the LRS attorneys do not provide pro bono services or reduced rates. 

Upon being referred, simply call and speak with the lawyer's office. Neither you nor the lawyer are obligated to go any further than that. If the lawyer can help and agrees to represent you, negotiate legal fees with peace of mind, knowing you have been connected with an experienced and reputable attorney registered with our service. All attorneys on the LRS are experienced, in good standing with the Ohio Supreme Court and maintain professional liability insurance. If the lawyer cannot help you, you are welcome to contact LRS again for additional referral(s).

Referrals by Phone: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at (216) 696-3532 or toll fee (877) CLEV-BAR.

Referrals Online: CMBA maintains a Lawyer Referral Directory Online, accessible 24/7 here
For assistance using the Online Directory or understanding what type of attorney might address your situation, please contact LRS by phone. An Intake Specialist can assist you in selecting an appropriate attorney for referral.

CMBA LRS does not refer pro bono or reduced-rate attorneys.

Information Resources    F.A.Q.

Testimonials: Clients who use the LRS are often very grateful for the assistance LRS and the referred lawyer provides.
"Because of CMBA, I found an excellent attorney. He was very fast." Esmeralda, 2018 LRS client

"Thanks for the great referral. What a lovely human being. Thanks for the service that you offer." Gina, 2018 LRS client 

"Because of CMBA LRS, I was able to hire competent legal representation as I relocate to Cleveland from another state. Competent representation is essential as I deal with real estate contracts." Nancy, 2018 LRS client

"Thank you for your LRS. Your intake person was very clear, very helpful and very empathetic. She gave me the confidence to contact an attorney." Linda, 2017 LRS client

"The attorney was very helpful and kind. Thank you." Ruth, 2017 LRS client

"Because of CMBA's LRS I was able to conduct business in a timely manner, enter into contract confidently and well educated about the risks." Sandra, 2017 LRS Client

If you are a lawyer interested in becoming a member of LRS, please click here.


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Registered with the Supreme Court of Ohio.