Please use the Get a Referral Now button below to obtain a referral. The CMBA offices will be closed December 23 - 25 and December 30- January 4 for the holidays. You may obtain a referral anytime using the website. 

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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 140+ 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.

There is no charge for receiving a lawyer referral through the CMBA's Lawyer Referral Service. The initial consultation with the attorney is free. The attorneys in our service are private attorneys, and will charge standard fees if you choose to hire them to represent you. Cost can be discussed with the attorney after the referral is made. Please keep in mind that the LRS attorneys do not provide pro bono services. 

Additional Resources

CMBA Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) provides referrals to private attorneys for hire. If LRS cannot provide a referral for any reason, we will do our best to otherwise help people however we can. 

To this end, the following links and contacts are provided as a public service only. Neither the CMBA nor our LRS are directly affiliated with any of these organizations, and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information they provide. Contact information is subject to change.

For Pro Bono (volunteer or free lawyer) assistance:
-The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
(216) 687-1900
Toll-free Intake: (888) 817-3777
Mon/Weds/Fri 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tues/Thurs 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Cuyahoga County Public Defender: (216) 443-7223

Military Legal Assistance:
-U.S. Coast Guard Ninth District Legal Office: (216) 902-6010;
-ABA Military Pro Bono Project: (312) 988-5783
-Ohio Military/Veterans Legal Assistance Project: (614) 236-6769;

Local Law School Legal Clinics:
-Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Clinics:
(216) 687-3947
-Milton Kramer Law Clinic (Case): (216) 368-2766

Guidance for pro se litigants
(those representing themselves in court):
-Ohio Legal Help:
-Cleveland Law Library Association:

Housing Rights Information:
- The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland: 
(216) 861-5955
- Cleveland Court Housing Specialists: (216) 664-4295

Consumer Protection:
-Ohio Attorney General:; (800) 282-0515

HIPAA Violations:
-U.S. Dept. Health and Human Services:
-Region V Office for Civil Rights:; (800) 368-1019

Other Bar Associations:
The American Bar Association: (800) 285-2221
Ohio State Bar Association: (800) 282-6556
Akron Bar Association: (330) 253-5038
Cincinnati Bar Association: (513) 381-8359
Columbus Bar Association: (614) 221-0754
Dayton Bar Association: (937) 222-6102
Lorain County Bar Association: (440) 323-8416
Medina County Bar Association: (330) 725-9794
Mahoning County Bar Association: (330) 746-2933
Richland County Bar Association: (419) 524-9944
Stark County Bar Association: (330) 453-0685
Toledo Bar Association: (419) 242-9363
Local Courts

The Supreme Court of Ohio: (800) 826-9010
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Professional Complaints

The Ohio State Dental Board:; (614) 466-2580
The Ohio State Medical Board:; (800) 554-7717
The Ohio State Veterinary Board: (614) 644-5281
Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation: (800) 644-6292 

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