Lawyer Referral Service

Looking to HIRE AN ATTORNEY? Click Here to visit our online Lawyer Referral Service.


Are you a BAR ATTORNEY seeking the IN-COURT ASSIGNMENT CALENDARS? Or a criminal defense attorney interested in the In-Court Lawyer Referral Service Program? Click Here for bar date assignment calendars and program information!



Does your client have a legal problem outside your area of expertise? No problem. Simply refer them to the CBA’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS). Our attorneys have been screened and must meet specific practice requirements. LRS attorneys are engaged in private practice and charge regular rates (no pro bono referrals). You can refer clients with confidence because the CBA LRS:

  • Meets ABA standards for Lawyer Referral and Information Services
  • Screens attorneys for experience and malpractice insurance
  • Has attorneys located throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs who practice in 40+ areas of law and speak several different foreign languages
  • Offers referrals by telephone (312-554-2001) and online at



Build your client base! If you would like to receive referrals and meet the requirements of the program, the CBA’s LRS can be a source of potential clients at a relatively low cost. Annual dues range from $75 - $300 for CBA members (rates are double for nonmembers). You collect a $30 fee for the CBA from each person referred that has an office consultation and pay 15% of fees collected on retained referred matters.


General Panel Qualifications

  • Handle general civil litigation (contract disputes, collections, property damage, etc.)
  • Admitted to practice for a minimum of one year and engaged in the substantial private practice of general areas of law.
  • Maintain an office outside your home with telephone access.
  • Maintain an adequate office calendar/support system for tracking cases.
  • Have reasonable courtroom experience.
  • Complete written application, maintain professional liability insurance, obtain approval of screening panel.
  • If approved, annual registration fee of $75 if in practice under 5 years; $100 if 5 years or more (rates are double for nonmembers).


Special Experience Panels

  • In addition to General Panel qualifications above, must have at least 5 years' concentrated experience in area of law applying for.
  • Annual registration fee of $150 or $200 (depending on panel) for up to 4 panels (rates are double for nonmembers).


Limited Scope Referral Panels

  • The CBA also has three Limited Scope Referral Panels in addition to the General and Special Experience Panels above. The three panels cover the following areas of law: landlord-tenant, domestic relations, and debt collection/consumer. Panelists must offer a wide variety of “unbundled” legal services to join these panels, which primarily target modest means clients.
  • There is no annual registration fee to join these panels. Referrals are made at the courthouse and not through the LRS telephone and online systems.


Click Here for Applications to join the LRS!


Click Here for a list of Legal Categories/Panels to see the areas of law for which attorneys can apply!


Additionally, the Lawyer Referral Service has an ARDC panel of attorneys experienced in representing attorneys in disciplinary proceedings before the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Attorneys needing a referral should call the Lawyer Referral Service at (312) 554-2001 or the Director at (312) 554-2071.