The SMCBA Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Program is accepting new members in all practice areas, but have an immediate need for attorneys in the following areas: Bankruptcy, Consumer Rights, Education, Environmental Law, General Litigation, Intellectual Property, Municipal Law, Legal & Medical Malpractice, Social Security, and Taxation.

What is LRS?

The Lawyer Referral Service Program was established in 1958 as non-profit service of the San Mateo County Bar Association and is a State Bar of California certified program (Certificate 0039).

For a nominal fee, the LRS Program provides callers with the name of an attorney who will provide a thirty-minute interview. The interview is an opportunity for the prospective client to explain the general nature of their legal problem, for the attorney to explain his/her fee structure and to determine if the case is one he/she wishes to pursue.

Why join the LRS?

  • Grow your business and expand your client base.
  • Just last year the LRS sent over 1,900 referrals to more than 100 attorneys.
  • In the past year, the participating attorneys have generated more than $900,000 in attorney fees.
  • Our LRS agents are highly trained to carefully screen and match a client to a qualified and experienced attorney.
  • The LRS is a non-profit service that serves the public with a referral to a lawyer who is able to render and is interested in rendering legal services for a particular legal problem.
  • Provide a service to the community.
  • Attorneys must be active and in good standing with the State Bar of California.
  • Maintain a law office within the geographical service area, defined as all of the County of
    San Mateo and the Palo Alto/Mountain View Judicial District of the County of Santa
    Clara. LRS clients may not be seen in a home office.
  • Show that at least 25% of professional time and practice is devoted to and in the
    geographical service area.
  • Must maintain malpractice insurance in the amount of $100,000/$300,000. A special policy is available which covers the attorney for these limits only on cases from the LRS. Download the Lawyers Mutual Application.
How Does LRS Work?:
When attorneys join our LRS Panel among other things, they
  • Provide the client with a consultation of up to 30-minute without charge.

Dues for memberships in the LRS for SMCBA members are as as low as $65 for base participation. Dues are higher for non-SMCBA members.

LRS General Membership Application

LRS Membership Agreement

Supplemental Applications for Specialty Panels: 

Business LawBankruptcy Law;

Criminal Law; Criminal Law Appellate; Criminal Law Juvenile

Elder Dependent Adult Protection Team (EDAPT)

Estate Planning/Probate; Family Law; General Lit; Immigration Law; Intellectual Property

Limited Scope Representation; Miscellaneous Panels; Personal Injury; Real Estate; Taxation Law

For more information or to join the LRS, please contact Barbara Guzman, Lawyer Referral Service Program Coordinator at 650.298.4017.