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?

  • Expand your legal practice and increase your client base.
  • Generate additional income for your firm. In the past year, the participating attorneys have generated more than $700,000 in attorney fees.
  • Receive referrals in multiple areas of law. The program has 21 practice areas and over 100 sub-panels.
  • Just last year the LRS sent over 1,500 referrals to more than 100 attorneys.
  • 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.
  • Give back to the community and provide much needed legal services.
  • 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 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

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.

Application for LRS Membership

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


The SMCBA Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Program is a State Bar of California certified program. Attorneys on the LRS Program must comply with the minimum standards and certification requirements set by the State Bar of California.

Rules and Regulations of the State Bar of California.

For more information or to join the LRS Program, please contact the Lawyer Referral Service Program Coordinator at (650) 298-4017 or by email at: