Lawyer Referral Service

Each year, more than 20,000 people contact the CMBA for help finding a lawyer.

The CMBA Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is proud to bridge the gap between the Cleveland community and the diverse network of attorneys accepting referrals through LRS. Let LRS help your next client find YOU!

LRS economically complements your bottom line, aiding your business development and advertising campaigns and bringing additional trust and visibility to your practice - along with a steady stream of screened referrals in your practice areas.

Apply to join LRS today! Only $250 per year for CMBA Members, $565 for Non-Members (experience requirements apply)

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Registered with the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Whether an individual is referred by phone through our Intake Hotline or via our 24/7 Online Referral Directory, it is up to the prospective client to contact you. After a free initial phone consultation, any additional services are negotiable. LRS does not make pro bono or reduced-rate attorney referrals. Individuals seeking pro bono services or expressing an inability to pay standard attorneys' fees are provided alternate resources.

If you are an attorney interested in joining CMBA LRS, please print, review, and complete the LRS Application [PDF]. Attorneys accepted into LRS participation must execute an LRS Participation Agreement, which will remain in effect for all renewal periods.

For more information and to discuss how LRS might work for you, contact LRS Manager James M. Smolinski at (216) 696-3525 x5002 or

CMBA LRS is Online – are you?

All LRS Attorneys are automatically included in the CMBA Online Referral Directory at This directory provides 24/7 public access to prospective clients looking to find you! A basic listing includes your contact information, geographic location, foreign language services, and years in practice. With a username and password, LRS attorneys can login to access and manage referral records Online.

Upgrade to an Enhanced Profile

LRS Attorneys can elect to purchase an Enhanced Profile listing in the Online Referral Directory for an additional $900 per year. Studies show that more and more legal consumers complete attorney searches online. Attorneys with Enhanced Profiles have preferred placement in the LRS Online Directory – placing you at or near the top of search results for your practice areas for every search.

LRS enhanced profiles also allow customization options not available to attorneys with the basic profile listing, such as  photos, more-detailed practice info, education and professional accomplishments, fee information, and more. 

Basic LRS Profile as compared to Enhanced LRS Profile