William and Mary Law School

How to Locate an Attorney

Updated by Fred Dingledy
November 2014

Introduction

This guide is intended to assist the patron who wants to find information about a specific attorney or who wants to locate an attorney who practices in a specific area of law or in a particular geographic area.

  1. Martindale-Hubbell Online
  2. Other Online Directories
  3. Print Directories
  4. Lawyer Referral Service
  5. Legal Aid
  6. Other Resources
Martindale-Hubbell

At  www.martindale.com you can search for contact information for lawyers, law firms, in-house counsel, corporate legal departments, U.S. government attorneys, and U.S. law school faculty members. Martindale Hubbell provides access to over 1 million lawyers and law firms in more than 160 countries.

Other Online Directories

Findlaw, owned by the parent company of Westlaw, allows searching for attorneys by name, location, and legal issue. Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers are selective nationwide directories of attornies.

Print Directories

Other directories listing attorneys are available in the law library. For a complete listing, enter the following term search in our online catalog:lawyers - united states - directories, or lawyers - virginia - directories

Two examples of directories listing Virginia lawyers are:

Hampton Roads Legal Directory ([Reference] KF193 .H36 H36) - This directory lists attorneys and law firms in the Hampton Roads area alphabetically.

Virginia's Legal Directory 
([Reference] KF190 V52) - This covers both Virginia and West Virginia, listing attorneys by name for the entire state , listing law firms by name for the entire state, and listing attorneys by city and county in Virginia. Addresses and telephone numbers are provided.

Lawyer Referral Service

707 E. Main St., Suite 1500
Richmond, VA 23219-2800
Tel.: (800) 552-7977

The Virginia Lawyer Referral Service is a service of the Virginia State Bar. The lawyer referral service provides referrals to an attorney who has indicated a particular interest in handling problems in the area of law requested by the individual requesting a referral. Participating attorneys have agreed to offer an initial 30-minute consultation for a fee of $35.00 or less. Prospective clients should ask the attorney directly about any fees before beginning a consultation.

Legal Aid

VaLegalAid.org provides information about legal aid in Virginia. You can use the Find Legal Help page for a nearby legal aid office by name or by location and legal issue. You can also call for legal aid information: 1-866-LEGALAID(1-866-534-5243).

Other Resources:

Books:

How to Deal with Your Lawyer: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions (LAW SELF-HELP KF311 F69 2008)

How to Train a Lawyer: The Client Handbook (LAW SELF HELP KF311 .H84 2014)

Your Lawyer: A User's Guide (LAW SELF-HELP KF311 Z9F69 2006)

Online articles:

"How to Find an Excellent Lawyer", Nolo (last visited November 17, 2014).

"When You Need to Lawyer Up", Consumer Reports Money Adviser (last updated September 2011).