About Lawyers

The Ohio State Bar Association is a voluntary association of attorneys, law school students and paralegals/legal assistants in the state of Ohio.

The OSBA is not permitted to form attorney-client relationships with members of the public, therefore we are unable to provide advice, counsel or representation to members of the public concerning specific legal matters. Please do not call or email the OSBA seeking information on legal matters.

If you need professional advice about a legal problem, but do not know a lawyer, check with relatives, friends, neighbors, your employer, co-workers, etc. They may be able to recommend a local attorney who has given them good service. If possible, it is wise to retain a lawyer who knows local court procedures and who practices regularly in the county where your legal problem will be resolved.

The yellow pages and other consumer advertising may be helpful, but be careful. Just because a law firm has a large display ad or advertises on TV does not mean they are the best qualified to handle your problem. A recommendation from someone you know and trust is much more reliable.

In each of Ohio's major metropolitan areas and certain other counties, the local bar association sponsors a lawyer referral service. If you need a lawyer but cannot find one in any of the counties listed below, you can call the referral service to obtain the name of a lawyer. Often the lawyer will schedule a half hour consultation for a very affordable fee (typically $15-$25). Ask for fee information when you call.

Find a Lawyer

Search our Find a Lawyer directory by name, practice area or location.

Lawyer referral services

All lawyer referral information services (LRIS) must be registered with the Supreme Court of Ohio.

To view the current listing of LRIS, click here or search the listing below.

CountyCityBar AssociationPhone
AllenLima Allen County Bar Association

​(419) 224-7534

ButlerHamilton Butler County Bar Association(513) 896-6671
ClermontBatavia Clermont County Bar Association(513) 732-2050
CuyahogaCleveland Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
(216) 696-3525
FranklinColumbus Columbus Bar Association(614) 221-0754
(877) 560-1014
HamiltonCincinnati Cincinnati Bar Association(513) 381-8359
(888) 628-2577
​Lake​Painesville​Lake County Bar Association
​(440) 350-5800
LorainElyria Lorain County Bar Association(440) 323-8416
LucasToledo Toledo Bar Association(419) 242-2000
MahoningYoungstown Mahoning County Bar Association
(330) 746-2737
MedinaMedina Medina County Bar Association(330) 725-9794
MontgomeryDayton Dayton Bar Association

(937) 222-6102

StarkCanton Stark County Bar Association​(330) 453-0686
SummitAkron Akron Bar Association(330) 253-5038
TrumbullWarren Trumbull County Bar Association(330) 675-2415

All Counties

Pro Seniors Legal Hotline & Referral Service(For persons over age of 60)(800) 488-6070

Legal Aid Providers

If you are interested in speaking to a legal aid provider, either call toll-free (866) LAWOHIO or click on the link below to search the listing of legal aid providers in Ohio.

Attorney Specialization Program

Learn about the Ohio State Bar Association program that certifies attorneys as specialists in particular areas of law and access lists of certified specialists.

Attorney Licensing

Link to the Supreme Court of Ohio's website for a complete listing of all attorneys licensed in Ohio.

A Consumer's Practical Guide to Managing a Relationship with a Lawyer

Link to the Supreme Court of Ohio's guidebook.

Filing a Complaint

Find information about lawyer ethics and link to the Supreme Court of Ohio's website for information about filing a complaint.




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