Finding A Lawyer

Finding an attorney to represent your interests, in court or otherwise, can be a difficult process. We hope the list of resources on this page will be beneficial to your search. The links provided below can provide such assistance as individualized referrals, referrals by geographic area, or referrals by practice area. As with any list of attorneys that can be found in your local telephone directory, however, a referral is not meant to be a substitute for the careful screening that each person should conduct before retaining an attorney. You are encouraged to ask any attorney you intend to retain for a list of references, areas of practice, or other suitable evidence of the attorney's ability to represent your interests.


If you are a person whose income meets the guidelines for free legal services in certain civil cases, you can check Legal Services of Missouri for a legal aid office near you.


If you are searching for an attorney in metropolitan St. Louis, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) maintains a Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) to assist you in your search.


For referrals in southwest Missouri, the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (SMBA) has a local Lawyer Referral Service as well.


If you are seeking assistance in a criminal case and are indigent or otherwise unable to afford a lawyer, you may be entitled to representation by the Missouri State Public Defender System. If you do not qualify for representation in a criminal case, please refer to the list of lawyer referral systems listed above.


LawyerSearch, maintained by The Missouri Bar (the organization of all lawyers licensed in Missouri), is a list of lawyers who have indicated they are currently accepting new clients. You can search by area of practice or by location. This list includes contact information for each lawyer listed.


The Official Missouri Directory of Lawyers lists every lawyer in Missouri who is in good standing with the Supreme Court of Missouri. Updated daily, it is the most authoritative and comprehensive listing of Missouri lawyers available. However, this directory does not provide contact information, nor do the listings indicate whether a particular lawyer is accepting new clients. Use this directory if you want to check a lawyer’s standing.

The Missouri Bar's website offers free law-related brochures about various areas of the law, including consumer, family and probate law; living wills and durable powers of attorney; and small claims issues.