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Lawyer Referral Service: About Us

What We Do


The Fairfax Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is comprised of FBA full-fee attorneys who agree to meet with referred LRS clients for a half-hour initial consultation. LRS personnel carefully screens individuals to determine basic information regarding their legal issue. LRS staff reminds clients that if they retain the LRS attorney, work is then performed by that attorney at the attorney’s regular rates. The client is told what average hourly rates for attorneys are in the Northern Virginia area so that they are not surprised when fees are discussed.


Each year, the LRS refers over 2,500 individuals to member attorneys, with many more referred to social services, governmental, or consumer-related agencies. The FBA LRS is in the top echelon of referral services nationwide:


• We are one of only 20% nationwide certified by the ABA as meeting its standards for lawyer referral services

• We are one of only 14 referral services nationwide to win the ABA’s highest award given in recognition of superior service

• We have been awarded both the Award of Merit and Certificate of Achievement by the Virginia State Bar in recognition of both our Criminal Law and Family Law Experience Panels. We also received the FBA President’s Award for 2012 - 2013.


Snapshot of LRS Attorneys


• Years of experience for LRS attorney members ranges from 1 to 42 years, with 52% of the panel having over 15 years of experience. Approximately one-fourth of LRS attorneys have over 30 years of experience

• 61% of LRS panel members belong to law firms while 39% are sole practitioners.


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