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Join The LRIS

Thank you for visiting the Lawyer Referral & Information Service portion of our website!  
Below you will find some general information on our service as well as links to a membership application and a membership booklet.  

Why Join LRIS?

The Lawyer Referral Service of the Akron Bar Association is the official referral service for Summit, Portage and Wayne Counties.  LRIS is American Bar Association approved, and exceeds the standards for the Ohio Supreme Court.  Our panel member attorneys reported earning over $1,000,000.00 in 2005 from our referrals.  Membership in our service is an opportunity for you to enhance your client base and support the Akron Bar Association, while also serving the public.  We also have a mentoring program available for new attorneys.

How Does it Work?

The referral service begins by collecting the client’s name, address and phone number as well as a brief description of the legal situation, in addition to a $30 fee (waived for Tort/Negligence, Social Security, Unemployment, Workers' Compensation, Malpractice & Wrongful Death situations).  After making the referral, the client is eligible to receive a ½ hour consultation with the referred panel attorney, either in person or over the phone. If the attorney is retained, the initial $200.00 in attorney fees received is considered a deductible.  LRIS receives 15% of any fees received after the initial $200.00.

How Do I Qualify to be listed on the Referral Panel?

1.     A lawyer must be actively engaged in the practice of law and be in good standing with the Akron Bar Association and the Ohio Supreme Court.

2. A lawyer makes written application to LRIS by furnishing the information called for on the application, including the insurance company, the policy number, and expiration date of his/her malpractice insurance.  The applicant shall show proof of this insurance by providing the LRIS with a copy of his/her malpractice insurance cover sheet and/or page(s) showing areas of law covered.  Coverage must remain in effect throughout the duration of work performed upon a referral matter.  An annual fee for the attorney must accompany the application.  Costs can be found here.

3.     Every year a lawyer on the referral list must submit a renewal in the form of the annual fee, evidence of his/her most recent malpractice insurance coverage, and the lawyer must update his/her referral application.

4.     Each lawyer must meet the experience criteria requirements as listed in the Membership Booklet.  Attorneys not meeting the criteria must use the mentor program offered by the Akron Bar Association.


CLICK ON ANY LINK BELOW FOR THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:

LRIS MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

LRIS CODE OF REGULATIONS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING
(to be signed & returned to the LRIS upon a retained referral)

CALCULATION WORKSHEET FOR PERCENTAGE FEES

INFORMATION & APPLICATION FOR MODEST MEANS REFERRAL PROGRAM

Questions?  Please contact Lynn Gittins, LRIS Director, by email or phone at (330) 253-5007.