Is your lawyer licensed?
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Every American lawyer is licensed for practice in some State, but very few, if any, lawyers are licensed to practice in every state. The question raised regularly is whether a lawyer licensed in state A is also licensed in State B. Traditionally this answer would be determined by contacting the local bar association of the state. That still is a way to do it, but now, it can be done quicker, easier and less expensively by researching the online database of a State. These databases multiply quickly. Practically unknown in the decade of 1990, today there exist over 44 active databases.
The question is… Where do you find these databases? Many times, the information is supplied by the bar association of the State, but at times the data is originated from the judicial system of the State, disciplinary agencies or state bar examiners. To simplify this research we have organized the following list of lawyer databases, which include the telephone number of each states licensing authority.
Notice: If you find your lawyer in one of the following databases, your work is completed. If the lawyer is not listed, however, you should call the telephone number to determine conclusive, if the lawyer in question is registered in that State. Due to privacy worries, some States permit that their lawyers, to opt out of the online database.
Although this guides focus is to help you determine if a lawyer is licensed to practice in a particular State, there are many others kinds of databases online specific to a State in which information about a particular lawyer can be obtained.
Many of these resources can be found in the LegalDockets.com website.
Alabama State Bar
, 334-269-1515 Alaska Alaska Bar Association
, 907-272-7469 Arizona State Bar of Arizona
, 602-340-7239 Arkansas Arkansas Judiciary
, 501-682-6849 California State Bar of California
, 213-765-1200 Colorado Colorado Supreme Court
, 303-866-6554 Connecticut Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee
, 860-568-5157 Delaware
Clerk of the Supreme Court of Delaware, 302-739-4155 District of Columbia D.C. Bar
, 202-626-3475 Florida Florida Bar
, 850-561-5832 Georgia State Bar of Georgia
, 404-527-8700 Hawaii Hawaii State Bar Association
, 808-537-1868 Idaho Idaho State Bar
, 208-334-4500 Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission
, 312-565-2600 Indiana Indiana Supreme Court
, 317-232-5861 Iowa Iowa Judicial Branch
, 515-725-8029, (press “2” for a directory of subjects, then “3” for attorney information) Kansas
Kansas Attorney Registration, 785-296-8409 or firstname.lastname@example.org Kentucky Kentucky Bar Association, Membership Department
, 502-564-3795 Louisiana Louisiana State Bar Association
, 800-421-5722 or or 504-566-1600 Maine
Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, 207-623-1121. Please note: Maine provides an Attorney Information Search
that lists all attorneys ever admitted to practice in Maine. However, you must call the Board of Overseers to determine if an attorney remains in good standing.” Maryland Client Protection Fund of the Bar of Maryland
, 410-260-3635 Massachusetts The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
, 617-728-8750 Michigan State Bar of Michigan
, 800-968-1442 Minnesota Minnesota Judicial Branch, Lawyer Registration Office
, 651-296-2254 Mississippi Mississippi Supreme Court
, 601-359-3694 Missouri Missouri Bar
, 573-635-4128 Montana State Bar of Montana
, 406-447-2211 Nebraska Nebraska State Bar Association
, 800-927-0117 Nevada State Bar of Nevada
, 702-382-2200 New Hampshire
New Hampshire Bar Association, 603-224-6942
New Hampshire Supreme Court, 603-271-2646 New Jersey
New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners, 609-984-2111 New Mexico State Bar of New Mexico
, 505-797-6000 New York New York State Unified Court System
, 212-428-2800 North Carolina North Carolina State Bar
, 919-828-4620 North Dakota North Dakota Supreme Court
, 701-328-2221 Ohio Supreme Court of Ohio
, 614-387-9320 Oklahoma
Oklahoma Bar Association, 405-416-7000 Oregon
Oregon State Bar, 800-452-8260, ext.0 Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
, 717-731-7073 Rhode Island Rhode Island Bar Association
, 401-421-5740 South Carolina South Carolina Bar
, 803-799-6653 South Dakota State Bar of South Dakota
, 605-224-7554 or 800-952-2333 Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee
, 615-361-7500 or 800-486-5714 Texas State Bar of Texas
, 800-204-2222 Utah Utah State Bar
, 801-531-9077 Vermont Vermont Judiciary, Attorney Licensing
, 802-828-3281 Virginia Virginia State Bar
, Membership Department, 804-775-0530 Washington Washington State Bar Association
, 800-945-WSBA West Virginia West Virginia State Bar
, 866-989-8227 Wisconsin State Bar of Wisconsin
, 608-257-4666 Wyoming Wyoming State Bar
Footnote1Finding Lawyers: Directories, Web Sites & State Bar Sources, LLRX.com, December 17, 2001.
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