Knoxville Bar Association Legal Referral Service (Private Attorneys)

United States


If you do not qualify for free legal services, the Knoxville Bar Association has a Legal Referral Service which can refer you to an attorney who may be able to assist you with your problem. The information below is from their website.

Free legal consultation with trusted Knoxville lawyers.

The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) program can help you find a private attorney who has experience with your particular type of legal problem.  Established in 1958, the KBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) staff can match you with the right attorney to help you with your legal needs.

  • Have you been injured?

  • Are you having trouble with an employment matter?

  • Were you served with an eviction notice?

Legal problems can be confusing when you do not know where to turn for help.

Whether you need a lawyer, a consumer or public service group or a government agency, we're here to help you find the service that's right for you.   Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can assist you in finding the help you need.  The referral and either a phone or 30 minute office consultation with your lawyer are Absolutely FREE.

Telephone Referrals:
Please call (865) 522-7501
9:00 am – 12 noon and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. 

Online Referrals:
Use the online referral request form to get the name and telephone number of an attorney you can contact to see if they can help you.

What areas of Tennessee does the LRIS serve?

Our service provides referrals to attorneys who practice in the following counties, Knox, Anderson, Blount and Sevier County. If you have a legal matter outside of these counties, you may contact a local bar association in that county. While most county bar associations cannot provide a direct referral, they may be able to provide a list of their bar membership upon request. Visit the Tennessee Bar Association website for a full list of Tennessee county bar associations.

Can't afford to hire a lawyer? 

The Lawyer Referral Service does NOT provide referrals to pro bono attorneys or on a reduced fee/ sliding scale arrangement.  After the initial FREE consultation, each LRIS panel member will expect to be paid their normal fees for services. To see if you may qualify for legal assistance please contact the Legal Aid of East Tennessee at 865-637-0484.

We help people who do not know a lawyer.

Last year our LRIS assisted over 3,000 people in matters covering all areas of law, such as car accidents, divorce, workplace injuries, debt problems, buying or selling a house, buying a business, intellectual property, collection, retirement planning, criminal and traffic defense. We help people who do not know a lawyer to find one. We also make referrals to appropriate government or social service agencies. We even help people who need lawyers in other cities around the country.

Picking the right lawyer is the first step in getting a good result.  Let us help. What We Do

We will help you find the lawyer who best fits  your needs.

  • We put you in touch with an attorney to schedule up to a FREE 30-minute legal consultation.

  • We refer you to a licensed and insured attorney, not a paralegal or document preparer. 

  • Many of our panel attorneys have decades of experience.

  • Your lawyer will be an experienced professional in good standing with the state Board of Professional Responsibility and the Knoxville Bar Association.

  • We ask our attorneys to schedule an appointment for you within 24 to 48 hours whenever possible.

  • We can try to find an attorney near your home or work, and the consultation can occur in person or over the phone.

  • We do not guarantee that the attorney will take your case, but you will get to speak with them personally for up to 30 minutes.

  • Our panel attorneys must speak with you directly.  They cannot pass you off to a paralegal or any other person for the consultation.

How It Works

Fill out our online request form or call (865) 522-7501 to talk to our LRIS staff about the nature of your problem. When you request a lawyer from us, we want you to know that we care about, and protect your privacy. When you request a lawyer referral, we need to have the following: basic information about your legal matter which includes opposing business or individual; your full name; address and telephone number. This information will be shared with the referred attorney only.   The consultation will assist you in determining whether you need to hire a lawyer, the approximate cost for legal services and an estimate of the resolution time.  Once you have had your initial consultation, should you decide to retain an attorney, you will be expected to pay the attorney their normal and customary fees.Any services past the first half hour are between you and the attorney.  You and the attorney can decide if you wish to proceed with representation. You are not required to hire that attorney, and the attorney can decide not to take your case.

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