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The Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) is a FREE referral service for anyone that has helped people navigate through the legal process to ensure that all in the community have access to justice.

Our most successful community program is the Lawyer Referral Information & Service (LRIS). The LRIS is a FREE over the phone referral service for anyone that has a legal question or is seeking to obtain legal counsel.

How it works

  • A trained interviewer assess the caller’s situation and determine the most appropriate way to proceed.

  • caller is then referred to either a private attorney, government agency, or community resource, depending on the nature of the legal problem.

  • If the caller is referred to an attorney, the first half hour consultation will cost no more than $20.

  • This is a free service. LRIS does not charge callers for information or referrals. All calls are treated confidentially.

  • There is no charge to receive a referral from us. The attorneys in our service are all private attorneys who set their own rates. Cost can be discussed with the attorney after the referral is made.

The LRIS has been in operation for over 60 years. We take over 13,000 calls annually to connect people with attorneys and community agencies in the greater Milwaukee area. We assist people everyday with their legal problems and help point them in the right direction.

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Client reviews

[The attorney] was extremely knowledgeable and responsive. He helped me navigate a tricky situation, and was upfront and honest about not only his services, but possible outcomes. I appreciated his candor and would highly recommend.

... a great attorney! I hired him to help with a bankruptcy case. This was very difficult for me. He made me feel at ease through the whole process!

[attorney name] fit me into his schedule quickly. I am selling my home. I needed a good look at the paperwork. He reviewed everything thoroughly. He asked pertinent questions. He advised and wrote up some changes to the documents, which were later added by the real estate agent. He explained things well. I learned a lot. I would hire him again and would recommend him.

Practice areas


  • Custody and Placement
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Child Support and more

Landlord / Tenant

  • Eviction
  • Lease issues
  • Landlord & Tenant Representation

Employment Law

  • Termination
  • Discrimination
  • Unemployment

Business and nonprofit

  • Startup & Organization
  • Disputes with Vendors/Suppliers
  • Banking Rules

Probate / Elder

  • Guardianship / Conservatorship
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Adoption

Personal injury

  • Auto Accident
  • Property Damage
  • Slip & Fall

Criminal Law

  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies
  • Traffic

Real Estate

  • Sale & Purchase
  • Permitting & Zoning
  • Litigation

And more...

  • Consumer & Debt
  • Transactional Contracts
  • Medical malpractice

“The Milwaukee Bar Association Lawyer Referral Services is an important collaboration between the bar and the community, and its environs, in providing excellent legal services for individuals and businesses. It promptly matches clients’ needs with attorney skills, and enable attorneys to provide responsiveness to clients’ legal questions and problems. It is for me an important and exciting part of practising law in Wisconsin.”

Steven H. Jesser, Attorney at Law, P.C. (Member since 2005)