Becoming a LRS member panel
The Lawyer Referral Service is comprised of practitioners licensed and in good standing in the District of Columbia. Once enrolled the member become part of panel and paired with potential clients. BADC members who wish to become LRS panel members must submit:
- Completed application (Download PDF)
- Signed copy of the LRS Rules and Regulations
- Payment of the panel fee which is $100 for regular members and $200 for Personal Injury practitioners
- Proof of malpractice insurance policy indicating current coverage
All panel attorneys are required to maintain malpractice coverage throughout their participation in the LRS.
LRS allows attorneys to register, manage their practice areas, and manage absences online. In addition, LRS provides around the clock access to the system with a touch of a button. LRS members should also know that the system is flexible. For example, once the panel attorney receives a referral if a conflict arises, the member may assert the conflict. It is the responsibility of the attorney to so inform the LRS within two weeks of the referral date if an appointment is not kept or the client never calls for an appointment.
For more information on joining the BADC's Lawyer Referral Service as a panel member contact us:
P (202) 223-6000
F (202) 293-3388
LRS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. Who can sign up?
A. Any member in good standing of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (and a member in good standing of the DC Bar), may become a member of the BADC LRS Panel by completing the application (Download PDF). Attorneys who are not yet members of the BADC may submit an application for membership in the BADC along with their LRS application. To receive a BADC membership application, call (202) 223-6600 or click here.
Q. Who are the LRS clients?
A. The Lawyer Referral Service advertises throughout the area in telephone directories, libraries, government agencies, courts, and churches. Clients who take advantage of this service come from all walks of life and all economic backgrounds.
Q. Do I have to charge an initial consultation fee? How long is an initial consultation?
A. The initial consultation fee of $39.95 is also a "referral fee" and is paid directly by the client to the referral service at the time of the phone referral. For this referral/initial consultation fee the lawyer must provide a 1/2 hour consultation to the referred client.
Q. What fee should I charge the client for legal work after the initial consultation?
A. Beyond the initial consultation, the arrangement for your fee is between you and the client. It should be discussed with, and fully understood by, the client prior to your beginning to work on the case. A WRITTEN FEE AGREEMENT IS REQUIRED (See Rule 1.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct). Your fee should be reasonable under the situation, based on factors such as the amount of time expected to be involved, and the complexity of the case, as well as the client's ability to pay.
Q. Will I have to pay any additional fees to the LRS other than the $100/$200 panel fee?
A. Attorneys are required to remit 10-15 percent of fees received from a referred case back to the LRS, depending on the amount of the attorney fees charged (rates outlined in signed agreement with BADC LRS).
To learn more about the percentage fees, please refer to the Rules of Operation, specifically Page 2, Section V.
Payable to: The BADC
Mailed to: 1016 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Q. How are referrals assigned?
A. LRS panel members become part of our computerized data base designed to provide attorneys' names on a rotating basis according to areas of concentration. The LRS quickly routing a potential client to a lawyer in the relevant practice area after a brief survey. Once the survey is completed, the system collects a $39.95 referral fee and sends an email or text message to both the potential client and attorney. The assigned attorney will review the information and reach out to potential clients thereafter. If a person would rather find a lawyer via phone, the caller may contact the BADC directly using the information below. However, for faster service we encourage everyone to complete this process online
For more information, call (202) 223-6600.