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Find Out If Someone is Really A Lawyer

by Carolyn Elefant on May 18, 2007 · 13 comments

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These days, most bar associations make information about a lawyer’s bar membership publicly accessible, so that consumers can ensure that the lawyer they’ve retained is actually licensed to practice. But these bar data bases are important for lawyers. For example, perhaps you’re suspicious that your opposing counsel isn’t licensed in the court where he’s filed or defended a suit. Or you’d like to refer a case to a colleague, but would like to confirm that she’s in good standing.

Now, there’s an easy way to find an attorney’s bar status – at least in the 40 states that retain an online database. Maryland attorney Terry Berger recently created the site, Is He Really A Lawyer , which serves as a convenient portal to each bar’s attorney membership site. It’s a simple site, but it will quickly direct you to the information you need. And while you’re there, why not check your online status, just to make sure it’s up to date.

  • http://www.HowToMakeItRain.com RJON@HowToMakeItRain.com

    Pretty scary! But not new to my Immigration clients who practice in South Florida and parts of California & Texas. In these areas there are lots of “notarios” who hold themselves out to clients as lawyers and the horror stories abound!
    Thanks for bringing this resource to my attention.
    And here’s a tip for any immigration lawyers or any other practice areas where you frequently find yourself competing with fake lawyers. Wherever you see a bunch of fake lawyers congregating, it’s usually a great marketing opportunity to go into that area and begin educating the community about the difference between a fake and the real thing.
    RJON ROBINS
    http://www.HowToMakeItRain.com
    Helping Lawyers In Small Firms Make ALOT More Money

  • http://www.HowToMakeItRain.com RJON@HowToMakeItRain.com

    Pretty scary! But not new to my Immigration clients who practice in South Florida and parts of California & Texas. In these areas there are lots of “notarios” who hold themselves out to clients as lawyers and the horror stories abound!
    Thanks for bringing this resource to my attention.
    And here’s a tip for any immigration lawyers or any other practice areas where you frequently find yourself competing with fake lawyers. Wherever you see a bunch of fake lawyers congregating, it’s usually a great marketing opportunity to go into that area and begin educating the community about the difference between a fake and the real thing.
    RJON ROBINS
    http://www.HowToMakeItRain.com
    Helping Lawyers In Small Firms Make ALOT More Money

  • EMJ

    Nice idea. One gripe :
    The website title assumes legal professional are male! This assumption is equally poor form for a modern profession as fake lawyers.

  • EMJ

    Nice idea. One gripe :
    The website title assumes legal professional are male! This assumption is equally poor form for a modern profession as fake lawyers.

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  • jennifer

    When the United States handed down its decision in Bates v. State Bar of Arizona which struck down state laws prohibiting lawyers from advertising as an unconstitutional interference with free speech, it was widely thought that it would then be easier to find an attorney. This belief was based on the premise that since lawyers were allowed to compete in the same way as other businesses do, it would be easier to meet one’s needs for legal representation and that the costs would go down.
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  • jennifer

    When the United States handed down its decision in Bates v. State Bar of Arizona which struck down state laws prohibiting lawyers from advertising as an unconstitutional interference with free speech, it was widely thought that it would then be easier to find an attorney. This belief was based on the premise that since lawyers were allowed to compete in the same way as other businesses do, it would be easier to meet one’s needs for legal representation and that the costs would go down.
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    find attorney

  • Andy Zimmerman

    There is a similar page called “A Compilation of State Lawyer Licensing Databases” at
    http://www.llrx.com/features/lawyerlicenses.htm that also gives phone numbers, which is what you need for the states without a free online search. Also, the Compilation tells you when the state database does not remove lawyers who are in good standing (Maine and Ohio), but “Is He Really A Lawyer” does not.

  • Andy Zimmerman

    That, is Maine and Ohio do not remove lawyers who were but are no longer in good standing (sorry for leaving out the “no longer”). Using Mr. Berger’s page, you would never know these databases include people no longer licensed to practice.

  • A Trusty

    Michael L. Abdo says he is a lawyer licensed in Mass, and New York..I dont believe him

  • sam

    There is no such thing as a state issued license to practice law. You all have been duped. The so called license is a membership card issued by the state bar. That’s it.

  • Preppy Stud

    that web site is gone now.

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