Services & Resources

Finding an Attorney in Erie County

Finding an attorney when you need advice, guidance or representation does not have to be confusing or difficult.  

The Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS)

There really isn't a better place to start when you need advice, guidance or to hire an attorney than the Erie County Bar Association (PA) and its Lawyer Referral & Information Service. This LRIS meets the American Bar Association's strict standards for lawyer referral services and has been assisting the community for over 40 years.

Like the attorneys you see advertising on TV, the LRIS offers FREE consultations in areas including accident injuries, dog bites, motorcycle accidents injuries, denial or stoppage of workers' compensation and denial of Social Security (SSI or SSD.)  Offering free consultations in these areas of law is common practice.

The LRIS trained staff will connect you with an attorney who practices in the area of law in which you need advice or guidance and will provide you with either a free consultation or a reduced-rate consultation so that you can meet with the attorney (not his or her paralegal.)   If you live outside of the area but need assistance from an Erie attorney, a phone consultation can be arranged.   

The LRIS continually evaluates its attorneys for customer satisfaction. Staff is available to assist you Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. You can also contact the LRIS by filling out this form: 

* Your Name:
* Phone Number:
* E-mail Address:
How would you like us to contact you?
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* Legal Description:

Northwestern Legal Services (Legal Aid)

Free civil legal services are available to individuals who meet specific income and case-type guidelines. For more detailed information, see the E-law message on Northwestern Legal Services, or call the client intake office at 814-452-6957.

Public Defender's Office

If you are an adult or juvenile charged with a criminal offense and cannot afford an attorney to represent you, the Public Defender's Office may be able to assist you at no cost if you meet their income and case-type guidelines. For more detailed information, see the E-Law message on the Public Defender's Office. The Public Defender's office requires you to stop at their office to complete an application.  That office is at 509 Sassafras Street, Erie, PA  16507.  2/19

If you need to consult with an attorney please contact the Erie County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service.