Editor’s Note: The compilation is a revised and updated version of an article originally published by Andrew Zimmerman and Trevor Rosen.
Every lawyer in the United States is licensed to practice in some state, but very few lawyers are licensed to practice in every state. As a result, the question often arises — is attorney X licensed to practice in state Y? Check the licensing authority, usually the bar association, for the state. Below is a list along with contact information for easy access.
If the attorney is not listed, however, you should call to determine conclusively whether the attorney is registered in that state. Due to privacy concerns, some states allow attorneys, on request, to opt out of the online database directory.
Although this guide focuses on websites that help you determine whether a lawyer is currently licensed to practice in a particular state, there are many other kinds of state-specific lawyer-related online databases — including lawyer finders, lawyer referral services, bar member directories, and disciplinary rolls. Many of these resources can be found by following the links posted at AmericanBar.org, LegalDockets.com and LegalServicesLink.com.
State Bar of Arizona via Legal Services | 602.252.4804
Arkansas Judiciary | 501-682-6849
Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel | 303-457-5800 | [email protected]
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar | 202-737-4700
State Bar of Georgia | 404-527-8700
Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission| 312-565-2600 | [email protected]
Indiana Supreme Court Office of Judicial Administration | 317-232-5861
Indiana Judicial Branch Office of Judicial Administration | 515-348-4670
Kentucky Bar Association | 502-564-3795
Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers select ‘Look Up An Attorney’ | 617-728-8750
State Bar of Michigan | 800-968-1442
Minnesota Judicial Branch, Lawyer Registration Office | 651-296-2254 | [email protected]
Nebraska Supreme Court Attorney Services Division | 888-342-6395
State Bar of Nevada | 702.382.2200
New Hampshire Bar Association | 603-224-6942 calls only
Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania | 717-231-3380 | [email protected]
South Carolina Judicial Branch | 803-734-1800
State Bar of South Dakota | 800-952-2333 calls only
Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee | 800-486-5714 | [email protected]
State Bar of Texas | 800.204.2222
West Virginia State Bar | 866-989-8227
Wyoming State Bar | 855-445-8058 | info@wyoming