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Attorney Directories

Owned by LexisNexis, the Martindale-Hubbell directory "endeavors to include all U.S. and Canadian lawyers in the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Network and offers free basic listings." However, lawyers or their law firms must submit their information to Martindale-Hubbell. Features a Peer Review Rating System based on the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary, including both those who are rated and those who are not. Use Advanced Search  to limit results by location, by area of practice, by language, and by law school attended.

FindLaw's Lawyer Directory

Find a lawyer by legal issue, location, and by name. The advanced option allows users to limit results to law firms only or lawyers only and by language. Consult FindLaw's Guide to Hiring a Lawyer, which is linked on this page.


Founded by Mark Britton and Paul Bloom, Avvo's mission is "to help people navigate the complex and confusing legal industry." Avvo rates and profiles every attorney. Profiles contain experience, areas of practice, disciplinary history, and ratings from clients. Profile data comes from many sources, including state courts and bar associations, lawyer websites, and information provided by lawyers. Ratings reflect Avvo's effort to evaluate a lawyer's background using a mathematical model that considers the information gathered about a lawyer.

Researchers may search by legal topic, by name, city and state or zip code or browse lawyers by legal practice area. This site also includes free legal guides and a section called "Answers & Advice."

Chambers and Partners

"Identifies and ranks the world's best lawyers and law firms. Each guide offers in-depth analysis of the legal market within a specific region (UK, Europe, Asia, USA, Latin America)." Also includes rankings, based on client and lawyer interviews, and editorial comments.