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Attorneys / Lawyers

Finding a Lawyer

The Attorney General by law does not represent private individuals and does not provide legal advice, legal research or legal analysis to private individuals under any circumstances. The Attorney General's Office also cannot refer you to an attorney.

If you need legal advice or someone to handle your case, contact a private attorney. To find a lawyer, check with your county bar association's attorney referral service. The State Bar of California and the California Courts also offer helpful public services. You can find the telephone number for your county bar association under the listing of "Associations."

Additional information on Lawyer Referral Services are available from the State Bar.

If you cannot afford a private attorney, assistance may be available through a local Legal Aid Society.

Protecting Consumers

State & Federal Laws

You can search California laws on the Internet

California Law

View a checklist of significant California consumer laws

CA Dept of Consumer Affairs

Search U.S. laws on the Internet at U.S. Code

U.S. Code

Complaints about a Lawyer

If you have a complaint about a lawyer, contact the State Bar of California.

The State Bar has exclusive jurisdiction for attorney discipline and alleged violations of the State Bar Act or Rules of Professional Conduct.

Allegations of criminal conduct should be referred to the district attorney in which the alleged crime occurred.

To learn more, see the
State Bar's Overview of Attorney Discipline.


To file a complaint, contact:

The State Bar of California

1-800-843-9053
(toll-free in California)

213-765-1200
(from outside California)

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