Attorney Referral Service
As a free service to the community, GAYLAW maintains
a list of its members who have indicated a willingness
to receive referrals from individuals who have contacted GAYLAW
seeking legal services. GAYLAW is not a law firm, has no staff attorneys,
does not represent clients and does not provide legal advice.
The list is open to GAYLAW attorneys who have completed informational
forms for the purpose of receiving referrals. In compiling the
information contained in the list, GAYLAW relies exclusively
on the application form completed by the attorneys and does not
independently verify any information. From each listed attorney,
GAYLAW receives an annual $50 listing fee to defray GAYLAW's
cost of providing this list to the community. GAYLAW does not
receive any referral or legal fees from attorneys or from individuals
seeking a referral.
Any terms for taking a case or providing legal advice, including
fees, are to be negotiated between an individual seeking a referral
and the attorney to whom they are referred.
GAYLAW does not accept complaints regarding attorney conduct.
Please direct any complaints regarding attorney conduct to the
appropriate state bar grievance board:
Maryland: (410) 514-7051
Virginia: (866) 548-0873
District of Columbia: (202) 638-1501
Gaylaw Attorney Search:
If you are an individual seeking a referral, click below for
the GAYLAW Attorney Search.
If you are searching for an attorney and have questions about
this service, or if you are an attorney and have questions about
the application process, please E-mail us at GAR@gaylaw.org.
“GAYLAW’s Attorney Referral (“GAR”) service
is now new, improved, and even more user-friendly for both potential
clients and attorney members. The new improved online user interface
is easy for potential clients to navigate, and now attorneys have easy
access for updating their information online.”
While GAYLAW membership is not necessary to be listed in GAR, please consider supporting GAYLAW by joining or renewing your membership. If you would like to join or renew in addition to signing up for GAR, you may do so here after completing your GAR application.
Other Referral Resources
Following is information on other sources
of referrals to LGBTQ-sensitive attorneys and to organizations
providing legal services to those with HIV/AIDS.
Local Legal Resources
Clinic — For persons with HIV/AIDS (202.939.7627)
Virginia — Statewide gay and lesbian lobbying
group in Virginia that maintains a list of gay and lesbian-sensitive
attorneys around the state. (804.643.4816)
Servicemembers Legal Defense
Network — Organization dedicated
to protecting members of the armed services from being discharged
on the basis of sexual orientation. (202.328.3244)
LawHelp.org/dc – Locate free legal services through one
of the D.C. agencies representing people with housing, family
law, consumer, benefits, immigration, probate matters and more.
Other Relevant Local Resources
Youth Assistance League — An organization
dedicated to supporting and enhancing the self-esteem of sexual
minority youth — any youth (13 to 21) who is lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender (GLBT), or who may be questioning their
sexuality — and to increasing public awareness and understanding
of their issues.
Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA) - email@example.com or
Other Legal and Referral Services
Outside the DC/MD/VA Area
Bay Area Lawyers
for Individual Freedom (BALIF) is a minority
bar association in the San Francisco Bay area that was founded
in 1980 and has a membership of nearly 600 lesbians, gay men,
bisexuals, transgenders, and their supporters in the legal community,
including judges, lawyers, legal workers and law students.
AIDS and emergencies (415.291.5454)
Gay and lesbian legal referral (415.621.3900)
Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP) — Referral
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association
of Chicago — Legal Referrals (773.404.9574)
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association
of Greater New York (LEGAL) — Legal Referrals
New Jersey Lesbian & Gay Bar Association Legal Referrals
Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) Lawyer
Referral Service for Boston and New England. (617.426.1350)
North Carolina Gay and Lesbian
Attorneys (NC GALA) — Legal Referrals
GayLawNet (Australia) has an international directory of attorneys,
including some in the United States.
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
The nation's oldest and largest legal organization working for
the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS.
Lesbian & Gay Rights Project - A special division of
the national ACLU, staffed by experts in constitutional law
and civil rights making the case for fair and equal treatment
regardless of sexual orientation.
National Center for Lesbian
The national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.