Let us bring clients to you!
For more than 50 years, the Knoxville Bar Association Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) has been assisting the general public find an attorney. KBA members are invited to join the LRIS panel throughout the year.
Most people don't know who to call for legal problems. The Knoxville Bar Association Lawyer Referral & Information Service is a trusted source for referrals. Your participation assures the public that they will receive a referral to a capable and experienced attorney.
All callers are first screened by LRIS staff before a referral is made to an attorney.
LRIS provides fast, efficient referrals via a specially designed database system.
Referrals are made using criteria based on: areas of law and geographic preference to provide a mutually beneficial match to both the attorney and the client.
The proceeds from the percentage fee program are used to fund the service, increase LRIS promotions and advertise the service.
LRIS provides the groundwork to build clientele.
LRIS has a targeted marketing plan to reach the public.
We are better than a billboard! When people call our line, they talk to someone in person that gives your information to potential clients.
You receive referrals via email typically within an hour of the potential client calling the service.
You get a lot of BANG for your BUCK! Our rate is only $150 per year. There is nowhere else to spend that little money and get such a great return.
You become part of a great public service program.
Want to join the Lawyer Referral & Information Service?
Revisions to the panel membership application were approved by the KBA Board of Governors on May 19, 2021. The Policies and Procedures were approved by the KBA Board of Governors on May 19, 2021.
Your Referrals, Our Business.
LRIS was founded in 1958 as a non-profit public service of the Knoxville Bar Association. The service is designed for those in the community who can pay normal and standard attorney fees for legal services. LRIS continues to grow and receives nearly 7000 calls per year and refers over 3000 of those calls to LRIS panel members for consultation. LRIS panel members generated attorney fees exceeding 1.08 million dollars in 2020.
When you join LRIS, your practice benefits from our marketing and advertising programs. Currently, LRIS reaches potential clients through advertising in the Yellow Pages, social media, and monthly newsletters to our website visitors and past clients. Our online presence attracts clients nationwide. Clients are referred to us through a variety of sources including the courts, Office of the Attorney General, employee assistance programs and other bar associations. As a LRIS panel member you are also invited to participate in the Speakers Bureau. This is a great opportunity to become acquainted with local businesses and individuals in our community.
The annual cost to join LRIS is $150.00 for up to four panels. After careful screening, you receive only calls in the fields of law you specify. Membership is open to any active member of the Knoxville Bar Association. You are required to carry professional liability insurance, complete at least 15 credit hours in the 12 month period prior to application (unless exempt), enter into a written fee agreement with the client, and abide by the Policies and Procedures of The Service.
Additional Information about LRIS
Download the LRIS Membership Guide.
If you have questions, feel free to contact LRIS Administrator Tracy Chain at 865-522-6522.