How Can I Find an Unemployment Lawyer in California?


Use these resources to find an unemployment attorney in California.



There are several ways to find a good lawyer to help with your unemployment claim in California.

Personal Recommendations

The best way to find a lawyer is always through a referral from someone you know. Ask family members, friends, and professional contacts whether they can recommend a good employment lawyer. 

Lawyers specialize, so your friend’s divorce lawyer won’t be the right person to handle your unemployment case. However, lawyers also know other lawyers, so don’t hesitate to ask a recommended lawyer in a different field for an employment lawyer referral. 

If you can’t find a lawyer through personal recommendations, here are a few other options.

Lawyer Directories

A number of websites offer lawyer directories: lists of lawyers that specialize in a particular field. Keep in mind, though, that these lawyers likely have not been screened for their experience or expertise; it’s up to you to make sure that the attorney you talk to has the right qualifications for your case. Here are a few options:   

Bar Association Directories

You can find lawyers that specialize in employment law through the California Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service. Although the lawyers listed are in good standing (that is, they haven’t been suspended or disbarred), they may not have been screened for experience, quality, or expertise. You will need to determine whether a particular attorney has the qualifications and experience required to handle your case.  

Legal Aid Services

You may qualify for free legal help, if your income is low enough. Every state has legal aid offices that provide legal assistance to people who meet their income guidelines. Check with LawHelpCA to learn more.

Many law schools have clinical programs that offer free legal help from law students who are learning the ropes, supervised by professors or practicing attorneys. Find a law school near you on this list from the American Bar Association, then select it to learn more about its legal clinics.

Nolo/Martindale Attorney Network is an affiliate of the Martindale/Nolo attorney network and can connect you with attorneys in your area who handle unemployment appeals. 

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Jurisdictional relevance: ST

There are versions of this article for each State.