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Jeremy Goldstein: How the LRIS Works

The LRIS (Lawyer Referral and Information Service) was created 35 years ago as part of the New York State Bar Association. Last year, the LRIS trained its staff to handle more than 10,000 phone calls. As additional support, the LRIS also launched an online portal.

The new online service is very different from the old phone service. For starters, the phone service is only available during business hours. The new online service is available 24 hours a day, making it more convenient. The phone service often required residents to verbally explain their legal issue. The online service uses a confidential questionnaire.

That questionnaire detail that person’s legal needs and where in the New York area they live. After filling out and submitting that questionnaire, it’s a matter of waiting for a match. Shortly after the questionnaire is submitted, a State Bar staff member reviews the form and matches that person with a qualified attorney practicing in or near their community.

All referrals are free and there’s no obligation to retain the lawyer they’ve been matched with. If they decided to proceed with a consultation, the first 30-minute consultation fee starts at $35; there are exceptions, including things like personal injury, medical malpractice, military law, and worker’s compensation.

An exemplary lawyer is Jeremy Goldstein. Jeremy Goldstein started his own firm, Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates, after leaving his previous partner position at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz. Today, his boutique law firm has a long list of corporate clients, including compensation committees, CEOs, management teams, and corporations.

Jeremy Goldstein also holds several university degrees: A J.D., an M.S., and a B.A. He earned his degrees from three universities: New York University School of Law, the University of Chicago, and Cornell University.

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