Free Legal Aid Resources in the Bay Area

Every partner at GJEL (that’s Andy Gillin, Ralph Jacobson, Luke Ellis, Jim Larsen, and Kristin Lucey) started his or her career at a Legal Aid clinic.  Although our cases have become larger and more complicated over the past few decades, the spirit of “fighting for the little guy” remains with us today in earnest.

We understand that not everyone needs a personal injury attorney, and although we offer free consultations in all situations and take cases on a contingency basis only–meaning we don’t get paid until we win or settle a case–many times people need attorneys in different fields who do charge by the hour.

Legal Aid clinics can be great resources in these situations. Whether you need help with elder law, employment law, immigration law, or any other area of the law, there is probably a legal aid service or clinic that is available to help if you can’t afford to hire an attorney.

As was true of most organizations, legal aid clinics nationwide took a major hit due to the economic downturn that began in 2008. But as the economy begins to improve, hopefully for good, California legal aid clinics have said they are able to prevent layoffs that seemed certain just two years ago and continue to provide legal services for clients who need it the most.

So, we’ve compiled this list of legal resources in the San Francisco Bay area. Each listing includes some information about the organization, and contact information. Feel free to use the map above, and also feel free to call us if you have any questions or would like a referral.


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Andy Gillin

Andy Gillin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is the managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys and has written and lectured in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury law for numerous organizations. Andy is a highly recognized wrongful death lawyer in California.