The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) is looking into putting together an online attorney/law firm directory accessible to Society members. CPAs often request attorney referrals on a peer-to-peer basis or from the Society staff members. A directory might help make this search process more efficient.
I am often surprised by the difficulty that I have in finding attorneys to refer for specific client and business situations. I spent many months, for example, looking for an attorney when a small nonprofit corporation in New Jersey needed an attorney for representation in a Chapter 12 bankruptcy reorganization. I only found one attorney with prior experience in this area of law. I typically speak with several attorneys before finding a single attorney who is willing to consider speaking with the client, and the client does not always agree with my recommendation on suitability. A directory would make the process much more efficient. Other CPAs report similar challenges.
The directory project is is early planning stages. If you have ideas, particularly for topical categories to be included or are interested in being included in the directory, please let me know and I will pass this information on to staff.