How to Find an Attorney to Help You With Your Animal-related Issues
Animal law is a relatively new, and growing, specialty within the law, and an increasing number of lawyers specialize in cases involving animals.
In most cases, however, while it may be advantageous, it is not necessary to find an attorney who specializes in animal law specifically. When someone kills or injures your animal, the law primarily (although not exclusively) sees this as an injury to “property.”
A lawyer who specializes in personal injuries or injury to property (called “torts” in the law) should be able to handle the case. However, due to the limited potential for recovery of damages in animal cases, it is possible to pay more for an attorney’s services than you are likely to recover if you win your case, barring an award for punitive or emotional distress damages.
Learn more about filing a civil suit for damages due to the death or injury of an animal.
To find an experienced attorney, your best bet might be a personal referral from someone you know and trust. If that is not an option, contact your local animal shelter to see if they know of an attorney who handles animal law cases.
Barring that, you can contact your local bar association. Bar associations are the licensing entities for lawyers.
Most offer referral services for a fee and will do their best to find an attorney with experience to match your needs. You can also find your local bar association via the American Bar Association.
The following organizations and/or websites provide attorney referrals to the public nationwide. The Animal Legal Defense Fund offers this list for your convenience but does not endorse any of these organizations, and recommends that you research any terms and conditions before submitting any information. This list should not be considered exhaustive.
You may also want to try using an internet search using the terms “animal law,” or “attorney referrals.” There are many regional attorney referral agencies on the internet.
General Attorney Referral Sources
American Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
541 N. Fairbanks Ct.
Chicago, IL 60611
Web Site: www.americanbar.org
The ABA Web site offers links to local bar associations that offer referral services. It also lists pro bono options and other information. If you prefer, the same service is available through their toll-free number.
Web Site: www.lawyers.com
This is an internet referral service owned and operated by Martindale-Hubbell, a publisher of national directories of attorneys. Visit their site for a list of animal law attorneys by geographical location.
The USDA fought to keep the numbers hidden from public view, ultimately paying $15,000 in attorneys fees in settlementOctober 7, 2021 Press Release
Court Holds Cricket Hollow Zoo Owners in Contempt for Removing Animals Designated for Rescue in Violation of Court OrderToday the Delaware County district court granted a motion for contempt filed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund against Cricket Hollow Zoo and its owners, Pamela and Thomas Sellner, seeking the whereabouts of more than 100 animals who “disappeared” prior to a court-ordered rescue.October 5, 2021 Press Release
Edie Falco narrates the Animal Legal Defense Fund film demanding transparency in factory farmingSeptember 14, 2021 Press Release