From Todd Dills, Overdrive:
Using a referral service operated by a state, county or city bar association also may yield good results. Membership in a state or local bar typically means the attorney is licensed to practice there.
The way Illinois-based owner-operator Gary Buchs found a lawyer to represent him in an unfamiliar area was simple. His choice was based on little more than intuition after scanning local ads for traffic-ticket specialists in the jurisdiction where his ticket was written.