Q: Can the New York State Bar
Association (NYSBA) verify whether or not an attorney is a member of the New
York Bar in good standing?
No. The NYSBA is not the official New York Bar and is not responsible for
attorney licenses or registration. Please contact the NYS Office of Court
Administration (OCA), the official licensing/registration unit: 212.428.2800, www.nycourts.gov
Q: Can I run a search on the
NYSBA Web site for a New York attorney that I am trying to locate?
No. You can however search for an attorney at the NYS Office of Court
Administration’s (OCA) Web site: www.nycourts.gov
Q: How does a licensed
attorney obtain a Certificate of Good Standing?
Letters or Certificates of Good Standing can be obtained from the Appellate
Department where the attorney was admitted to practice.
1st Department (Manhattan) call 212.340.0400.
(Brooklyn) call 718.875.1300.
3rd Department (Albany) call 518.471.4777.
4th Department (Rochester) call 585.530.3100.
you do not know which Appellate Division the attorney was admitted in, you may
obtain this information from the NYS Unified Court System’s Web site: www.nycourts.gov