Most lawyers aren’t free, with the exception that the Legal Aid Foundation can be depending on your income and circumstances. Usually, lawyers charge per hour and this can be expensive. Other times, they work on “contingency,” which means they’ll work without charging you up front, but if they win the case they take a cut of your settlement money/damages award. Lawyers typically only work on contingency if they’re confident you have a winning case and that the payout will be huge. Lawsuits can drag out for months or years, and sometimes tenants lose. Consider studying tenant organizing—the people power approach—which can be more effective, less risky, cheaper, and less emotionally burdensome than a lawsuit.

Sometimes, lawyers are extremely helpful and just what you need. If you’ve decided you absolutely need a lawyer, here are some you can contact: