Given a specific attorney (name/state, bar number, whatever) in the US, is it possible to find public court records of cases they have handled? If so, how?

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is it possible to find public court records of cases they have handled? If so, how?

It depends how far each court has gotten in its implementation of information systems for public use. For instance, various trial courthouses in Michigan have a webpage where cases can be searched by attorney's name or bar number. The equivalent in Michigan appellate and supreme corrupts (errata: should read "courts") is this website.

That trial court in its webpage only displays the case history, not the actual records. The webpage of the appellate & supreme courts displays the contents of the opinions and orders, in addition to the docket history.

  • I see. So would searches have to be conducted by state, or by court? Or does it just depend. If by court, would a reasonable approach be to look up which courts a given attorney serves in, then contact those courts for info? For example, if an attorney is in Texas, the State Bar of Texas has a web site that lists “courts of admittance” for each attorney.
    – Jason C
    Aug 31, 2018 at 0:05
  • Made a PACER account. All the courts I wanted to search were on there. Bingo.
    – Jason C
    Aug 31, 2018 at 0:58
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    @JasonC Good! I was not sure about PACER. Glad it worked for you. Regarding your follow-up question, it is not that a lawyer needs admittance in each county trial court of a state. As long as he is licensed in a state, he can litigate in any courthouse (trial, appellate, and I believe supreme) of that state. Aug 31, 2018 at 11:02

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