MAKING WAVES SINCE 1928! As one of the oldest bar associations in California, the SMBA strives to bring the highest quality networking and educational events to Santa Monica.


Welcome to the Santa Monica Bar Association

The Santa Monica Bar Association, founded in 1928, has a rich community of lawyers in various fields. We offer continuing education credits, monthly section lunch programs, opportunities to highlight your firm at events and through educational seminars, special events with our local judiciary, and many other networking opportunities. Read more.

Upcoming events

Installation Dinner 2016

On October 20, 2016, the SMBA held our annual Installation Dinner at the Jonathan Club at the Beach.  Read more.

Judges' Lunch 2016

Thank you to all of our judges who participated in the 2016 Judges' Lunch.

Learn more about the SMBA and the attorneys who volunteer their time to bring the best and brightest together in Santa Monica.  Read more.

News & Activities

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Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program

The Santa Monica Bar Association is proud to participate in the State of California's Mandatory Fee Arbitration (MFA) Program. The MFA Program is an informal, low cost program for resolving fee disputes between people and their lawyers. Our program provides both arbitration services and mediation services for all parties.  Read more.


The LRIS of the Santa Monica Bar Association is a certified referral service. All lawyers are carefully screened. Whatever your legal needs, the LRIS will assist you in finding a lawyer who can help you. Call 310-581-5163 or email us. Read More

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Benefits of Membership

Professional Opportunities

  • Low Cost Networking
  • Monthly MCLE Seminars
  • Commitment and service to Santa Monica and other So. Cal. communities
  • Interaction with West District Judges and Staff

Business Opportunities

  • Develop long term business relationships in Santa Monica, West LA, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Venice, and Marina Del Rey
  • Lawyer Referral & Information Service matches prospective clients with participant attorneys
  • Discounts With Certain Malpractice Carriers
  • Los Angeles County Bar membership dues discount
  • Discounts on Westlaw & Rutter Practice Guides.
  • 15% discount when you sign up with DocuSign’s Law Firm Package.

Practice Development

  • Become a speaker at a First Friday Lunch or other program.

  • Earn MCLE credit and stay up to date on current developments in the law at section lunches where judicial officers, legal experts and other distinguished lecturers provide specialized education.

  • Meet lawyers in your practice area of law to discuss your issues and help to resolve others’ issues. 

Public Service

  • Become an Arbitrator with the SMBA Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program
  • Pro Bono Service Opportunities
  • Supports organizations such as the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
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