23 Great Attorney WordPress Themes for a Law Firm Website

Lawyer WordPress Themes that Work and Are Easy to Use

I’m an advocate for small business owners, including attorneys and law firms, building multiple websites. This is why I love WordPress so much – it’s free, simple, and fast to set up new websites.

However, not any WordPress theme is perfect for an attorney website. Lawyer websites must be professional-looking. In my view investing in a premium WordPress theme for an attorney website (or websites) is a good idea.

“I’ve been researching premium WP themes for a while and because of your posts, think I am going to go with Genesis.  Thanks for the info.”

- Rich at MarketerAtLaw.com

There are 2 types of attorney websites (or any small business sites for that matter):

  1. Main business website:  this is to profile your law business.  It contains the usual pages such as “Services”, “Contact”, “Profiles”, etc.
  2. Blog-style websites:  if you have a stand-alone blog where you post regularly, then use a blog-style format.  Note, you can include your blog in your main website.

For main business websites, I like, and recommend a large slider or slide show feature located at the top of the home page. Usually this function is split into two parts – one for some text or navigation buttons – and the other displaying a large image or images.

The following is an example of the slide show function (using the Essence theme by iThemes):

Attorney WordPress theme with slide show

Click to view Essence demo

In each of the Featured Sections at the bottom, you can insert images and/or text.

I know for my offline business, when I switched my WordPress website to one using a very nice slide show, my conversion rates (percentage of website visitors who contacted me) more than doubled (I installed the Enterprise theme by StudioPress – but the point is using a modern “business-style” or “professional-style” theme.

UPDATE AUGUST 9, 2011:  I ADDED MORE THEMES PERFECT FOR ATTORNEY WEBSITES

13 WordPress Themes Perfect for Attorney Main Business Websites (in addition to the Essence theme above):

1.  Deep Focus Theme by ElegantThemes

Deep Focus theme for Lawyers

Click here to view Deep Focus demo

2.  Enterprise Theme by StudioPress

Enterprise theme for attorneys

Click here to view Enterprise Demo

3.  Biznizz Theme by WooThemes

Biznizz theme for attorneys

Click here to visit WooThemes

4.  Metric Theme by StudioPress

Metric WordPress theme for lawyers

Click to view Metric demo

5.  Professional Theme by ElegantThemes

Professional Theme for Law Firm Website

Click to view Professional demo

6.  Optimize Theme by WooThemes

Optimize WordPress theme for attorneys

Click to visit WooThemes

7.  Architect Theme by iThemes

Architect Theme for Lawyer Websites

Click here to view Architect demo

8.  Kinetic Theme by RocketTheme

Kinetic WordPress theme for WordPress

Click here to view Kinetic demo

9.  Manhattan Theme by StudioPress

Manhattan WordPress theme for attorneys

Click here to view Manhattan demo

10.  Delegate Theme by WooThemes

Delegate Theme for attorney websites

Click here to visit WooThemes

11.  Private Lawyer by Templatic

Private Lawyer Theme by Templatic

Click to view Private Lawyer demo

12.  Law Firm Theme by Bizz Themes

Law Firm Theme for Attorneys

Click here to view a demo of the Law Firm theme.

 13.  Associate by StudioPress

Associate WordPress theme for Lawyers

Associate is an August 2011 StudioPress release.  It’s one of their most stylish business themes to-date perfect for any law firm website.

Click here to view a demo of Associate theme.

5 WordPress Blog-Style Themes for Attorneys

This is just my opinion, but I would create more of a blog-style site for subsequent attorney websites. The reason I say this is you don’t want to confuse your clients and prospective clients with a bunch of different looking websites on numerous domains. I also wouldn’t use the exact same layout on numerous domains because it could be construed as mirror sites with Google, and possibly confuse your clients and prospective clients.

A blog style site is designed to inform. From your attorney blog sites, you can link to your main attorney website (whether in WordPress or not).

1.  News Theme by StudioPress

News theme for lawyer blog

Click to view News demo

2.  Tapestry Tumblog by StudioPress

Tapestry Tumblog theme for attorney blogs

Click to view Tapestry demo

3.  The Journal Theme by Woo Themes

The Journal blog theme for lawyers

Click to view Journal demo

4.  Magazine Theme by StudioPress

Magazine WordPress theme for attorney blogs

Click to view Magazine demo

5.  News Blog Theme by ElegantThemes

News Blog by ElegantThemes for Lawyers

Click to view News demo

Business & Lawyer WordPress Themes from Template Monster

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Template Monster is what I call a “Mall” template retailer (along with ThemeForest and Mojo Themes).  Read my Mall vs. Boutique theme vendor article to learn the distinction.

I know the news-concept might seem odd for an attorney website, but think about how you could create a newspaper or magazine blog for your firm. You could have all kinds of topics such as caselaw, events, news about your firm, etc. You can get creative, publish tons of content (which is great for search engine rankings), and have some fun publishing an attorney news site.

Don’t forget about creating a Mobile-Friendly Version of your WordPress Website

Read my Handheld plugin review to learn how to create a mobile friendly version of your website in minutes (I use this for all my business mobile websites) .

Let me recap about your attorney WordPress theme selection strategy:

If you’re building your first attorney firm website in WordPress, get a theme that has a traditional static home page – preferably one with a slider or slideshow at the top. If you’re building additional websites for your law firm, then go for a news-style or even a personal blog style them.

Turn your Attorney Website into an iPhone App

Reach the massive and growing iPhone app market with your website.  Learn about a WordPress iPhone app plugin here (again, I use this for my business websites).

Suppose you prefer to build a lawyer WordPress theme from scratch

It’s possible now with what I call WordPress theme generators. These are themes that enable you to build a webiste in WordPress from scratch WITHOUT knowing any coding at all. 3 Excellent WordPress theme generators are as follows:

These 4 WordPress theme generators enable you to customize the design, layout, and navigation without knowing any coding at all. That said, they don’t have any design to them. The good news is adding your law firm logo and images is very easy to do. So is fully customizing the entire color scheme, typography, and layout.

Why build more than one attorney website in the first place:

Maybe you’re wondering why I would suggest building more than one website for your firm. Especially when your flagship site likely has a blog function to it already where you can publish as much content as you wish.

The reason for more than one attorney website is simple: with another site on a new domain, you can capture a lot more traffic in the long run. How? The keyword you use in your domain will have a good chance of ranking very well in the search engines. Therefore, the more websites with new domain names, the more keywords you can rank well with.

But, you can’t just go and build websites in any old way – and you especially don’t want to publish a bunch of copy-cat sites or mirror sites. You must build your fleet of sites in a particular method. I’ve actually experimented a lot (for over 1 year and with dozens of websites) using WordPress to build multiple websites for a small localized business (not unlike a law firm). After working out the kinks, the traffic for my small business is incredible – and that’s largely due to multiple websites with carefully selected domain names.

Another reason for building more than one website for your law firm is it’s very easy to build links with other lawyer websites you don’t compete with (i.e. in other cities and states/provinces).

If you have one website, the best you can offer is a reciprocal link exchange. Reciprocal linking isn’t that effective (it works, but you can do better). A better strategy is if you have 2 unique sites, you can link one site with your linking partner. Then your linking partner can link to your other site (the site you don’t link to your linking partner). This way every site receives a one-way link.

The Simple Solution for Starters

Build your main firm site. Then build a blog site where you post news about your firm. Another easy strategy is build two websites, each focussed on a different practice area (i.e. personal injury and criminal law).

About choosing a domain name

Once you have a domain for your firm name, choose generic domain names such as duiattorney.com or floridapersonalinjuryattorney.com (of course finding ones available is another matter). The reasons for doing this are twofold:

  1. You create an asset you can sell to any firm in the same practice area; and
  2. You gain a search engine ranking advantage for the keyword(s) in the domain name.

Which theme do I use for my business website?

I use Enterprise for my main offline business websites and Magazine theme for my news-style blogs. Both of these themes are by StudioPress. It converts well and I like the Genesis Theme Framework. However, I’ve used themes from all the other theme providers except Headway and Thesis (I included Headway and Thesis because they’re theme generators – I’ve used Builder and Catalyst to build WordPress websites from scratch).

Nevertheless, all the above WordPress themes, in my view, will work very well for a lawyer website.  It really boils down to personal choice.

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  1. Tina says:

    Hi. Do you recommend any particular website (not blog) theme or company that sells themes, which will permit me to use the latest and greatest WP plug ins and extensions? Basically I want to make sure I can use things like FB like /share button, and maybe also a mobile version of the sites. Do you know if any of these theme companies work with all plug ins. Example: woo sites–the only work with a small list of extensions per their own website.

    Thanks and great post!

    • Jon says:

      Hi Tina,

      I believe 2 theme developers fit the bill well (there are certainly others, but I’m extremely familiar with these 2):

      1. StudioPress; and
      2. ElegantThemes.

      StudioPress has several business style themes. I use all kinds of free and paid plugins with my websites built with StudioPress. Also, StudioPress has several themes that include responsive design. Responsive design changes the layout and presentation of your website for mobile devices. In fact the layout will adjust according to the size of the mobile device (iPhone vs. iPad).

      ElegantThemes has many business themes and their themes work with all plugins that I’m aware of (not that I’ve tried every plugin, but I’ve never encountered a plugin that doesn’t work with ET – same with StudioPress).

      Instead of responsive design, ElegantThemes created the Handheld plugin which creates a mobile version of your theme. It actually works for any WordPress theme. I’m using it on this site (I set it up before SP rolled out responsive design). When you buy an ElegantThemes membership, Handheld is included.

      I hope this answers your questions.

  2. Thank you for this article – pretty cool – we are a law firm currently with Enterprise Child theme of StudioPress and looking for a simpler theme
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  3. Can anyone help me find a personal injury firm template with a contact us box up near the top?
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    • Jon says:

      Hi Michael,

      You can add a contact form at the top of the sidebar. That’s what I do for client business sites.

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