The State Bar's Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program is an informal, confidential, and lower-cost forum for resolving fee disputes between lawyers and their clients. This kind of arbitration is required for a lawyer if requested by a client. For more information or assistance, call the State Bar Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program at 415-538-2020
How do I request fee arbitration?
To initiate fee arbitration, you must complete a fee arbitration request form from the appropriate bar association and submit the filing fee set by the particular program. Find local fee arbitration programs here. Attach copies of any documents requested on the form. You should include information that specifically relates to the attorney's fees and costs and explain why you believe the attorney's fees are excessive or that no additional fees are owed. You will have an opportunity to present additional information at the arbitration hearing.