The Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation, a project of NYCLA, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the Bronx County Bar Association, is set up to assist in the resolution of fee disputes between lawyers and clients by mediation and arbitration.
To request a fee arbitration:
• Complete the Client Request for Fee Arbitration form (see below) and return 5 copies of it to the address indicated on the form.
• Include 5 copies of all evidence that supports your claim, such as cancelled checks, receipts, letters, and other papers regarding the dispute. DO NOT INCLOSE THE ORIGINAL PAPERS.
• Include the appropriate filing fee (see Rules below) in the form of a check payable to New York County Lawyers’ Association.
Both the arbitration and mediation procedures identified on the Client Request for Fee Arbitration form are designed to be user friendly. You are free to attend these proceedings without counsel, and may also have a lawyer represent you or attend as a counselor if you choose. As part of the voluntary settlement of a fee dispute claim, you may be asked to sign a release which, as a matter of law in light of the language it contains, might be interpreted as release of all claims against the lawyer, including but not limited to, claims for professional malpractice. Should you be asked to sign any such release, the Joint Committee suggests that you consider consulting independent counsel.
To learn more about the Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program, visit the website for the Office of Court Administration
Attorneys needing an Attorney Request for Fee Arbitration
form due to a prior written agreement with the client and where the client
already was provided with and read the all appropriate Rules may send a request
by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.