Rules and Forms for the Arbitration of Fee Disputes
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.
***Part 137 Fee Dispute Program Announcement: The Party 137 Fee Dispute Program is currently unable to process new fee disputes. Note that any time period set to file a fee dispute (e.g. 30 days from Notice of a Client’s Right to Arbitrate) will be tolled pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order tolling statutes of limitations. Until further notice, please do not mail any new fee disputes to the NYCLA offices.***
You may request a fee arbitration either (i) by mail or (ii) in person by appointment only
- Complete the Client Request for Fee Arbitration form 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 ENCLOSE THE ORIGINAL PAPERS.
- Include the appropriate filing fee (see Rules below) in the form of a check payable to New York County Lawyers Association.
In-Person, by appointment only:
- Email FeeDisputeAdmin@nycla.org to make an appointment to file the necessary paperwork and filing fee in-person; OR
- Call our Fee Dispute Messaging Service at (212) 267-6646 ext. 2017 and someone will return your call to make your appointment.
- At your appointment please bring all of the paperwork listed in the "By Mail" instructions above.
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.