General Public
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. 

You may request a fee arbitration either (i) by mail or (ii) in person by appointment only

By Mail:
  • 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  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. 

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