This committee was established to provide arbitration assistance to attorneys and clients regarding conflicts over billings. The committee has established local rules of procedure for the handling of fee disputes and a complete set of forms to allow expeditious rendition of awards. Forms and rules may be obtained through the bar association office upon written request.
The purpose of the committee is not limited to the arbitration of disputes. The process serves as a communicative link between attorney and client in a period of distress. It is designed to foster better relations and to provide an informal forum for the resolution of disputes. The program is aided by the voluntary efforts of members of the association who sit as arbitrators. Every effort is made to secure arbitrators who have expertise and practical experience in the field in which the cases handled by the attorney arise as an aid to accurate fee evaluations.
Disputes concerning fees, costs, or both charged for professional services by an attorney are subject to arbitration under these rules, except for:
A client's right to request or maintain arbitration is waived if the client:
Cheryl L. Browns, Administrator
Robert Koligian, Co-Administrator
Anita Martinez, FCBA Staff
Bobbie Lee, Executive Director
CHERYL L. BROWNS
R. FRANK BUTLER
KAREN L. LYNCH
MART B. OLLER
PATRICIA B. O’NEILL
MICHAEL J.F. SMITH
KURT F. VOTE