Fee Arbitration Program

The San Mateo County Bar Association’s Fee Arbitration Program has adopted new Rules of Procedure for Fee Arbitration. Please read over them.

The Fee Arbitration Program allows clients and lawyers to settle fee disputes.

If you are having a dispute with your attorney over fees, we may be able to help. Your dispute can be arbitrated and/or mediated if legal services were rendered to you in San Mateo County, if your case was filed in San Mateo County, or if your attorney is located in San Mateo County.

A neutral arbitrator or Mediator will review the facts and decide on the appropriate attorney’s fees in a comfortable and low-cost setting.

For more information, click on the link FAQ Fee Arbitration below.

If you believe you have a fee dispute with an attorney in San Mateo County, contact the Bar Association at 650.298.4023 for more information or download, complete and return the Request to Arbitrate Fee Dispute form available below.

Members of the public who would like to volunteer to serve as Fee Arbitrators or Mediators may submit an application to do so.


Instructions and Information for Request to Arbitrate Fee Dispute

Request to Arbitrate Form

Frequently Asked Questions about Fee Arbitration

Rules of Procedures for Fee Arbitrations

Procedure for Automatic Stay; Automatic Stay Form

Procedure for Subpoenas; Subpoena

Waiver of Personal Apperance

State Bar of California-Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program