ACMAS Client Petition for Arbitration Application

Client Information


Attorney Information


Case Information

1. Are you interested in submitting your dispute to fee mediation? (Parties have the option of resolving fee disputes through mediation. Mediation is a private, voluntary process in which a neutral party assists the disputing parties in obtaining a mutually agreeable result.)


2. Did the Lawyer Referral and Information Service of the Los Angeles County Bar Association refer you to the attorney?









7. Has a lawsuit been filed to collect these fees?



8. If you have been sued, did you answer the lawsuit?



9. Have you filed a lawsuit against the attorney?



10. Did you and the attorney have a written agreement?



11. Did you receive a notice of your right to arbitrate from the attorney?


12. Were the fees court ordered or set by law?


13. Under the programs policy, you must agree to binding arbitration unless you are disputing $10,000 or more. If you do not want to agree to binding arbitration and you are disputing less than $10,000, please contact: The State Bar of California, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, (415) 538-2020.


14. You are entitled to designate an arbitrator who practices civil or criminal law to hear your dispute (however, your choice must match the type of law in the matter the attorney represented you in). Please check one below:





YOU MUST NOTIFY THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION IF THE AMOUNT OF TOTAL FEES CHARGED OR ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN CHARGED BY THE ATTORNEY CHANGES AND PAY ANY ADDITIONAL FILING FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THE INCREASE BEFORE THE CASE WILL PROCEED TO HEARING. THE PARTY WHO REQUESTED THE INCREASE WILL PAY THE ADDITIONAL FEES DUE. 
You may contact the program office if you need assistance with the calculation of the filing fee. Program staff will not assign a mediator/arbitrator until we receive the entire filing fee. 
The fee dispute program charges a filing fee to partially offset the administrative costs. The filing fee is due when you file your petition for arbitration. Please note arbitrator/mediator assignment will not occur until the entire filing fee is paid. The following is the filing fee schedule:

- $50 plus 5% of the amount in dispute for disputes up to $9,999 
- 6% of the amount in dispute for disputes up to $19,999 
- 7% for disputes $20,000 and over, with a $5,000.00 dollar maximum fee. 

If you are unable to afford the filing fee, you may ask for a form to waive the filing fee or pay in installments. 

In a mandatory arbitration filed by an attorney, the program cannot enforce a "binding clause" in a retainer agreement. Under Business & Professions Code 6204 (a), the parties may agree in writing to binding arbitration after the dispute arises. 

You can ask the arbitrator to award you the filing fee if he finds in your favor. The arbitrator may or may not grant your request.



Refund Policy

The refund policy is as follows: 

1) The Arbitration Committee will retain a $50 non-refundable fee on all cases filed. No refund is available for filing fees of $50 or less. 
2) If a case closes prior to the assignment of a mediator or arbitrator, the Arbitration Committee will retain 50% of the total filing fee with a $50 minimum. 
3) In cases closed after the assignment of a mediator, sole arbitrator or arbitrator panel, the Arbitration Committee will retain 75% of the total filing fee with a $50 minimum. 
4) No refund will be made on a case where an arbitration hearing date has been scheduled by the sole arbitrator or arbitrator panel, or a mediation session date has been scheduled by the mediator, unless DRS receives written notice of settlement or withdrawal of the arbitration or mediation no later than 10:00 a.m. on the business day preceding the date set for the arbitration hearing or mediation session. 
5) If a mediation session or arbitration hearing has commenced, no refund will be made. 
6) In cases closed where the petitioner is a lawyer or law firm and the respondent attorney declines arbitration, or the Arbitration Committee determines it does not have jurisdiction, the Arbitration Committee will retain 10% of the filing fee with a minimum of $50 dollars.


By submitting this application, I/we agree to submit this dispute to the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Attorney-Client Mediation and Arbitration Services Committee for hearing and decision and award. I agree to abide by the rules of this Committee. I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that my statements on this request and any attachments are true and correct. 
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