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November 18, 2015

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Reba Nance

Take Advantage of Free Legal Fee Arbitration Through the Colorado Bar Association’s Legal Fee Arbitration Committee

If you have a disagreement with a client regarding fees, the CBA Legal Fee Arbitration Committee can help! The process is simple and Arbitration is voluntary. Both parties must agree to participate. The committee receives an average of 12 requests a month. In 2015, the committee has received well over 100 requests, and 37 cases have gone to the hearing stage. Some cases settle prior to the date of hearing.

To begin the process, one party must fill out the online Request for Arbitration form. Be sure to include the attorney and client names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. Indicate the amount of money in dispute and attach a court order if applicable.

The CBA Staff Liaison will send each party two documents to be signed and returned within 30 days. These documents are a Request for Background Information and the Arbitration Contract. Both parties must sign and return all paperwork. Signing the Arbitration Contract means the final decision is legally binding.

If both parties sign and return the paperwork, the case gets sent to the committee for assignment to a volunteer Hearing Officer (also a member of the Committee), to hear the case.

The Hearing Officer contacts both parties to schedule a hearing in which the client and lawyer may testify and provide witnesses, records and documents. The Hearing Officer reports his or her findings and recommendation to the committee, who meet monthly. The committee will make a final written determination, which is sent to both parties, and is legally binding.

The next time you have a fee dispute with a client, give legal fee arbitration a try! The committee is always looking for new members. Members may take several cases a year or only one or two. Meetings are the 2nd Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m., and you may call in or attend in person. You don’t need to live in the Denver Metro Area to use the program, or serve on the Committee. If necessary, you can participate via conference call or Skype.

If you’re interested in joining the Legal Fee Arbitration Committee, contact Robin Van Atta at It’s a great way to volunteer!

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