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Part 137 Mandatory Fee Dispute Resolution Program.

Attorney Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program

The Administrative Board of the Courts issued an order establishing a a Mandatory Fee Dispute Resolution Program pursuant to Part 137 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator, Title 22 of the Official Compilations of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York, the following Standards and Guidelines are promulgated by the Board of Governors of the New York State Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program (“Board”) to implement the Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program and Part 137, that require’s that all attorneys representing clients in civil matters submit fee disputes to arbitration. With some exceptions, the rules apply to disputed amounts between $1,000.00 and $50,000.00

Arbitration is mandatory whenever an attorney and their client cannot agree on the fee, or whenever the client requests arbitration. The arbitration award is final and binding unless de novo review is sought under the rule.

Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program – Standards and Guidelines

Rules of the Chief Administrative Judge

PART 137. Fee Dispute Resolution Program (HTML version)
Part 137: Fee Dispute Rosolution Program (PDF) (PDF)

Attorneys Notice Requirements

Notice Requirements- Please see the Local Programs page and click on the judicial district for the county in which the majority of the legal services in your case were performed. There you can download a complete packet of forms.

Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation Rules


Bronx County Packet for Dispute over Fees

Bronx Packet for Dispute over Refund of Attorneys Fees

The following forms are model forms for the Part 137 Program. They may be used in the fee dispute process. For a packet tailored for your local program, including form 137-4a “Client Request for Fee Arbitration”, please locate other local program and download the forms there.

Other Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Related Forms

New York County Lawyers’ Association in partnership with Bronx County Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York has run the Joint Fee Dispute Program, a voluntary program .

We currently need volunteers to serve as mediators and arbitrators. Attorneys who have been admitted to the bar for at least five (5) years are encouraged to apply. Please send a resume and cover letter highlighting any relevant experience in alternative dispute resolution to:

Pro Bono Director
14 Vesey Street
New York, N.Y. 10007

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