Mandatory Fee Arbitration

The Santa Monica Bar Association is proud to participate in the State of California‘s Mandatory Fee Arbitration (MFA) Program. The MFA Program is an informal, low cost program for resolving fee disputes between people and their lawyers.  Our program provides both arbitration services and mediation services for all parties.  We welcome qualified arbitrators (lawyers and non-lawyers) and mediators to participate in our program!  For more information, you can download our forms and our rules below. You can also contact Stephanie at (310) 581-5163 or email her.

Fee dispute resolution through Mandatory Fee Arbitration

  • If you hired a lawyer and dispute the amount you owe your lawyer…
  • If you are a lawyer looking for a program to resolve a fee dispute with your client…
  • If you need assistance with a fee dispute case…
  • If you wish to volunteer to be part of our growing program…


Downloadable Forms

Downloadable Forms
 Arbitration Request Form
 Form to initiate a case with the SMBA Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program.
 Attorney's Reply Form
 Form used by attorneys to respond when a client initiates a case.
 Notice of Client's Right To Fee Arbitration
 California State Bar Form that describes clients' rights to arbitrate fee disputes
 Rules of Arbitration
 SMBA rules that govern cases filed with the SMBA Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program.  These rules have been approved by the California State Bar.
 Rules of Mediation
 As an alternate to arbitration, parties may elect to resolve disputes through mediation.  These rules govern that process.
Application for AppointmentTo be appointed as an arbitrator in our program, complete this form and attach verification of your completion of a mandatory fee arbitration training program.

SMBA Administration

2461 Santa Monica Blvd., #529

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Ph. 310-450-9289 Arb. (310) 581-5163

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