Fee Dispute Resolution Program

The Oregon State Bar's Fee Dispute Resolution Program is a program for resolving fee disputes between an Oregon attorney and a client, between Oregon clients with out-of-state attorneys, or between Oregon attorneys. All parties must voluntarily agree to participate.

What is Fee Arbitration?
Fee Arbitration is a voluntary process. The arbitrator or arbitration panel conducts an informal hearing where the parties tell their sides of the story. The arbitrators then make a decision and issue a written award. The award is binding for both sides.

Can I Mediate a Fee Dispute?
Yes. The Oregon State Bar offers parties the option to participate in a less formal Fee Mediation process. Mediation is a nonbinding process in which parties work with a mediator to seek a mutually agreeable outcome.

How much does it cost?
$75 for amounts in dispute under $10,000 and $100 for amounts in dispute over 10,000. Fee Waiver forms available upon request for consideration by General Counsel's Office.

How do I get started?
Read the Fee Dispute Instructions. Fill out the Petition Packet and send it to the address listed on the instructions page.

Fee Dispute Resolution Forms
Please review the rules and contact the OSB for assistance with forms (see contact below).
Fee Dispute Instructions | Petition Packet

Information Brochures
General Information | Preparing for Arbitration | Preparing for Mediation

Fee Dispute Resolution Rules

ORS Chapter 36

Jerri Shay at (503) 431-6334 or jshay@osbar.org

Oregon State Bar
Fee Dispute Resolution Program
16037 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd
P.O. Box 231935
Tigard, OR 97281-1935