Fee Disputes Between Attorneys and Clients

This program helps attorneys and clients avoid the time and expense of taking a fee dispute to court. At issue is the amount of fees and/or costs the client must pay, or has already paid to the attorney.

In general, BASF has jurisdiction in a fee dispute if:

  • The attorney or the law firm has an office in San Francisco
  • The attorney or the law firm had an office in San Francisco at the time the services (or a substantial portion of the services) were provided
  • The client lives in San Francisco, and there is no local arbitration program available in the county where the attorney practices
  • The amount in dispute is over $1,000


There is an administrative fee (a percentage of the amount of the dispute). This fee covers up to four hours of fee dispute mediation and up to a full day of arbitration time from our panel of experts. If your dispute requires more time, there may be extra fees.

For detailed information, take a look at our Rules of Procedure. For a description of the legal code that governs attorney/client fee disputes, please read the Business and Professions Code.

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