The Connecticut Bar Association provides a voluntary and free Resolution of Legal Fee Disputes Program to help attorneys and clients resolve disputes over fees incurred for legal services. The program consists of mediation and arbitration options. Mediations are performed by a volunteer neutral attorney and arbitrations by a panel of three arbitrators, comprised of two volunteer neutral attorneys and one volunteer neutral lay person. You can learn more at the CBA website, www.ctbar.org.
I am pleased to announce that I was recently appointed to serve in the CBA’s Resolution of Legal Fee Disputes Program. I have already had the pleasure of mediating a conflict between an attorney and a client and helping them to find a mutually acceptable resolution to their fee dispute. As it does in many different contexts, the mediation process enabled the parties to resolve their dispute in a speedy, confidential, and informal manner.