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Fee dispute information

Fee dispute

The ACBA has established a procedure for resolution of fee disputes by binding arbitration. A committee of attorneys who volunteer their time are available to arbitrate fee disputes between clients and attorneys.

To qualify for arbitration through the Special Fee Determination Committee, the following standards must be met:

You can download the new Rules and Procedures to review prior to filing any type of dispute.

For additional information on this service, or to file a complaint, please call Juli Marhefka at 412-402-6621.

Attorney Disciplinary Process

The Allegheny County Bar Association does not handle attorney discipline.

Under the Constitution of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has exclusive jurisdiction to oversee the conduct of lawyers. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has created the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel to assist it in carrying out this function. All complaints are received and investigated by the four regional offices of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

For the phone number and locations of those offices, click here.

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has an excellent website for the general public to answer questions such as:

To visit this website, click here.