Fee dispute information

Fee disputeThe 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:


  • The amount in dispute must be between $1000.00 and $25,000.00.
  • The Attorney against whom the Petitioner is filing the complaint must be a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
  • If the Petitioner is an Attorney, that attorney must be a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
  • All information submitted must be complete and in the format provided by the Rules and Procedures.

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:


  • How does the disciplinary system work?
  • How do I look up an attorney to see if the attorney is licensed or disciplined?
  • How do I report an attorney?
  • Frequently Asked Questions.

To visit this website, click here.