Becoming a Fee Arbitrator

This online training session, jointly presented by BASF ADR and the State Bar Mandatory Fee Arbitration (MFA) Program, is offered to all prospective and current volunteers who arbitrate attorney-client fee disputes for the MFA Programs under the umbrella of the State Bar of California. The course will provide the basic training required to serve on a bar program’s fee arbitration panel. Non-lawyer (lay) arbitrators, in addition to attorneys, are encouraged to attend this valuable training session and be a part of the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program. 

Speakers will address the basic processes of arbitrating a fee dispute, recent developments in the area of fee arbitration and other important topics such as:

  • How to Ensure Your Arbitration Award is Upheld and Enforceable
  • Understanding How the Statute of Limitations Apply
  • How an Attorney’s Conflicts of Interest Related to the Underlying Case Affects the Arbitration Proceeding
  • What an Arbitrator Must Disclose When They Have a Relationship with One of the Parties
  • Controlling the Proceeding


  • Clark Stone, Assistant Presiding Arbitrator, California State Bar Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program; Member, Executive Committee, Santa Clara County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Program; Law Offices of Clark Stone, San Jose, California
  • Jeremy Sugerman, Chair, BASF Fee Disputes Executive Committee, partner, Gordon-Creed, Kelley, Holl & Sugerman, LLP, San Francisco, CA
  • Lorraine Walsh, former Chair and Vice-Chair of the State Bar Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee, State Bar Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law, Law Office of Lorraine Walsh, Walnut Creek, CA.

Date September 17, 2020
Program 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
MCLE 1.75H General, 1H Ethics

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This program is free.

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This activity is approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California. BASF is a certified provider: Provider #103

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People with disabilities should contact BASF regarding reasonable accommodations.
9/17/2020 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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