MCLE Self-Study Article Californiaâs Mandatory Fee Arbitration Act Benefits Attorneys by Providing an Efficient Mechanism to Resolve Legal Fee Disputes
By Patrick M. Maloney
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Faced with a client request to submit a legal fee dispute to arbitration under the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Act (âMFAAâ), California Business Professions Code §§ 6200-6206, many attorneys simply assume the non-binding arbitration process will be a pointless exercise, only delaying the recovery of their hard earned fees. Dismissing the mandatory fee arbitration process as a waste of time overlooks the many benefits of arbitrating fee disputes under the MFAA. The MFAA benefits lawyers and clients alike by providing an expedited and cost-effective means to resolve legal fee disputes.