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Shari Klevens, left, and Alanna Clair, Dentons (photo: Courtesy Photo) Shari Klevens, left, and Alanna Clair, Dentons. Courtesy photo

Many states, including California, have recognized the benefits of resolving attorney-client fee disputes through the use of arbitration by enacting statutes providing for arbitrations often conducted through local or state bar associations. However, because such arbitrations are often non-binding and may not be mandatory in all circumstances, attorneys and clients wishing to avoid any doubt regarding the proper forum for fee disputes may choose to include mandatory arbitration clauses in engagement letters or by other agreements.

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