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Fee Arbitration Rules


The State Bar Fee Arbitration program has been established so lawyers and clients who have a dispute about legal fees and related costs can submit their dispute to binding arbitration and to obtain an arbitrator’s decision and award which may be enforced by a court of competent jurisdiction under Chapter 788 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Other kinds of disputes related to rendering legal services cannot be arbitrated under these Rules.

The program's arbitration services are available to both the lawyer and the client, who should carefully review these rules before requesting or agreeing to arbitration. Any questions about these rules should be addressed to the Program Administrator, State Bar of Wisconsin, P.O. Box 7158, Madison, WI 53707 (​). Requests for arbitration are accepted only as described in Rule 9.

Download a PDF copy of the rules