Fee Arbitrations

August 17, 2021

The New Jersey Supreme Court established the fee arbitration system in 1978. Its central purpose was to enable clients to dispute attorneys’ fees without the need for protracted litigation.

Fee arbitration cases are generally heard before a panel of three arbitrators, two who serve as attorney members and a non-lawyer representative of the public. All fee committee members are volunteers directly appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to serve without compensation.

The Supreme Court appointed OS Partner Michael Dee in 2018 as an attorney member, and his four-year term runs through 2022. Since his appointment, Dee has served as a Panel Chair of his fee arbitration panel and continues to serve in that position. He also serves as an officer of the District VA Fee Arbitration Committee. Dee was Vice-Chair from 2020 through 2021 and will be Chair from 2021 through the remainder of his term. During his tenure, he has heard dozens of cases and has often helped the parties broker settlements over disputed fees.

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