16 U.S.F. L. Rev. 411 (1981-1982)
Fine Tuning California's Mandatory Attorney Fee Arbitration Statute

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Fine Tuning California's
Mandatory Attorney Fee
Arbitration Statute
By JAMES P. HARGARTEN
Partner, Thelen, Marrin, Johnson &
Bridges, San Francisco; Director, Bar
Association of San Francisco; Chairman,
Committee on Arbitration of Fee
Disputes; B.A., Marquette University,
1965; J.D., University of Wisconsin,
1968; Member, California Bar..
SUSAN A. ARDISSON*
Introduction
THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE enacted a mandatory attor-
ney fee arbitration statute in 1978 to provide for compulsory
arbitration of fee disputes between California attorneys and cli-
ents.1 The intent of the legislation was to provide an effective, ex-
peditious, simple, low cost forum in which an attorney and a client
may resolve a dispute over legal fees.' Generally, California attor-
* Class of 1983; Administrator of the Committee of Arbitration of Fee Disputes of the
Bar Association of San Francisco, 1978 to 1982.
1. CAL. Bus. & PROF. CODE  6200-6206 (West Supp. 1981). Mandatory arbitration
applies to disputes over fees for legal services in dispute which were rendered after January
1, 1979. See id.  6205. The text of the statute is set out in the Appendix.
2. See REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTION OF FEE DisPUTES, STATE BAR
OF CALIFORNIA (Apr. 29, 1976) [on file at the U.S.F. L. Rev.]; Fernandez, The Pending Pro-
posal for Mandatory Fee Arbitration, 52 CAL. ST. B.J. 520, 521 (1977).

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