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9th Judicial District: Attorney - Client Fee Dispute Arbitration

The Ninth Judicial District Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Arbitration Program is administered through the Office of the Chief Administrative Judge. Any attorney-client fee disputes coming within the scope of Part 137 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator will be handled through this NJD program.   

For those of you who would like to review a copy of the Rules please note that you may find them them on line by going to The New York State Unified Court System's home page.  Both the Rules and the accompanying forms are available there.  If you have a fee dispute with a client and plan on using this arbitration process, you can call Geraldine Kane at the Administrative Judge’s office (914) 824-5340 for information and guidance.

They are still soliciting both attorney and non-attorney volunteers to preside over the fee dispute arbitrations.  Anyone interested in participating is this program should submit his/her name, address, phone/fax and e-mail address to Hon. Francis A. Nicolai, Ninth Judicial District, 111 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, 11th Floor, White Plains, NY 10601, Attn: Fee Dispute Program.

There is a mandatory Orientation & Training Seminar for all fee dispute arbitration volunteers.  The Ninth Judicial District will be running these sessions throughout the year.  Experienced attorneys need only attend a 1 ½ hour orientation lecture, while  inexperienced attorneys and laypersons will need to attend the full 6 ½ hours of training.  Experienced attorneys will receive 1.5 ethics CLE credits and the inexperienced attorneys will receive 1.5 ethics credits and 5.0 professional skills credits.  All volunteers will receive an announcement on when the next training session at the Court will take place.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about attorney client fee dispute arbitration, please click here for the FAQ section.

Lisa Florio, Judge Nicolai's Principal Law Clerk, is the program coordinator for the Ninth Judicial District. Geraldine Kane and Christopher Exias work cooperatively with Lisa to facilitate the program. Please feel free to contact them with any further inquiries or questions via e-mail mail to:, or by phone, (914) 824-5340. Thank you.

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