Fee Dispute Resolution Committee
The North Carolina State Bar (NCSB) is now processing all petitions for the resolution of disputed fees involving members of the 26th Judicial District Bar. As such, the Fee Dispute Resolution Committee is currently inactive.
|Class of 2019||Class of 2020||Class of 2021||Public Members|
Tamara L. Huckert
Antonio E. Lewis
Christopher D. Osborn
Denice J. von Gnechten
Robert S. Blair
|Scott S. Addison
Denise L. Bessellieu
William T. Medlin IV
Keith B. Nichols
Scott M. Tyler
Shannon R. Reid, Director of Compliance, Ethics & HR - firstname.lastname@example.org
2017-18 Fee Dispute Resolution Committee
Christopher A. Hicks, Chair
The Fee Dispute Resolution Committee mediates, and in some cases arbitrates, fee disputes between lawyers who are members of the Mecklenburg County Bar and their clients or, in rare cases, fee disputes between two lawyers who are members of the Mecklenburg County Bar. Under Rule 1.5(f) of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct, North Carolina licensed attorneys must give a client written notice of the fee dispute resolution program at least 30 days before filing an action to recover disputed fees. If a client makes a timely and proper claim for fee dispute resolution, North Carolina licensed attorneys must participate in good faith. Committee members are certified mediators or have extensive mediation experience. All proceedings are confidential.
Between July 1, 2017, and May 25, 2018, approximately 21 new fee dispute resolution files were opened and 36 files were closed. The number of files closed was up from previous years. That, combined with the lower number of new files opened, resulted in a significant reduction in the number of active files. The decline in new filings from previous years may be due, at least in part, to a procedural change by the North Carolina State Bar with respect to when and how fee disputes are assigned to judicial district bars for resolution. State and local bar representatives will be meeting in the summer of 2018 to discuss the current and future process for handling fee disputes locally.