The Erie County Bar Association (ECBA) is a private membership organization for attorneys. It is not permitted to play any role in regulating the conduct of lawyers in Pennsylvania because that is handled by the Disciplinary Board. However, the Disciplinary Board does rely on county bar associations to assist in certain functions, such as providing mediation or arbitration in Fee Dispute matters.
The Erie County Bar Association's Fee Dispute process is available to assist with resolving disputes over fees between a client and their attorney should a disagreement arise. NOTE: Fee Dispute complaints can only be reviewed if the attorney is a member of the ECBA. To determine this, check the Pictorial Membership Directory on this site or call the office at 814-459-3111.
You can download the forms (below) or contact the Erie County Bar Association office at (814) 459-3111 and a form will be mailed to you.
When a Fee Dispute Complaint Form along with the Agreement to Mediate and Arbitration Forms, signed by the client, are received at the ECBA office, they are reviewed and, assuming merit, the matter is scheduled for a hearing.
There is no cost for a Fee Dispute hearing.
Please note: We must receive both the complaint form and agreement to mediate to initiate the fee dispute process on your behalf.