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Grievance and Fee Arbitration

The Toledo Bar Association Grievance Committee is certified by the Ohio Supreme Court to receive, investigate, and prosecute claims of unethical conduct by lawyers either in Lucas County or involved in a case in Lucas County.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel and the Ohio State Bar Association are certified by the Ohio Supreme Court to receive, investigate, and prosecute claims of unethical conduct by judges and magistrates in Lucas County. The Toledo Bar Association Grievance Committee is without jurisdiction to address grievances against judges and magistrates.

The Toledo Bar Association Grievance Committee does not accept e-mailed grievances or requests for referrals to fee arbitration. To register a grievance or a request a referral to fee arbitration, download the forms, print, sign and mail to the Toledo Bar Association, 311 N. Superior St., Toledo, OH 43604.

If the Toledo Bar Association Grievance Committee determines that the claim against a lawyer is primarily a dispute over fees, it may refer the matter to the Fee Arbitration Committee for further proceedings.

The Fee Arbitration Committee provides a method of resolving attorney fee disputes. The Toledo Bar Association Fee Arbitration Committee is limited to resolving fee disputes between clients and their lawyers. Arbitration is an alternative to the parties to a legal fee dispute, short of litigation.  The decision of the Fee Arbitration panel is binding, and there is no right of appeal. There is no cost for this service. If a lawsuit was filed concerning the fee dispute before a grievance was filed, arbitration is possible only if all parties agree. The Committee does not accept email filings, unless a scanned signature on the request is included. To register a complaint, download the form , print, sign and mail to the Toledo Bar Association, 311 N. Superior Street, Toledo OH 43604, or scan the request and submit it to Bar Counsel at jdawson@toledobar.org .

 

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