Arizona arbitration and mediation rates for Marc Kalish, Arizona Mediator
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Unless otherwise agreed in advance, my hourly rate for neutral services, through December 31, 2019, is $350.00 for time spent, including preparation time and post-proceeding services (such as assistance in preparing a settlement agreement or preparing an arbitration award). Effective January 1, 2020, my hourly rate will increase (for the first time in 20 years) to $450.00 I charge no administrative or cancellation fees for mediations, and no administrative fees for private arbitrations.  However, if a mediation is cancelled after I have expended time preparing, I will bill for the time actually expended; and if an arbitration scheduled for more than 2 days is cancelled within 14 days of the first scheduled hearing date, I will charge $2,000.00 per scheduled hearing day, plus my hourly rate for work already performed on the matter. A deposit is generally requested, based on the anticipated time for the proceeding. Fees are billed at the conclusion of the services, with any unused deposit being returned at that time.  The parties are expected to share the fees equally, unless they have agreed otherwise.  Special rates may apply for proceedings scheduled through the American Arbitration Association, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the Arizona Association of Realtors.

Some have questioned why my hourly rate is relatively low (even after the increase in 2020) considering my experience and qualifications.  The answer is simply that I work out of my home (my business mailing address is just that—a private mailbox service) and without any staff.  As a consequence, I do not have any significant overhead.  However, without an office, I cannot host mediations and arbitrations.  Almost all of them are done either at one of the participating lawyer’s office or, for those administered by an ADR provider, I use the hearing facilities they provide or the parties agree to use.

 

 
 
 
 
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