Protecting and Collecting Attorney's Fees
An Attorney’s Guide to Fee Arbitration, Collecting Fees and Ethical Issues.
Merrill, Arnone & Jones LLP
Mr. Fish has earned an outstanding reputation as an attorney experienced in his litigation and transactional practice. He has counseled clients on matters as diverse as family law (divorce, child custody & support); real estate development; business entity formation, operation and termination; acquisitions and sales of businesses; and estate planning.
He is also well known for representing attorneys and clients and he is often sought after to serve as a court-qualified expert in attorney-client fee disputes.
He has served as a successful mediator and regular and successful settlement conference Judge Pro Tem in both family law and civil matters for over 20 years. In addition, he presides over numerous arbitrations and has trained arbitrators in almost every county in the state.
Mr. Fish is the current vice chairperson and former chairperson of the Sonoma County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Committee and the past chairperson of the Marin County Bar Association Client Relations Committee. He has served as Chair of the State Bar of California Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee.
He currently serves on the Sonoma County Bar Association Family Law Education Committee. He is a former Trustee of the UC Hastings 1066 Foundation and is currently a Master with the Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court.
Mr. Fish has been involved in Rotary for over 30 years, serving in many capacities, including, but not limited to, Rotary Club President, District Governor and District Director for the Rotary Foundation Permanent Fund. He is also is a Past Chairman of the Board and a current Director of Rotaplast International, Inc., a program providing free cleft palate and cleft lip surgeries to indigent children and has led teams to Argentina, Venezuela and Egypt. Rotaplast has operated on over 20,000 children since the program’s inception.
Mr. Fish is a sought-after speaker on numerous legal and humanitarian-related topics.
Mr. Fish is a graduate of University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and has been practicing in Marin and Sonoma Counties for over 40 years.
Roz Bateman Smith
Provencher & Flatt LLP
After a 26-year career with the Sonoma County Superior Court in various clerical and leadership positions, Ms. Bateman Smith attended Empire College School of Law and received her Juris Doctorate in 2012. Passing the California Bar Exam in 2013, she immediately became involved in the Family Law legal community, volunteering for committees and assisting low-income clients with their matters. Ms. Bateman Smith also serves as pro bono attorney and minor’s counsel.
Since becoming licensed in practicing law, Ms. Bateman Smith has and continues to serve on the California Lawyers Association (CLA) Family Law Executive Committee (FLEXCOM) analyzing and commenting on new legislation, developing ideas and coordinating education presentation for its members; Sonoma County Bar Association Family Law Steering Committee where she will serve as Vice Chair in 2021; Family Law Education Committee; Family Law Mental Health Liaison Committee; Family Law Rules and Best Practices Committee; and the Sonoma County Domestic Violence Death Review Committee.
Ms. Bateman Smith has given presentations on Family Code section 3044 both live and recorded, recorded CLA presentations on visitation in times of COVID and step-by-step instructions on filing a Petition for Dissolution. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Bateman Smith presented a court televised program on ICWA and a live clerk’s training on dependency procedures through the California Court Clerk’s Association.
Ms. Bateman Smith began working of counsel with the Law Offices of Provencher & Flatt, LLP in 2013, where she continues to maintain her family law practice. You can find her at rbslawfamilylaw.com.