: As a small business operator, I have sold the goods of a man who runs a plant that makes beautiful and exotic fabrics. In June, I e-mailed him an order for a particular fabric to be used by a branch of one of our major banks. The bank gave me a hard time when it came to payment. I consulted a lawyer, who made exactly two phone calls and took his 20 percent fee out of the collected money. That represented almost all of my profit. I told him his fee was excessive; he told me that I could sue him. I heard about some way I could submit this to arbitration and save me further legal fees. The Bar Association indicated that an arbitration panel for fee disputes consisted of two lawyers and one non-lawyer. This looks to me like I won't get a fair shake. Please tell me if I should go to court or take my chances on the arbitration.