Please read this first paragraph before completing the application to avoid filling out the wrong application.

Panel Attorney applications are only reviewed at Board meetings which occur every 3 months. If you are not an approved attorney, and you would like to represent a member now, you must complete a Designated Attorney application:


Thank you for your interest in joining the panel. Before submitting an application please review the Summary Plan Description and fee schedule. If you decide to apply to the panel, we will need the following:

  • Signed and witnessed Panel Attorney Agreement
  • Completion of the Law Firm Questionnaire
  •  A copy of the Declaration page of your malpractice insurance policy stating the effective and expiration dates as well as the required amount of coverage, $100k / $300k. Oregon attorneys have a required amount of $50k/$300k.
  • Completion of the W-9

Your application can be returned by fax (209-940-5251), email ( or by mail (PO Box 2340 Stockton, CA 95201)

Upon receipt of the above information, your application will be presented to the Board of Trustees. Once your application has been approved by the Trustees, we will send you a “Welcome to the Panel” information packet which includes claim forms and instruction for opening claims and submitting invoices. If you have any questions, please call the Trust Fund Office at (800) 222-3024 for California and (800) 222-3025 for outside California.

Please note:

Panel Attorneys are attorneys who have contracted with the Trust to provide legal services at discounted fees. The approved hourly rate for Panel Attorney is $200/hr. Paralegals are $100/hr. Panel attorneys agree to complete work on the case even if the maximum amount of the benefit is reached.

Attorneys may be denied by the Board if they do not carry sufficient Malpractice coverage, or there is a disciplinary action on file with the State Bar.

Participants pay no fees in connection with representation. The Plan pays all of the attorney’s fees.