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Membership to Arbitration Forums is FREE and offers numerous benefits to its members.

  • Resolution of disputes takes only a fraction of the time compared to litigation
  • Dramatic reduction in legal cost/expense
  • An average of $40 is recovered for every dollar spent on filing fees

Becoming a member of Arbitration Forums is as easy as 1 2 3...

If your organization qualifies as an insurer, self-insured, or commercial insured with a large retention, Arbitration Forums, Inc. welcomes and encourages you to become a signatory to one or more of AF's forums.

1. Fill out the Applicable Agreement(s)

Each Agreement needs to be completed in its entirety with the exception of the subsidiary listing section. This section should only be completed if your organization intends on having more than one subsidiary participating in the same forum. In addition, the agreements MUST be signed by a corporate officer, senior-level executive, or an individual that has the authority to bind your organization to a nationwide contract. The agreement is valid and binding from the date in which the agreement is signed.

Upon completion of the agreement, please forward the original signed copy to the attention of:

Arbitration Forums, Inc.
Attn: Membership Services
3820 Northdale Boulevard, Suite 200A
Tampa, Florida 33624

You may request membership information via membership@arbfile.org or call 1-866-977-3434.

2. Complete the following forms and email them to membership@arbfile.org.

  • Security Administrator Profile Form
    Security administrators have a user designation that allows them to add, modify, and remove business units and users for their company. Regardless of the business unit to which they are assigned, administrators can control business units and users for the entire company. Security administrators can also specify company preferences related to their company's participation in AF's programs.
  • Global Authorization Form
    To improve our members' experience and increase efficiencies, AF transitioned all paper notices on unanswered cases to email notifications. Each member company must provide a global email address to which AF will send its notifications. Only an authorized officer of the member company may approve the process.

3. Review AF's Informational and Training Resources

Third-Party Administrators (TPAs) can be a vital part of the arbitration process. We set up TPAs with their own company code and dedicated Security Administrator. Should you wish to have a TPA file on your behalf all we need is written consent. The TPA Letter of Consent needs to be submitted on the member company letter head, be signed by a corporate officer, senior level executive, or an individual that has the authority to bind your organization to a nationwide contract and not be case specific. The completed TPA Letter of Consent can be emailed to membership@arbfile.org.

With more than 743,000 disputes resolved annually around the country, it is clear that the member arbitrators are a vital force that makes the Intercompany Arbitration process such a success. Go to Becoming an Arbitrator for more information.

Membership FAQ's

  1. What level of authority is needed to sign an agreement?
  2. Can the agreements be sent via email?
  3. I am a security administrator, now what?
  4. I am a TPA that needs to file on behalf of a member company, what do I do?
  1. What level of authority is needed to sign an agreement?


    • A corporate officer, senior level executive, or an individual that has the authority to bind your organization to a nationwide contract must sign the agreements.
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  2. Can the agreements be sent via email?


    • Agreements must be mailed to:
    • Arbitration Forums, Inc.
      Attn: Membership Services
      3820 Northdale Boulevard, Suite 200A
      Tampa, Florida 33624

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  3. I am a security administrator, now what?


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  5. I am a TPA that needs to file on behalf of a member company, what do I do?


    • The TPA Letter of Consent must be submitted on the member company letter head, a corporate officer, senior level executive, or an individual that has the authority to bind their organization to a nationwide contract, and cannot be case specific. The completed TPA Letter of Consent can be emailed to membership@arbfile.org.
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