Administrative Law and Professional Licensing
Increasing complexity in today’s government has meant that more and more businesses, licensed professionals, and individuals will run into problems with state, government or regulatory agencies. Administrative Law and Professional Licensing requires a specific set of skills. Our administrative lawyers understand the procedures and rules are specific to the alphabet soup of agencies that regularly affect our income. These include, by way of illustration, the EEOC, DEQ, VOSHA, DOL, PBA, IRS, DPOR, and DSS to name only a few state and federal agencies that regulate almost every corner of business and commercial activity.
Our attorneys are knowledgeable regarding the many sources of regulations that affect our clients as well as the administrative procedures that govern the application of these regulations and particular instances. Unlike normal litigation, there are specific and distinct rules of practice that govern disputes related to regulatory action. Protecting your rights in administrative proceedings is a complex process that requires dedicated attention from the first notice of a regulatory claim or investigation all the way through final appeal. Our attorneys are well-equipped to advise our clients on the best strategies for dealing with regulatory complaints.
Our attorneys also assist Virginia licensed professionals in addressing issues that arise before the many professional licensing boards in Virginia. Without question, the economic value of a professional license is substantial. Just as important is the reputation value attached to holding a license and practicing as a professional in service to the citizens of the Commonwealth. When issues arise concerning licensing investigations or complaints, our attorneys are prepared to assist.
ThompsonMcMullan attorneys routinely represent professionals in licensing and disciplinary matters before various Boards of Health Professions and the Board of Professional and Occupational Regulation. Our clients include physicians, nurses, dentists, mental health professionals, chiropractors, contractors, real estate professionals, engineers and others before their professional boards and also the Virginia State Bar.
We represent assisted living facilities and long term care providers in matters before the Department of Social Services. Our attorneys provide advice at all stages of the licensing process, including informal fact finding conferences and formal appeals before the Department of Social Services through appeals to the circuit courts.
ThompsonMcMullan defends health care providers before the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) in appeals regarding over-payment for services and Medicaid reimbursement.