Occupational Licenses

Most California licensees that do not fall within the healthcare professions or the financial professions are occupational licenses. An occupational license may be obtained by simply completing a license application, without a specialized degree, training or passing a test. Examples of occupational licenses include automobile salesperson, automotive dealer, automotive repair dealer, residential care facility for the elderly, family day care, automobile reposessor or furniture dealer.

Most issues in the occupations arise from criminal convictions in the backgrounds of applicants, new convictions suffered by licensees, or failed inspections by regulators. We have extensive experience defending all types of regulatory actions against occupational license applications and license holders.

Federal Licensing Law

Federal licensing agencies may file a denial or an accusation against someone holding a federal license or privilege. Federal agency sanctions can include a bar, suspension, or an exclusion. Federal license law hearings are governed by the Federal Administrative Procedure Act. The federal government has staff attorneys that prosecute these cases and federal ALJs that try cases in Washington D.C. and in local venues around the country.

Federal licensing cases that we have handled include the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Department of Defense (DOD), the Internal Revenue Service Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), and the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Federal cases usually follow formal rules of procedure, so the involvement of an attorney is essential. Federal agencies also carry out investigations, often in writing, but sometimes by investigative interview or deposition.

Certification Boards and Private Associations

Our firm also represents professionals before certification bodies and industry groups, and members and officers before their private associations. A certification board may suspend a certification or place it on probation. There may be the opportunity to appear in writing or in person at a hearing before a certification board or its special committee. Sometimes a party or their attorney may appear by telephone.

Private associations typically have bylaws that provide parties subject to discipline, fines, suspension, expulsion or exclusion with the right to due process, such as an informal hearing, formal hearing, or the ability to submit evidence and argument in writing. Private association cases often involve ethics violations and may be decided by an ethics committee. We have experience in navigating the investigation and hearing processes for numerous certifying boards and private associations.

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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Suite 700
Cerritos, CA 90703
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