California Professional License Law Solutions

We offer comprehensive legal strategies for California licensed professionals and license applicants. If one of these scenarios fits your situation, please call us immediately for a confidential consultation:

You are applying for a license or license renewal and have to make background disclosures

We will ensure that you provide accurate, required information, with responses and explanations that are designed to minimize application problems.

You are licensed, and have received an Accusation

An Accusation is a legal document listing charges against a licensed professional. It is usually served by certified mail and is accompanied by other legal documents including a Notice of Defense. Immediate action is required to preserve your right to a hearing and to prevent a default.

You are licensed, and have been contacted by your licensing agency by letter, or by an agency investigator

A cautious, but prompt and cooperative reply, is usually beneficial. Some situations may call for immediate remedial action. In some cases, it is wisest to make no statements at all. We can craft a strategy for responding to the agency and resolving issues at the earliest possible stage.

You are applying for a license and have received a denial letter or a Statement of Issues

A prompt response, providing more information or seeking an appeal, is required. If you received a Statement of Issues, it is usually served by certified mail and is accompanied by other legal documents including a Notice of Defense. Immediate action is required to preserve your right to an appeal of the denial of the license.

You have just lost a licensing hearing, or received a notice your license is revoked

Time is of the essence. You may need to file a Petition for Writ of Administrative Mandamus (an appeal) or a Petition for Reconsideration (submitting new arguments or evidence to the licensing agency.) Timelines are very short, so contact us immediately for help with an appeal.

You have just received a Default Decision revoking your license

You may have just seven or fewer days to file a motion to set aside the default. Immediate, urgent action is required, or it may be too late to reverse the revocation.

We offer comprehensive California licensing law representation, including:

  • helping license applicants to disclose and explain adverse background information on an application
  • responding to licensing agency investigation letters
  • handling board investigations that become criminal investigations
  • addressing licensed business state law compliance issues
  • appealing the denial of any California professional license
  • preventing immediate suspension of a license in criminal court under Penal Code section 23
  • defending against interim suspension orders (ISOs)
  • filing a Notice of Defense in response to an Accusation
  • negotiations with the Attorney General or Department Counsel
  • representation at administrative hearings
  • reconsideration after an adverse decision
  • writs and appeals after an adverse decision
  • petition for reinstatement after the loss of a license
  • handling problems that arise during license probation
  • early termination of probation
  • modification of the terms of probation
  • addressing collateral effects to certifications, privileges and other licenses

We have represented clients before various departments, boards and bureaus, including:

  • Medical Board of California (Physician, PTAL)
  • Osteopathic Medical Board of California (Osteopathic Physician)
  • Board of Podiatric Medicine of California (Podiatrist)
  • Dental Board of California (Dentist)
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
  • California Board of Psychology (Psychologist)
  • California Veterinary Medical Board (Veterinarian)
  • Physician Assistant Board (Physician Assistant)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist)
  • Licensed Vocational Nursing Board (Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN or Psychiatric Technician)
  • Speech-Pathology and Audiology Board (Speech-Language Pathologist)
  • Physical Therapy Board of California (Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant)
  • Board of Occupational Therapy (Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant)
  • Respiratory Care Board of California (Respiratory Therapist)
  • Optometry Board (Optometrist)
  • Contractors State Licensing Board (Licensed Contractor)
  • California Board of Accountancy (Certified Public Accountant)
  • Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists (Civil Engineer, Geologist)
  • California Architects Boards (Architect)
  • Department of Real Estate (Real Estate Broker, Real Estate Salesperson)
  • Office of Real Estate Appraisers (Real Estate Appraiser)
  • Bureau of Insurance (Insurance Broker, Life Agent, Property and Casualty Broker, Bail Bondsman)
  • FINRA (NASD) (Associated Person, Broker/Dealer)
  • Department of Financial Protection and Innovation [California Finance Lender License (CFL), Deferred Deposit Lender (CDDTL), Escrow, Mortgage Loan Originators for CFLs]
  • Mortgage Loan Originator (MLO)
  • Court Reporters Board (Certified Shorthand Reporter)
  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (Teacher)
  • Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMS)
  • County EMS/EMT
  • Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Firefighter)
  • California Department of Health Care Services (Healthcare Provider Exclusions)
  • Department of Motor Vehicles (Automobile Dealer, Automobile Salesperson, Wholesaler)
  • Department of Social Services (Elder Care, Child Care, Criminal Record Exemption)
  • Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Offsite Liquor License)
  • Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology (Cosmetologist, Establishment)
  • Bureau of Automotive Repair (Smog Check, Smog Technician, Auto Repair Dealer)
  • Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (Repossessor Agency, Locksmith)
  • State Bar of California (Attorney)
  • Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (Tobacco Tax & Trade Permit, Explosives, Firearms)
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • Common Access Card Denials and Revocations
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA Registration)
  • Department of Housing & Urban Development (Debarments and Suspensions)
  • Department of Defense Facility Security Clearance
  • Federal Aviation Administration Permits
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Forest Service Appeals & Objections
  • Health & Human Services Administration (OIG Exclusions, NPDB Exclusions)
  • Industrial Security Clearance Denial Appeals
  • Marine Mammal Permits (Scientific Research, Public Display, Commercial or Educational Photography)
  • NOAA Fishing Permits
  • Personal Security Clearance Denials
  • Security & Exchange Commission Discipline
  • United States Department of Agriculture

Please call (800) 474-6911 or (949) 557-4888 for a consultation concerning your professional licensing problem. For federal license defense services, please see our federal license defense website.

Orange County Main Office:
5000 Birch Street
Suite 7000
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Los Angeles County Office:
18000 Studebaker Road
Suite 700
Cerritos, CA 90703
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