Professional licensing is essential for those who need a license from the State of Vermont to do their job, for instance, a teacher, a lawyer, a doctor, a hair stylist, a realtor, and many others.
Those who depend on professional licenses for their livelihoods face specific issues throughout their careers that non-licensed individuals do not. The law surrounding professional licensure and certification is complex, and can vary from one profession to another. The best way for a professional to establish and protect his or her license is to seek advice from an attorney who understands this area of law.
Montroll, Backus & Oettinger is dedicated to assisting and defending all licensed professionals. Facing an investigation or a complaint by a professional licensing authority is a very serious matter. Often licensed professionals are unaware of the implications a negative professional licensing action will have on their practice. Our goal is to guide you through this process and minimize the potential negative impact on your professional license.
We will help you understand the administrative complaint process, which is complex to those navigating it for the first time. It starts with the filing of a complaint by a former patient, client, colleague or other interested person with the state licensing agency. The agency assigns an investigator. The investigator usually has nothing more than the complaint to go on. He or she will call or write attempting to set up a meeting. Before you meet with anyone, we advise that you consult a professional licensing attorney for proper legal representation. There is often a very short time frame for the licensed professional to obtain an attorney to evaluate the issues before the investigator seeks authority to file a formal complaint or an administrative hearing is scheduled. Many licensed professionals attempt to resolve professional licensing issues on their own. While there may be no validity to the complaint, the risk of potential sanctions far outweighs the cost of hiring an attorney. Often an experienced professional licensing attorney can help achieve a dismissal or greatly reduce sanctions.
Montroll, Backus & Oettinger appreciates the hard work associated with being a licensed professional. We work diligently to protect the licenses, reputation, assets and careers of our clients, and help alleviate the stress involved in defending professional licensing claims.
Attorneys Experienced in Professional Licensing Law
Mark practices as an attorney and teaches law at Vermont colleges. Mark is experienced in Administrative, Business, Civil & Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense, Education, Family, Government, International, Non-Profit, Probate & Trust Administration, Professional Licensing and Wills & Trusts.