The ability to work as a professional or operate a business can be significantly affected by federal, state, or local agencies’ regulations, rules, or enforcement actions. Moreover, individuals and businesses often require governmental approval as well. We assist clients in various industries and professions navigate through a governmental agency’s adverse action or advocate for a favorable decision by utilizing our understanding of administrative law and the legal guidelines and requirements imposed by the particular agency.
Administrative law is composed of the rules, regulations and procedures established by federal, state, or local agencies to accomplish their objectives. For example, many professionals and businesses owners require various licenses. These licenses are issued by local, state, or federal governmental agencies and can either be taken away or denied in an administrative process.
Administrative law cases have their own set of rules and require a thorough understanding of the laws and regulations that govern these types of cases. Because the potential consequences of administrative law cases are so high—including losing the ability to work in your chosen profession—a skilled attorney is recommended to help you through the process.
In California, when an individual or business disagrees with a government agency’s action, that action can be challenged. This is done by asking the agency for an administrative hearing. Administrative law judges (ALJs) preside over the hearings. If you do not prevail, you can further appeal by filing a lawsuit in with the Superior Court of California. This is called a writ of mandate.
Park Lawless & Tremonti’s lawyers have previously worked on matters involving administrative or regulatory law issues before the following governmental agencies: