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CALIFORNIA BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL LICENSE DEFENSE CASE RESULTS

California Contractors State License Board Accusation Against Contractor Hassan M.: The Contractors State License Board filed an Accusation against the client, a Los Angeles General Contractor. The Contractor had worked on a home remodel  in an exclusive area of the San Fernando Valley. The counts contained in the Accusation were: Abandonment of a Project, Departure from Accepted Trade Standards, Failure to Complete Project for Contract Price and Violations of Home Improvement Form Requirements (contracts) and Payments Exceeding the Value of Work and Materials. The complainants and my client also had civil claims pending against each other for unjust enrichment. After extensive negotiations with the California Attorney General’s Office,  the client received a grant of probation, with Restitution issues deferred to the civil court proceeding.

California Contractors State License Board Accusation Against Contractor John T.: The Contractors State License Board filed an Accusation against the client, a Los Angeles General Contractor. The Contractor had worked on a home remodel  near a Los Angeles County beach. The home collapsed during a flood and sustained nearly $350,000 in damage. The counts contained in the Accusation were: Abandonment of a Project, Departure from Accepted Trade Standards, Failure to Complete Project for Contract Price, Violations of Home Improvement Form Requirements (payment schedules) and Payments Exceeding the Value of Work and Materials. After extensive negotiations with the California Attorney General’s Office,  the client received a grant of probation, thus saving his license.

California Contractors State License Board Statement of Issues Against Gregory T.: The Contractors State License Board denied the Los Angeles area client a Contractors License (Plumbing Specialty) due to five prior felony convictions from 1997 through 2011. These convictions included Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Petty Theft with a Prior, Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia, Possession for Sale of a Controlled Substance and Transportation of a Controlled Substance. During a Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge in downtown Los Angeles, we presented substantial evidence of full rehabilitation. The ALJ granted the client a full Contractors License.

California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists Accusation Against Michael S.: The Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists filed an Accusation against the licensee, a Land Surveyor based in Riverside County, alleging thirty four causes of action. The allegations spanned over a five year period involving jobs located in San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Orange County, San Luis Obispo County and Contra Costa County. A multi day Hearing at the Office of Administrative Hearings in San Diego resulted in the dismissal of numerous causes of action. The Land Surveyor was placed on three years of disciplinary probation and the costs owed to the Board and the Attorney General’s Office were reduced from approximately $28,000 to $7,500.

California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists Accusation Against Allan C.: The Board  for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists filed an Accusation against the client, a licensed Land Surveyor in both California and Texas. The Accusation stated causes of action for Negligence in the Practice of Land Surveying, Aiding and Abetting Unlicensed Land Surveying and several other violations. Prior to legal representation from our office, the Board offered the client a 4 year probationary term with standard terms and conditions and a provision requiring a minimum number of Land Surveying practice hours in California in order for the time to count towards the completion of probation, all in exchange for admissions of liability to all causes of action. Since the client primarily worked in Texas, the result of this “tolling requirement” would have been an effective revocation of his Land Surveyors license in California. Once retained, we pointed out the weaknesses in the state’s case and provided a quality mitigation packet, highlighting our clients’ positive characteristics. Our client reached a Stipulated Agreement with the Board that did not require admission of liability. The disciplinary order specified only 2 1/2 years of license probation and no tolling provision, which will allow the client to complete all terms and conditions of license probation in Texas.

California Department of Social Services Child Care License Accusation Against Helen B.: The Department of Social Services filed an Accusation against the client, a San Bernardino County small home day care provider. The Accusation contained allegations that were completely unsubstantiated and lacked any credible evidence. Additionally, the complainants lacked credibility. Prior to the Hearing on the Accusations, the Department of Social Services dismissed the Accusation.

California Department of Social Services Child Care License Accusation Against Juanita D.: The Department of Social Services filed an Accusation against the client in 2014, a Los Angeles small home day care provider. The client was investigated, but never convicted nor even arrested for allegedly misusing an employer’s credit card in 2007. The Department believed that this alleged conduct constituted conduct inimical and warranted a revocation of the client’s child care license. The Department failed to show any credible evidence that the client had engaged in any activity that negatively reflected upon her child care license. The Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings in downtown Los Angeles authored a Proposed Decision dismissing the Accusation.

California Department of Social Services Child Care License Accusation Against Marina V.: The Department of Social Services filed an Accusation against the client, a Ventura home day care provider. The Accusation charged a lack of supervision and violation of personal rights. The allegations included that a child in the care of the day care facility wandered from the facility and was missing for a period of 45 minutes. The Department failed to prove that the conduct warranted a day care license revocation. The Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings authored a Proposed Decision placing the client on one year of probation only.

California Department of Social Services Child Care License Accusation Against Agatha B.: The Department of Social Services filed an Accusation against the client, a Bakersfield large home day care provider. The Accusation charged a violation of personal rights and improper operation of a family child care home. The allegations included that the client improperly supervised children at the park, the improper supervision resulted in a fistfight between two children, a minor improperly transported a child under the client’s care, the client dispensed medication to a child without parental permission and the smoke detector at the facility did not work properly. At the Hearing in Los Angeles, DSS agreed to probation with the condition that the client not transport any children during the length of probation.

California Department of Social Services Child Care License Accusation Against Carnetta R. & Michael C.: The Department of Social Services filed an Accusation against the client, a Los Angeles large home day care provider. The Accusation charged a violation of personal rights, negligence and conduct inimical to a day care provider. The allegations included that the facility was grossly overcapacity and the children were left in the care of an unlicensed individual. At the Hearing in Los Angeles, the Administrative Law Judge agreed to grant the clients probation.

California Department of Social Services Child Care Center License Accusation Against B.H.R.C. Preschool: The Department of Social Services filed an Accusation against the client, a Los Angeles preschool for Violation of Personal Rights, Gross Negligence, Failure to Supervise and Conduct Inimical to the Health, Welfare and Morals of the Public. The causes of action stemmed from a child wandering away from the facility onto a busy commercial street in Hollywood. Additionally, the Department alleged that the licensee falsely claimed to the parents of the child that the child was kidnapped rather than wandered away from the facility. At a Hearing in Los Angeles, the Administrative Law Judge granted the client probation.

California Department of Social Services Child Center Accusation Against D.C. Preschool: The California Department of Social Services filed an Accusation against the client, a Los Angeles area preschool for Violation of Personal Rights, Gross Negligence Failure to Supervise and Conduct Inimical to the Health, Welfare and Morals of the Public. The causes of action arose from an allegation that a teacher hit a child and failed to report the incident. Furthermore, the facility allegedly failed to report two more unusual incidents. Due to the weakness of the evidence, the Department dismissed the allegation that a teacher hit a child. The client then entered into a Stipulated Agreement with the Department placing the preschool on probation for three years, with an option to terminate probation after two years, providing no new Type A violations occur in that time.

California Department of Social Services Child Care License Citation Against Agatha B.: The Department of Social Services placed the day care licensee on probation and ordered the licensee not to transport day care children. The Department of Social Services issued a Citation against the licensee for transporting day care students in violation of the licensee’s probation. The Appeal of the Citation detailed the lack of any evidence suggesting the licensee transported day care students. Thus, DSS dismissed the Citation.

California Department of Social Services Child Care License Accusation Against Kimberly P.: The Department of Social Services filed an Accusation against the client, a Fontana large home day care provider. The client was also an employee of a commercial pre school center. The Accusation charged a violation of Care Provider Absence, Overcapacity, Lack of Supervision, Violation of Personal Rights, Conduct Inimical to the health, safety and welfare of children, Criminal Record Clearance violations. The allegations stemmed from the client being absent from the facility over the allotted 20% time period, too few staff members for the number of children present on several occasions and failure to maintain fire extinguishers. While this matter was pending, DSS conducted a compliance check of the facility and found additional violations, including overcapacity and a child sleeping on the ground in a locked garage. DSS agreed to a two year revocation of the facility’s license (reinstatement permissible after this time period) and allowed the client to maintain her employment with the large commercial pre school.

California Medical Board of California Investigation of Doctor Ernest S.: The client, a Medical Doctor (Anesthesiologist) at a Los Angeles area hospital, was under investigation by the Medical Board of California for allegedly working under the influence, tampering with a controlled substance at work and overprescribing painkillers. An extensive defense investigation showing the lack of witness credibility, the weakness of the physical evidence and reports of a handwriting expert convinced the Medical Board of California to close the case.

California Osteopathic Medical Board of California Investigation of Doctor N.P.: The client, a Doctor of Osteopathy, was arrested for one count of Domestic Battery in Ventura County. The District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges. The Osteopathic Medical Board of California then sent an investigatory letter to the client in an attempt to gain enough evidence to file an administrative action against her professional license. Prompt response by our office resulted in the complete closure of the case with no disciplinary action taken against her license.

California Respiratory Care Board Accusation Against Respiratory Care Practitioner Michael P.: The client, a licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner and owner of an American Heart Association approved teaching facility in Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to Possession of Cocaine in San Fernando Court. Despite receiving the Prop 36 drug treatment program, the Respiratory Care Board filed an Accusation against his license. At the time of the guilty plea, the client did not know of the impact on his professional license. After presenting mitigating evidence to the Attorney General’s Office, the Respiratory Care Board agreed to place the client on three years of probation with standard terms and conditions, substantially reduce the fines and costs to the Board and substitute continuing education hours in place of supervised practice.

California Respiratory Care Board Accusation Against Respiratory Care Practitioner Jacob I.: The client, a licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner in San Jose, was convicted of a second offense Driving Under the Influence of Narcotics charge and Possession of Cocaine in Monterey. The Respiratory Care Board filed its third disciplinary action involving drugs and alcohol against the client. The Attorney General’s Office and the Respiratory Care Board agreed to place the client on four years of disciplinary probation with standard terms and conditions.

California Respiratory Care Board Accusation Against Respiratory Care Practitioner Anatoly G.: The client, a licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner at a major Los Angeles area hospital, was accused of Unprofessional Conduct, Gross Negligence and Grossly Incorrect Record Entries. The client allegedly fell below the standard of care in caring for a patient and misrepresented his treatment of the patient on the patient’s medical chart. The Respiratory Care Board agreed to a period of probation and monitoring as well as continuing education classes.

Hospital Investigation of Respiratory Care Practitioner Eric S.: The client, a licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner at a Glendale hospital, was accused of Gross Negligence and Unprofessional Conduct, arising from an alleged incident with a patient. The hospital investigation was deficient. The lack of proof against the Respiratory Care Practitioner was highlighted. The hospital dropped the investigation and did not make a referral to the Respiratory Care Board.

California Physical Therapy Board Accusation Against Betty H.: The client, a licensed Physical Therapist in Alameda, faced a disciplinary Accusation for False Billing, False Charting and Failure to Update a Change in Address. The client added hours to patient bills submitted to insurance companies, Medicare and MediCal. At the time of the misconduct, the client faced a very stressful medical condition, work pressure and a pending relocation to Minnesota. The Physical Therapy Board and the Attorney General’s Office agreed to a probationary term, rather than revocation. Due to the client relocating to Minnesota, the client could not comply with the traditional terms of probation. Therefore, the Board agreed that the client would not begin serving her probationary license disciplinary term until she returns to reside in California. Additionally, the Stipulated Agreement does not prohibit the client from seeking to practice  Physical Therapy in another state, providing she is licensed as a Physical Therapist in that respective state. Furthermore, the Board agreed to reduce the costs owed to the Board and the Attorney General’s Office from almost $22,000 to under $11,000.

California Board of Vocational Nursing Investigation of Licensed Vocational Nurse Johnson V.: The client, a licensed Vocational Nurse was arrested for Domestic Battery in Los Angeles. The City Attorney’s Office declined to press charges. The California Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians then sent an investigatory letter to the client in an attempt to gain enough evidence to file an administrative action against his professional license. Prompt response by our office resulted in the complete closure of the case with no disciplinary action taken against his license.

Consultation of Real Estate Salesperson Terre S.: The client, a Beverly Hills Real Estate Salesperson, was arrested and charged with a felony count of Auto Insurance Fraud in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. The client and her criminal defense attorney required assistance in minimizing the  negative impact of a plea agreement on her professional license. The client pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of Tampering With a Vehicle, which will help mitigate any disciplinary action taken by the California Bureau of Real Estate.

Consultation of Real Estate Salesperson Application of Edwin T.: The client, a prospective applicant for a Real Estate Salespersons license, was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Defraud the Public and Bribery in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. The client and his criminal defense attorney required assistance in minimizing the negative impact of a plea agreement on his real estate license application. The matter is currently pending.

Consultation of Real Estate Salesperson Rebecca T.: The client, a San Diego Real Estate Salesperson, was arrested and charged with a felony count of Auto Insurance Fraud in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. The client and her criminal defense attorney required assistance in minimizing the  negative impact of a plea agreement on her professional license. The client pleaded no contest to a wobbler offense, with sentencing postponed for eighteen months. Providing the client complies with the Court’s orders, at sentencing, the charge will be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor, which will help mitigate any disciplinary action taken by the California Bureau of Real Estate.

California Department of Insurance Statement of Issues Against Roubin D.: The client, a Los Angeles area banker, was denied an Insurance License by the Department of Insurance due to a previous disciplinary action from the Bureau of Real Estate for his Real Estate Salesperson license. Negotiations with the Department of Insurance resulted in a restricted license with no probation conditions. After some length of time passes with no violations, the client can file a petition for a full Insurance license.

California Department of Insurance Statement of Issues Against Victor E.: The client, a Los Angeles area college graduate, was denied an Insurance License by the Department of Insurance due to his failure to disclose five misdemeanor convictions on his application. The client and counsel requested a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. Prior to the hearing, counsel presented substantial evidence of the client’s good character. As a result, the Department of Insurance agreed to grant the client a Restricted License to sell insurance for a period of two years with no formal monitoring program.

California Department of Insurance Statement of Issues Against Meyer C.: The Los Angeles area client was denied an Insurance License by the CaliforniaDepartment of Insurance due to a previous conviction for misdemeanor Counterfeiting. Presentation of substantial mitigation evidence in favor of the client resulted in negotiation with the Department of Insurance for the client to receive a Restricted License for a period of two years with no formal monitoring program.

California Horse Racing Board Complaint Against Horse Jockey J.C.: The client, a license horse jockey at Santa Anita Racetrack in Los Angeles County, was accused of Conduct Detrimental to Horse Racing due to an allegation of Domestic Violence with another licensee. The racetrack Stewards conducted a Hearing in the matter. After reviewing the evidence, including a videotape of the incident, the Stewards dismissed the case in its entirety. In their written opinion dismissing the case, the Stewards cited a lack of evidence by the Board and a belief that the client acted in self defense.

California Horse Racing Board Complaint Against Horse Trainer D.F.: The client, a licensed horse trainer at Los Alamitos Racetrack near Long Beach (Los Angeles), was accused of doping (drugging) his winning horse in a race with a banned substance. The substance in this matter was acepromazine, a depressant, however the horse won the race. A full day Hearing was conducted before the racetrack Stewards, a three person panel. Numerous issues regarding testing procedure and racetrack safety were highlighted during the Hearing.

Guard Card License Application of R.J.: The client, a former LAPD Officer, sought reinstatement of his Security Guard license (Guard Card). Previously, he had suffered several criminal convictions that resulted in the loss of his job as an LAPD Officer and the loss of his Guard Card. Although currently on felony probation, the Bureau of Security & Investigative Services (BSIS) Board was made aware that the client’s convictions were not substantially related to his functions as a Security Guard and he did not pose a threat to the public. BSIS granted the client a full unarmed Guard Card.

Liquor Licensing Matter of S.R.: Another attorney’s client, the son of a liquor licensee who owned a bar in North Hollywood, entered into an unlawful agreement to sell the liquor license and bar to a third party. Our office advised the attorneys for both the purported seller and purported buyer regarding the unlawfulness of the transaction as well as the legal way to complete any sale involving a liquor license in accordance with California state law and Alcoholic Beverage Control rules and regulations.

California DMV Administrative Action Against Akbar M.: The client, an elderly male, received a California Department of Motor Vehicles Administrative drivers license suspension due to an allegation of cheating on the written driving examination. At the Hearing on the set aside of the suspension of the client’s drivers license, the defense presented substantial mitigation through evidence of economic and personal hardship. The defense also presented evidence of the client’s rehabilitation. These efforts resulted in a set aside of the client’s drivers license suspension and the client was allowed to retake the written examination.

California Board of Equalization Tax Appeal of L.C.L.: The clients, the former owners of a well known bar and lounge in Woodland Hills, were the subject of an investigation by the BOE. The BOE determined that the clients owed over $68,000 in unpaid sales taxes, penalties and fees. The defense successfully challenged the accuracy of the BOE’s methodology of the in person audits, alcohol pour volume, cash to credit ratios and liquor bottle prices used to determine the sales tax amount owed. The client’s received a refund of over $42,000.

California Franchise Tax Board Settlement of Michael H.: The client, a Fresno medical device salesman, failed to file several years of taxes with the California Franchise Tax Board and as a result, owed a substantial sum to the FTB. The client’s installment agreement called for payments of approximately $2000 a month. Negotiations with the FTB resulted in an over 50% reduction in his installment agreement to $900 a month.

California Franchise Tax Board Settlement of Ben J.The client, a Los Angeles Contractor, owed back taxes to the California Franchise Tax Board. As a result of the Great Recession, the client had failed to pay taxes for a number of years. Negotiations with the California Franchise Tax Board revealed a tax refund due to the client.

California Franchise Tax Board Settlement of Hans D.: The client, a Los Angeles resident, owed back taxes to the California Franchise Tax Board. The client had failed to pay his total income tax bill for several years. Negotiations with the FTB resulted in an installment agreement, whereby the client must only pay a small fraction of his income per month to satisfy the unpaid balance.

FEDERAL ADMINISTRATIVE LAW CASE RESULTS

TSA TWIC Card Denial Appeal of Jesus R.: The client, a oil and gas truck driver for a major oil company, applied for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential, or TWIC Card, issued  by the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA. TSA denied the client a TWIC due to a prior conviction for Assault with a Deadly Weapon. After briefing the issues and authoring a TWIC Card Appeal, the TSA granted the client a full TWIC Card.

CBP Global Entry Denial Appeal of Lloyd S.: The client, a San Francisco based owner of an international Locksmith company, was denied Global Entry program membership due to a 1989 felony conviction for Possession for Sale of Marijuana in California. A successful written appeal showing the client’s rehabilitation over twenty five years and proof of positive moral character resulted in the United States Customs and Border Protection’s Ombudsman’s Office overturning the denial. The client then received Global Entry program membership.

CBP Global Entry Denial Appeal of Lori S.: The client, a Los Angeles area Nurse, was denied Global Entry program membership due to a 1986 conviction for Possession of Cocaine. A successful written appeal showing the client’s rehabilitation and proof of positive moral character resulted in the granting of an in person interview with Customs & Border Protection. The client was approved for Global Entry program membership.

CBP Global Entry Denial Appeal of K.Z.: The client, a Los Angeles entertainment professional, was denied Global Entry program membership due to a 1969 conviction for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and a 1975 conviction for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. A successful written appeal showing the client’s rehabilitation over a forty year period, proof of positive moral character and the non existence security risk resulted in the approval of an in person interview with Customs & Border Protection. The client was approved for Global Entry program membership.

CBP Global Entry Denial Appeal of Clayton C.: The client, a Los Angeles banker, was denied Global Entry program membership due to a 2009 conviction for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. A successful written appeal showed the client’s rehabilitation, positive moral character and the non existence security risk prompted the approval of an interview with Customs & Border Protection. The client was approved for Global Entry program membership.

NMLS License Investigation of Roubin D.: The Los Angeles area insurance broker sought to expand his business and receive a Mortgage Loan Originator license. The California Department of Business Oversight licenses Mortgage Loan Originators. However, individuals apply for the license through the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry, or NMLS. NMLS sought to deny the client a license due to the non disclosure of a previous disciplinary action from the California Bureau of Real Estate. By showing the non disclosure was not intentional and thus inadvertent, NMLS granted the client an MLO license.

MUNICIPAL CODE VIOLATION CASE RESULTS

People v. Susan C. & Kris C.: The clients, both possessing federal security clearances, were cited for misdemeanor Building Code violations in Glendale. The issues arose because the Glendale City Attorney’s Office alleged that the married couple failed to pull proper renovation permits for their home. The Glendale City Attorney’s Office agreed to dismiss the case. As a result, the clients were able to keep their high level security clearances.

People v. Mikhail L.: The client, a Los Angeles and West Hollywood taxicab driver, was charged with 2 Misdemeanors for allegedly picking up a passenger in Beverly Hills, outside of his permitted jurisdictions. The Beverly Hills City Prosecutor at Airport Court agreed to a Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ) sentence for twelve months. Providing the taxicab driver commits no new misdemeanor offenses during that time period, the entire case will be dismissed. Thus, his taxi operators licenses for Los Angeles and West Hollywood were saved.

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"Seth Weinstein was the key to my success in obtaining my plumbing license. Arrests from my past were hindering my chances of becoming a licensed plumbing contractor. From the first time we spoke about my predicament, I realized I was in the hands of someone who dealt with many cases just like mine. While searching the Internet, I discovered there aren't many lawyers in California with this specialty. He was professional, courteous and straightforward on what needed to be done. Seth was always easy to get a hold of when I had any questions. He updated me on all conversations he had with the CSLB and always gave me the scenarios of what would happen based on their next move/ decision. I took all his advice on getting letters and character witnesses to strengthen my case. When I left my appeal hearing, I felt confident that Seth gave me the best chance to win my appeal. I am now a California Licensed Plumbing Contractor. I just want to thank you again Seth. You did a great job representing me and there is no way I could have done it without you!"


Contractor Greg T., Los Angeles Client


"I came across Seth Weinstein during an internet search for an attorney to represent my husband against the Contractors State License Board. I am also an attorney myself. My husband graduated from one of the top Architect schools in the country and has been practicing for over 25 years as a designer and Contractor building high end residential and commercial projects all over the world. He has excellent reviews from his clients and his work has been published in the New York Times and numerous other publications. He has never had any complaints filed against him in in his over 20 years of practice. In facts most of his clients usually become good friends. He is honest and passionate about his work and goes out of his way to make his clients happy. Suddenly we were faced with the worst nightmare any professional might face in their life: Shrewd dishonest clients, a lawyer and a doctor, who had no qualms about committing fraud and bullying to get what they want. They have a long history of refusing to pay for their services but are sophisticated and threatening enough to intimidate vendors to walk away. My husband did not get intimidated and demanded they pay him for his work that exceeded hundreds of thousand of dollars. They threatened him if he does not walk away they will retaliate. They drew up fraudulent yet sophisticated claims against him with CSLB.


Unfortunately CSLB did not do their due diligence in their investigation. They hastily sent our case against to the Attorney General; my husband was facing Administrative charges and could have lost his license. It was one of the most stressful times in our marriage. We fired the first lawyer who was handling our case and hired Seth Weinstein. The previous lawyer did not do any work to settle the case. He wanted to go to the trial so he could make more money. We were three months away from our trial. Seth was the complete opposite from the lawyer we fired. He was communicative, hard working, extremely honest and efficient in his hours and billing. He was also so on top of it in his follow up even when we were falling behind. There were thousands of documents and he got up to speed immediately and recognized the key issues.  Seth had to work with three other attorneys who were working with us on our case. One attorney is representing us against the client so we could get our money back.  The other attorney was from our insurance company fighting against fraudulent alleged defects. Seth worked with all them flawlessly to coordinate the matter and got up to speed in two months. This case was over three years old when we saw Seth. Seth managed to get the most amazing settlement for us from a Deputy Attorney General who has a reputation for not wanting to settle cases and is zealous in his prosecution.  I would not hesitate for a second to recommend Seth Weinstein as an attorney."


G.M. & Contractor H.M., Los Angeles Clients


"I really want to thank Seth for his outstanding professionalism. Dealing with CSLB is a stressful experience and Seth took the time to explain the process and provide guidance that things would work out. When meeting Seth, I was impressed by his positive aura, I believed in his optimistic persona and extensive experience, truly a honest and helpful attorney. If you are looking for a CSLB or licensing attorney, look no farther you have landed at the best firm. I can speak from experience. Again thank you Seth."


Contractor Fred A., Los Angeles Client


"Prior to meeting Seth Weinstein, our discussions with other attorneys left us with a impression that our legal situation was totally hopeless and the costs would be so high we where considering surrendering professional license and closing my dad's Land Surveying business. On our initial free phone consultation with Mr. Weinstein I was extremely impressed by not just his knowledge of the law but the very accurate assessment of our complex legal matter. Throughout the process of professional license defense, Mr. Weinstein demonstrated a high degree of resolve and professionalism. At the Court Hearing, I was very pleased with his confidence, effectiveness and ability to think on his feet. I have never witnessed such a masterful execution of the law. If your case goes to trial or hearing, I can assure that you want this attorney on your side! I am well satisfied and would not hesitate to recommend Seth. Mr. Weinstein is a phenomenal attorney, who quickly absorbed the details and circumstances involved in my case. He not only grasped the situation but was able to design an effective legal strategy with realistic goals. We believe Mr. Weinstein to be the most honest, ethical and competent attorney we have met and we are lifelong clients. Thank you Seth for saving our family Land Surveying business and livelihood!" 


Land Surveyor Michael S. & Angel S., San Diego Clients


"I hired Seth Weinstein when I needed legal representation for my business at an administrative hearing for my licensed family child care home. He helped me through a very tough situation with Community Care Licensing Division and was very patient, explained the process thoroughly and simplified things for me very well and was extremely supportive. He took his time to answer all of my questions and in my opinion went above and beyond my expectations. His attention to detail was fantastic and extremely helpful.  He walked me through the entire process and was extremely detailed in providing me with all possible concerns, issues that could arise and possible solutions. With his help and representation my case had a positive outcome and he is so detail oriented that he has called and emailed afterwards just to check in to see how we are doing. Although I hope never to need his services again I would definitely call him if I ever did and have since recommended him and passed his information on to others that I know."


Child Care/Day Care Provider Marina V., Ventura County Client 


"We have a family corporation that operates two separate facilities; a Pre school and an Infant care center.  The school is licensed to enroll two year old children up to six yeasr old. A two year old boy went out of the facility unnoticed. The incident was reported to the Police and to the Social Services per Protocol. Despite all of these, the Department of Social Service recommended the revocation of the Pre School license and the Infant Care Center license.  The Department of Social Services rejected a settlement and the case went to trial. During the trial, Attorney Weinstein was well prepared before the Administrative Judge to discredit almost all of the charges presented by the Social Service Prosecuting Lawyer. Attorney Weinstein acted as though he was destroying the arguments of the prosecution point by point. His closing arguments were so powerful that the judge used most of them in the narrative report of her decision in our favor. We got what we requested from the Court. Our two licensees were not revoked. Attorney Weinstein has the qualities of a top notch Lawyer!"


Pre School/Child Care Center Providers Betty A. & Luis A., Los Angeles Clients


"I recently retained the services of Seth Weinstein to represent me in a matter involving the Medical Board. With a deadline of only a few business days, Seth quickly gathered all the necessary information and was ready to help me immediately. He had extensive knowledge and experience with professional licensing, which put me at ease during a very difficult and confusing time. He was very professional but also very personable and always available to talk to me. The Board closed their inquiry without taking any action against me. I highly recommend the law services of Seth Weinstein."


Medical Dr. N.P., Ventura County Client


"I am a Respiratory Therapist and have been in the medical field for 15 plus years. I recently had some personal problems that I did not handle correctly and wound up with a DUI and a possession charge.  The Respiratory Care Board tried to suspend my license and/or revoke it.  My job was in jeopardy and had been suspended from work pending my investigation with the RCB. I retained the services of Seth Weinstein and can honestly say he quickly had my matter settled. In a situation where i felt completely helpless and hopeless Seth not only help me keep my license to practice medicine, but more importantly I kept my job and I got my life back. He was always there when i had a question or concern he is extremely knowledgeable in the field and returned my calls promptly. I HIGHLY recommend Seth for any administrative law issues."


Respiratory Care Practitioner Jacob I., San Jose Client


"Mr. Weinstein represented me in a criminal defense matter and a professional licensing matter. He is a very detail-oriented, diligent attorney with extensive knowledge in law. He provided quality service and attention to detail with prompt responses consistently anytime I had questions or needed guidance while keeping me well-informed and following through with every step throughout the process. His energy and competency reinstates my belief in the legal system. I strongly recommend Seth Weinstein's services to anyone who may need representation."


Respiratory Care Practitioner Michael P., Los Angeles Client


"Seth Weinstein is a great attorney who really helped me out. If not for him I may have lost my job. His expertise in the legal end of my field was reassuring. Seth made himself available right away and answered my questions and concerns.  His confidence in the situation put me at ease with the situation. I definitely recommend him with any license matters." 


Respiratory Care Practitioner Eric S., Los Angeles Client


I retained the services of Seth Weinstein in a professional licensing matter. I immediately knew I made the right decision retaining him because he wasted no time tending to my case.  I was denied my insurance license completely and I was given the option to do a hearing.  Seth is a very detail-oriented attorney and he used his extensive knowledge in law to help me obtain a favorable result, not only did he resolved the matter without a hearing but my license was reinstated without any type of further action on my part. He was always there when I had questions and kept me informed at all times. I strongly recommend Mr. Weinstein’s services to anyone who may need representation. He will definitely go the extra mile to make you get the best results.


Insurance Agent R.D., Los Angeles Client


"Seth Weinstein settled my case quicker, with less drama than several other attorneys I met with. Also his fee was much more reasonable than what some other attorneys wanted to charge me for the same amount of work without being able to settle it so quickly. Seth Weinstein resolved my issue within 4 weeks of being retained, I was shocked when he called me and gave me the good news. Every other attorney I spoke with wanted to drag out my case and request more time for the courts, Seth Weinstein was able to settle my case without requesting more time and having only 7 weeks before my hearing. He kept me from having to go into court for the administrative hearing and saved me a lot of money and time. I would refer Seth to everyone I know who has an issue with the licensing bureaus. He knows what he is doing and he will put your mind at ease once you retain him. He takes the pressure off of you and works with you in ways that other attorneys would never. I cannot express the way Seth Weinstein has helped me with my case and it is unbelievable how quickly and efficiently he was able to resolve my case. Seth Weinstein is truly an EXPERT in his field. 



Thank you for everything Seth."

Insurance Agent Meyer C., Los Angeles Client

"For over three years I tried to settle a dispute over an audit conducted by an overzealous auditor from the State of California’s Board of Equalization.  The original group I hired to appeal the audit was unsuccessful in even the slightest movement on the appeal.  Within a month after hiring Seth he negotiated what I consider an excellent settlement with the State, netting me a refund of almost 60% of the monies that the State collected due to the overzealous and faulty audit.


Once the settlement was accepted Seth followed up on a regular basis with the State agency, as the acceptance did require a number of levels of bureaucracy to view the new audit numbers and sign off on the work.  Seth kept me very informed of the progress, and when things became bogged down at the state level he was able to contact the proper people and move the refund process forward.  Seven months after hiring Seth I received a check from the State of California for the complete settlement.  Seth was able to do in seven months what our previous representation wasn’t able to do in three years.


I can highly recommend Seth. He is professional, a stickler to detail, excellent at communicating the issues of the case, and a tough negotiator, all which are good to have on your side."


Liquor Licensee Joel C., Los Angeles Client 


"We chose Mr. Weinstein to represent us on a building permit issue based on his expertise in local code as well as the positive reviews we read online.  We are pleased to add our own positive feedback to that list.  We were impressed with Mr. Weinstein from the start.  He was immediately responsive, spoke with us by phone on the weekend and then arranged for a consultation at a location convenient to us.  He understood our urgency in resolving our legal issues and started right away researching our case.  He clearly laid out what our options might be as well as the next steps he planned on taking.  He provided frequent and timely updates as well as reminders when important deadlines were coming up.  Ultimately, despite some resistance from the city, Mr. Weinstein got our case dismissed.  We will definitely recommend him to anyone who might need legal representation."


Susan C. & Kris C., Los Angeles Clients


"Thank you and your firm for providing me with highest level of professional legal counsel available.  The advice and representation I received throughout the very difficult process was everything I hoped for and everything you promised me since day one. You were supremely responsive and persistent, you went above and beyond. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."


Ariann A., Ventura County Client


“One of the most impressive things Seth brought to the table was his overall work ethic. From day 1, Seth went above and beyond to make my experience less stressful by breaking down all of the legal logistics that can be very daunting and confusing to someone like me with very limited legal knowledge. In addition, I never questioned his reliability because he always followed up when he said he would or earlier, and he came back prepared to move to the next step. Seth’s dedication to his clients is clear and I would recommend him to anyone in need of legal assistance.”

Chelsea L., Culver City Client


“Seth Weinstein is an attorney who truly cares about each client. For Seth, it is about helping clients reach their goals. Seth is thorough and aggressive in his pursuit of achieving success for his clients. The bottom line is if you want a trustworthy attorney at your side fighting for you, then Seth is your best bet. Seth has given me nothing but great legal advice, including how to save me money. How many attorneys would do that? He has not only been the consummate attorney, but also a friend who truly cared about my well being in court. A great legal advisor and cherised friend, attorney Seth Weinstein is second to none.”


Leo S., Los Angeles Client


"Seth Weinstein is a prime example of what a lawyer should be. He is personable, professional and empathetic. He was upfront and explained every step in detail which allowed for proper expectations, this was invaluable. Seth is my lawyer for life."


Sebastian R., Los Angeles Client


“Seth Weinstein helped me with a hearing at the DMV with excellent results. Thanks to Seth, the DMV reinstated my driving privilege within weeks of the hearing. He charged a very reasonable rate, worked extremely hard for me and was a consummate professional.  He is a good man and a great attorney and I recommend him whole-heartedly."


Akbar M., Los Angeles Client


I have had a couple of friends in trouble and when they call me I tell them their very next call should be to call Seth Weinstein. Seth is very prompt to respond to their requests for legal representation. Whenever we have questions, he  explains all possibilities for the case. He has done excellent work for all of us. We have never been disappointed. My friends and I will never use another business lawyer for any legal issue.


Julian D., Los Angeles Client


"If you have a problem, call Seth. He is quick, efficient  and practical in resolving all legal issues. He will get to the bottom of the matter quickly saving you time and money. He is extremely knowledgeable and also quite reasonable compared to other lawyers. Seth makes it a pleasure to deal with a lawyer. 5 star rating."


Robert T., Los Angeles Client


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ATTORNEY TESTIMONIALS


"Seth Weinstein is one of the top professional licensing attorneys in California.  I often refer clients who have potential licensing issues to Seth for consultations as well as representation on matters before licensing boards when applicable.  As a DUI and Criminal defense attorney, many of my clients are nurses, doctors and teachers, but I know his expertise extends far beyond that to include licensing issues for contractors, day-cares and business license defense to name a few. 


In situations where I referred my clients to Seth regarding their professional licensing issue, I have asked them to let me know how things went.  The reports have come back that Seth is straight forward and reasonable when dealing with clients, and knowledgeable and steadfast when handling professional license cases.  I couldn’t agree more.  I highly recommend Seth Weinstein to assist or handle professional licensing matters."


Phil Hache, Sherman Oaks Criminal Defense Attorney


"Seth is a dedicated advocate with an exceptional knowledge of Administrative Law. I have referred clients to him in the past with great results, and I will not hesitate to refer to him again. Seth is an honest, ethical, and hard-working attorney. He fights for his clients to achieve the best results."


Marina Ayzenstein, Woodland Hills Family Law Attorney


"Seth Weinstein is one of my most trusted and valued colleagues.  He is the first person I turn to for advice with my own criminal defense cases, and the first person I refer my clients to when they are facing professional licensure/certification problems. Seth is diligent, knowledgeable, and above all practical.  He has a working knowledge of how cases actually get filed, handled, and how they resolve.  Most importantly, he is always courteous and professional. I have never seen him cut someone off short or fail to listen to, and respond to, every concern -- whether it's a client, colleague, or opposing counsel. Seth is the best!"


Nadja Habinek, Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney


"Seth is an exceptionally hardworking, honest and knowledgable professional license defense attorney. He is a zealous advocate for his clients, and always ensures his clients and their needs come first.  It is comforting to know that I can recommend his services to my clients in need of his services, and I will continue to do so with confidence."


Aree Shahparnia, Sherman Oaks Family Law Attorney


"What makes for a stand-out attorney is passion. People can tell immediately when an attorney is passionate about their clients’ cases, passionate about their job and passionate about the law. Passion is something of which Seth possesses an abundance. Seth’s ability to handle everything from the simple to complex of criminal law cases stems from his broad knowledge of the law. I would recommend anyone in the Southern California area who needs representation in the administrative law area to contact Seth. He has the skill, knowledge and zeal to confidently handle cases and he provides clients with white-glove service along the way. Truly one of the best."


Maxwell Briskman Stanfield, California & Pennsylvania Corporate Attorney


“Seth is my go to guy in California when any of my clients need legal representation on the west coast. He possesses the knowledge and skills to effectively represent his clients.”


Steve Roach, Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney


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