California Administrative Law Attorney
California requires an occupational or professional license for many occupations and professions. There are dozens of state regulatory agencies, boards, bureaus and departments that issue and regulate occupational and professional licenses. The Administrative Law system in California allows state regulatory agencies, boards, bureaus and departments investigatory, hearing and enforcement power over occupational and professional licensees.
The filing of formal disciplinary proceedings begins with an Accusation. An Accusation contains the formal charges against the licensee, known in the Accusation as the respondent. The respondent normally has the right to request a hearing on the charges in front of an Administrative Law Judge employed by the California Office of Administrative Hearings. However, some California regulatory entities conduct their own hearings.
Most regulatory entities are represented in administrative law matters by the California Attorney General’s Office, although several agencies employ their own staff attorneys. Prior to the hearing, it is often possible to enter into a settlement with the administrative regulatory entity and Attorney General’s Office, known as a Stipulated Agreement.
If the matter proceeds to hearing, the Administrative Law Judge, or ALJ, issues a Proposed Decision. The California regulatory agency can then adopt the Proposed Decision, overturn the Proposed Decision or modify the Proposed Decision. If the respondent is not satisfied with the regulatory entity’s final decision, the licensee can file a Petition for Reconsideration with the respective California administrative agency, board, bureau or department. The respondent can also file a Writ of Mandamus, or Writ of Mandate, in Superior Court.
We represent businesses and individuals with occupational and professional licenses before the California Office of Administrative Hearings and the following California regulatory agencies, boards, bureaus and departments: Agricultural Labor Relations Board, Air Resources Board, Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists, Board of Accountancy, Board of Acupuncture, Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, Board of Behavioral Sciences, Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Board of Equalization, Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, Board of Optometry, Board of Pharmacy, Board of Podiatric Medicine, Board of Registered Nursing, Board of Vocational Nursing, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, Bureau of Automotive Repair, Bureau of Electronics and Appliance Repair, Bureau of Real Estate, Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, California Architects Board, California Athletic Commission, California Board of Occupational Therapy, California Board of Psychology, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, California Department of Industrial Relations, California Department of Motor Vehicles, California Department of Social Services, California Energy Commission, California Environmental Protection Agency, California Film Commission, California Gambling Control Commission, Horse Racing Board, California Massage Therapy Council, California State Lottery Commission, California Veterinary Medical Board, Cemetery and Funeral Bureau, Contractors State License Board, Court Reporters Board of California, Dental Board of California, Department of Business Oversight, Department of Health Care Services, Department of Insurance, Department of Managed Health Care, Department of Pesticide Regulation, Department of Public Health, Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Division of Boating and Waterways, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), Fair Employment and Housing Commission, Franchise Tax Board, Medical Board of California, Osteopathic Medical Board of California, Physical Therapy Board of California, Physician Assistant Board, Professional Fiduciaries Bureau, Public Utilities Commission, Respiratory Care Board, Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board, State Mining and Geology Board, State Water Resources Control Board, Structural Pest Control Board and Telephone Medical Advice Services Bureau.
If you are facing an administrative investigation of hearing before a California regulatory agency, board, bureau or department, contact Administrative Law attorney Seth Weinstein at (310) 707-7131.
We assist California occupational and professional licensees in defending their licenses before California administrative licensing agencies, boards, bureaus and departments in Alameda, Bakersfield, Beverly Hills, Chico, Concord, Contra Costa County, Cupertino, Davis, El Centro, Escondido, Eureka, Fontana, Fremont, Fresno, Hanford, Hayward, Hemet, Hollywood, Humboldt County, Imperial County, Indio, Kern County, Lancaster, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin County, Mendocino, Merced, Modesto, Monterey, Mountain View, Murrieta, Napa, Oakland, Oceanside, Ontario, Orange County, Oxnard, Palm Springs, Palmdale, Palo Alto, Paso Robles, Perris, Placerville, Rancho Cucamonga, Redding, Richmond, Riverside, Roseville, Sacramento, Salinas, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin County, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara County, Santa Clarita, Santa Cruz, Santa Maria, Santa Monica, Santa Rosa, Simi Valley, Stockton, Sunnyvale, Temecula, Thousand Oaks, Tracy, Truckee, Tulare, Turlock, Vacaville, Vallejo, Ventura County, Victorville, Visalia, Vista, Walnut Creek, West Hollywood, and Yuba City.