When your professional license is under attack by a state agency or licensing board, you are understandably under a lot of stress. Complaints and subsequent investigations can harm your reputation, and possibly lead to suspension or revocation of your license. Your livelihood and career on are on the line.
Our law firm helps professionals, like you, keep their licenses when those licenses are under attack. At our initial case evaluation many of our clients express the same concerns. Here are answers to five questions we are frequently asked:
I have been notified of a complaint against me, what do I do?
After a licensing board or state agency notifies you of a complaint filed against you it is time to take immediate steps to defend yourself. The complaint process is different with each Texas state licensing board, but generally the first step is responding to the allegations in writing.
We strongly urge you to hire an experienced licensing defense attorney at this early stage. Your initial responses are critical to the ultimate outcome of your case. Also, it is not uncommon that we are able to get a complaint against our client dropped at this initial stage with a strategic, well-crafted initial response to the complaint allegations. To better understand the importance of taking immediate steps to defend yourself and your license, read about some of our case results here.
Now that a complaint has been filed against me, what is going to happen next?
What happens next depends largely on what licensing board you are dealing with. As noted above, the complaint process is different with each Texas state licensing board. In general, the first step after a complaint is filed is that the licensing board will do a preliminary investigation to determine if there is sufficient evidence to show that a violation of state law, ethics, or Board regulations may have occurred. Even in the initial stages of the complaint process, you have the right to an attorney. A knowledgeable license defense attorney can protect your rights and help ensure the best possible outcome in your case.
For more information on the complaint process of specific licensing boards, read our articles:
- Overview of the Texas Medical Board’s Enforcement Process
- Overview of the Texas Board of Nursing’s Complaint Process
- Overview of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy Complaint Process
- Dental License Defense in Texas
- What Are My Legal Options After Receiving A Complaint Notice?
For guidance in your particular case, contact us today to schedule a case evaluation.
Will hiring an attorney make me look guilty?
No. Hiring a professional license defense attorney shows that you are taking the allegations seriously and are ready to fight to protect your career. Moreover, hiring an attorney to help you mount a strong defense to protect your license, reputation, and monetary interests makes you look wise; it does not make you look guilty.
How much does it cost to hire an attorney?
Certainly, hiring an attorney will cost money; however, we encourage you to consider how much it will cost you not to hire an attorney. In some cases, an experienced license defense attorney can help you get a complaint dismissed in the initial stages, saving you time, emotional stress, and attorney’s fees.
Our firm believes that immediately consulting an experienced license defense attorney to review allegations of misconduct helps ensure the most favorable outcome in your case. A license defense attorney can help you save your professional license, livelihood, and career. Lastly, appealing an unfavorable ruling is far more difficult and expensive than defending yourself against allegations from the start.
Why should I hire your law firm?
The attorney at BERTOLINO LLP know how to carefully research every potential case. We know where to look for evidence and how to use that information to build a successful legal strategy. We know federal and state law and we understand how each Texas state licensing board operates. Our firm is prepared to represent you at every stage of the complaint process.
We provide aggressive advocacy for our clients who are facing disciplinary action from a licensing board, agency, or commission in Texas. Our Firm has an impeccable reputation throughout the Lone Star State. Founder and Managing Partner, Tony R. Bertolino holds a 10 Superb top attorney Avvo Rating.
“I was recently asked an interesting question by a prospective client: What distinguishes your law firm from other law firms? And I got to thinking about it and it seems to me there are three things, three distinguishing qualities that I’ve recognized since I’ve begun my own practice. First is the compassion. Secondly is the attentiveness. And thirdly is the aggressiveness.” – Tony R. Bertolino, Founding Attorney
We offer the following free resources:
- The Do’s and Don’ts of Appearing Before the Texas Medical Board (TMB)
- The Do’s and Don’ts of Appearing Before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON)
- The Do’s and Don’ts of Appearing Before the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC)
- Expert Articles
- Newsletter Library
The professional license defense lawyers at BERTOLINO LLP have consistently won significant cases for doctors, nurses, lawyers, architects, pharmacists and other professionals dealing with issues that could jeopardize their ability to work. We know how to build a persuasive case to protect your license – and your livelihood. Our results speak for themselves.
If your professional license is at risk of suspension or revocation, BERTOLINO LLP can help. We represent licensed professionals across the entire State of Texas. Our honest, experienced attorneys will fight aggressively on behalf of your license and reputation. Contact us today or call (512) 717-5432 and schedule a case evaluation.