Administrative Law

Handling administrative cases in front of the following Ohio boards and agencies:  

      •   the Accountancy Board
      •   the Chiropractic Board
      •   the Counselor and Social Workers' Board
      •   the Embalmers and Funeral Directors' Board
      •   the Health Department
      •   the Medical Board
      •   the Nursing Board
      •   the Pharmacy Board
      •   and more

Your rights

When the government proposes to take action against an individual, it must give him or her notice of what it is proposing to do and it must provide an opportunity to respond.  For administrative proceedings, this notice is typically called a "notice of an opportunity for a hearing."  That notice affords the individual an opportunity to request an administrative hearing to challenge what the government is proposing.  At that hearing, the individual will have the right to present evidence (testimony, documents, etc) to support and defend his or her position.  He or she will also have the opportunity to make legal arguments and the right to challenge the evidence and arguments being made by the government.

Settlements

Administrative cases can often be settled without going to a hearing.  This will save time, effort, and money.  A knowledgeable attorney can help you achieve the best possible settlement and can help you understand the terms of a settlement agreement before you sign.  Note: If an agency gives you a notice of an opportunity for a hearing, you should always timely request a hearing even if you think your case can be settled.   Requesting the hearing protects your rights.  There will be time to explore settlement later.

Hiring an attorney

When people find themselves in an administrative matter against the government, they often wonder whether they need an attorney.  While there are some exceptions, a person can represent himself or herself.  However, this is not a wise choice.

Whether the process involves a settlement or litigation, attorneys have training and experience in such matters that cannot be acquired overnight. Simply put, persons without formal training and experience in the law almost never fare as well as those represented by knowledgeable attorneys.  The State will be well represented in its case against you.  You should be well represented also.

When choosing an attorney, be sure to hire one with experience in the area of law you are dealing with.  All too often, people pick an attorney because he or she works nearby or is a “friend of the family.”  But those things will not affect the outcome of your case - and improving your case should be your greatest concern.

My experience

I am an Ohio State Bar Association certified specialist in the area of administrative law.  Prior to being in private practice, I worked as an assistant attorney general where I represented the State in administrative proceedings.  This gave me valuable insight and experience in matters like yours.  This experience has proved very useful in both settling and litigating cases.

I have handled cases in front of many administrative agencies including:  the Ohio Medical Board, the Ohio Accountancy Board, the Ohio Nursing Board, the Ohio Board of Health, the Ohio Counselor and Social Workers' Board, the Ohio Chiropractic Board, the Ohio Pharmacy Board, the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, and more.

If you are experiencing an administrative law matter, call me now for a free initial consultation at 330-321-4305.

Copyright 2014, JJL