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Baton Rouge Administrative Law Attorney

Government agencies have considerable influence over small businesses in Baton Rouge, as laws and regulations can significantly impact the operations of local businesses. However, when these agencies act outside of their legal bounds or fail to uphold a business’s legal rights, business owners can be harmed immensely. In order to protect your business against these practices and ensure your rights are protected, you need to hire a Baton Rouge administrative law lawyer.

The many complex, minute details of administrative law require an attorney who has handled the practice area extensively. Without one, individual professionals stand to lose their licenses and businesses stand to lose their operating licenses. From my law office in Baton Rouge, I serve clients throughout Louisiana with a range of administrative legal issues.

Protecting Your Professional Or Business License Tenaciously

I represent clients in a vast range of professions or businesses requiring licensure compliance on a state or national level. Some of my clients are owner-operated businesses, small to medium business owners and professionals subject to state licensure and licensing boards, including but not limited to:

  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Real estate agents
  • Beauticians
  • Pharmacologists
  • Nurses
  • Insurance agents and brokers
  • Dieticians
  • Personal trainers
  • Accountants
  • Contractors

Many people receive sudden notice that they have inadvertently violated an obscure regulation and, before they can even respond, receive civil fines, sanctions, cease and desists, and even license suspensions. These actions can threaten your very livelihood and can be terrifying and overwhelming. In licensing proceedings, I know how to cut through the red tape of bureaucracy to find out exactly what is going on and take the practical steps to resolve it – fast.

What Does Administrative Law Deal With?

Administrative law is an area of law that deals with the activities performed by administrative agencies of the government. It encompasses the public laws, regulations, and procedures that these agencies are required to follow. Administrative law lawyers play a crucial role in holding these agencies responsible by ensuring they act within the bounds of their legal authority. These governmental agencies operate very differently from the court system. An administrative law attorney knows the unique requirements of these procedures.

Administrative law attorneys can help businesses take legal action against those who have violated their rights under these regulations. When an individual or business is adversely affected by an agency’s actions, a qualified and experienced administrative law lawyer can help them through the legal process of finding a resolution. It’s important to understand and defend your rights in these situations and know that you can protect your business.

What Elements Fall Under Administrative Law?

Government agencies engage in a wide range of activities and processes under administrative law. These include the agencies’ rules and regulations and impact businesses most often in:

Enforcement. Agencies maintain the authority to enforce these regulations, including enacting fines, sanctions, and other penalties for violations of these laws and regulations. An attorney understands how these penalties work and can help you resolve agency enforcement before it further affects your business.

Adjudication. Administrative law judges will preside over hearings aimed at resolving disputes between government agencies and individuals, businesses, or other private parties.

When governmental agencies overstep their authority or otherwise harm your business, you need a skilled legal advisor to stand up for your interests.

How Can an Administrative Law Lawyer Help?

In protecting small to medium businesses, an administrative law lawyer can provide a wide range of services, helping business owners navigate the complex laws and regulations associated with government administration. As your administrative law lawyer, I can provide the following:

Licensing assistance. I can assist with license and permit applications, renewals, and legal compliance in order for your business to legally maintain operability.

Licensing suspension proceedings. There are many legal issues that can threaten an individual or business’s professional license. I can represent you in administrative hearings with the relevant state, local, or federal agencies.

Representation. When engaging in any proceedings with government agencies, such as hearings, appeals, and adjudications, I can represent your business. If you are facing disputes or enforcement actions, let me provide you with comprehensive representation and assist in dispute resolution.

I have more than 20 years of experience in law, and I understand the needs of small to midsize business owners in administrative hearings. As your administrative attorney, I can provide you with the detailed legal information you need, answer your questions about the proceedings, and help you and your business maintain compliant operations.

Ultimately, as a qualified and experienced administrative law lawyer, I can guide you through each legal process, protecting your interests, ensuring compliance in all matters, and helping to mitigate potential risks.

How Can a Government Agency Violate Administrative Law?

Government agencies can be found in violation of administrative law for failing to adhere to legal or constitutional standards, committing procedural errors, or overstepping their authority. For example, an agency may be in violation of administrative law if it:

  • Revokes a business license without providing the business owner a hearing.
  • Enforces a regulation without publishing it for public comment.
  • Imposes a fine on a company for a safety regulation based on criteria they did not disclose.
  • Terminating a contract without providing adequate chances to respond to an allegation.

When these severe violations occur, an individual or business can be severely affected to the point of being unable to continue operating. This is unfair to a business, and these agencies must be held accountable for their mistakes and deliberate violations.

In addition to these common violations, a government agency may be found in violation of administrative law for many other potential issues. Your rights as a business may have been impacted without your knowledge. It is important to discuss your case with a qualified and experienced administrative law lawyer. At The Cross Law Firm, I can help you determine in what ways an agency may have been in violation in their dealings with you.

How Do I File an Administrative Law Claim?

If a government agency has violated administrative law, you can pursue an administrative law claim against them to seek remedy, or pursue an action in court. With the help of your lawyer, you can take the following steps:

Identifying the violation. First, you must identify the specific action or decision by the agency that violated administrative law. An experienced attorney will be an incredible asset in helping you determine how and where these laws were violated. I can review your unique business or individual situation to understand what action has occurred against your license or business.

Reviewing procedure. Before you can take legal action, you must review the particular agency’s process for addressing complaints or disputes, including appeals and requests for review. Some jurisdictions will require that you exhaust all possible administrative remedies before you can file a lawsuit.

Requesting an administrative hearing. If the agency does not resolve your issue after review or through reconsideration, you can then pursue an administrative hearing before an administrative law judge, and in some instances file a lawsuit. Whichever is the appropriate forum, I can help you challenge the agency’s actions by presenting evidence and arguing your case.

Following the hearing, either the judge or the agency will issue a final decision. At this point, the agency may revise its decision, take corrective action, or cease any unlawful practice.

Appealing decisions. If an agency’s final decision was not in your favor, you could appeal to a higher court to review the decision. I can help you determine if an appeal is the right choice for your unique case. Generally, filing this appeal involves filing an administrative law case against the agency in court. The court may either affirm the agency’s actions, return the case back to the agency for further review, or reverse the agency’s previous decision if it finds they acted unlawfully. A skilled attorney is essential for this process.

Following these steps requires strict adherence to procedural requirements and time limits. For this reason, working closely with a qualified and skilled lawyer is crucial.

Advocating For You At Hearings Of All Kinds

Attending a hearing before a regulatory board is intimidating. I will walk you through the entire process beforehand so you understand what to expect. At the hearing, I make a persuasive presentation, ensuring that the board comprehends your side of the story. I can challenge the department, agency or board’s initial decision through an appeal, and, if necessary, through civil litigation. Most regulatory agency board offices are located in Baton Rouge, giving me easy proximity to attend a hearing with you.

My fees for Administrative Hearing services are offered on a flat fee basis to help you avoid surprise costs. I can also help you determine whether insurance coverage may be available for the administrative proceedings.

Get My Protection For Your License Today

When you need an experienced ally for an administrative legal challenge, I am here for you. With my value-based flat fee structure, you receive outstanding quality of counsel while also minimizing your expenses. I also provide free consultations. To contact me, please call 225-325-0266 or send me an email.

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