DON’T GO IT ALONE IF CALLED BEFORE YOUR LICENSING BOARD
If you are a licensed professional practicing in Minneapolis/St. Paul or Greater Minnesota, it’s important to know in advance how to respond if you are contacted in writing or in person by a state licensing board, state or federal regulatory agency, or any investigatory body or representative. The attorneys at Lord & Faris practicing in Minneapolis/St. Paul and Greater Minnesota, have the experience to ensure you are treated fairly in a disciplinary proceeding or investigation. Our 20 years experience with licensed professionals means we are well equipped to guide you through this process.
WHO IS CONSIDERED A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL?
The experienced attorneys at Lord & Faris represent licensed professionals in the medical field that include:
With more than 20 years of experience representing personal injury clients, we have the medical knowledge to understand the issues and the processes medical professionals face when called to appear before a licensing board.
We also represent licensed professionals in other fields that include:
Experience of Lord & Faris Attorneys:
In his capacity as President and CEO of The Clifton Group Investment Management Company and later experience as a trader, attorney Wayne Faris held Series 7, Series 3, and Series 65 licenses from the NASD. His firm was subject to regulation by the SEC, Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.
Attorney, Priscilla Faris is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
AN ACCUSATION OF WRONGDOING WILL BE REPORTED TO YOUR BOARD:
Under Minnesota law, allegations of wrong-doing by a licensed professional must be reported to the relevant licensing board. These allegations may include failure to properly document medical records, the administration of excessive pain medications, billing inaccuracies, taking money from clients trust accounts, fraud, inappropriate relationships with clients/patients, drug or alcohol addiction, tax delinquencies, client/patient neglect/abuse and unprofessional or unethical conduct. Investigations by any licensing review agency are serious matters and adverse findings result in discipline including loss of license, civil penalties or even criminal charges.
If you or someone you know has received a notice to appear before a professional licensing board, tell them to call the experienced legal professionals with the Law Offices of Lord & Faris at 612-333-LORD (5673).
CONSEQUENCES OF BOARD REVIEW:
Too often, dedicated licensed professionals face these boards and the potential for action against their license without the benefit of experienced legal advice and representation. Too often, they also face fines or other serious sanctions, including loss of their license, as a consequence.
DON’T GO IT ALONE.
Why should you hire Lord & Faris to represent you before your Board?
1. We are experienced in representing licensed professionals before their Boards, which means we can focus on providing informed and compassionate guidance throughout the process. Our representation of you spans from an initial consultation and preparation of your response, to representation at the Board hearing, to negotiating with the Board in any post-hearing Stipulation and Consent phase, if necessary.
2. We have been very successful in helping licensed professionals retain their license with no disciplinary action, but we also have experience in negotiating the terms of any disciplinary actions imposed by the Board; ensuring that you get back to your passion and livelihood as quickly as possible.
3. We understand the process, language and dynamic of the many fields of licensed professionals. With our extensive experience in the field of litigation, we can understand even the most complex situations.
4. We are familiar with and have developed a good rapport with those at the Minnesota Professional Boards and the many Assistant Attorneys General who act as the legal representative to the Boards.
5. We have been in the legal business for over 20 years representing clients with complex legal issues.
6. We have extensive experience in dispute and conflict resolution. Our lawyers are also trained mediators.
OUR PROFESSIONAL LICENSE LAWYERS, HAVE THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE, GRIT, AND DETERMINATION
As a former Federal Judge, founding partner, Miles W. Lord, was also known as the “People’s Judge.” He developed a reputation for his concern that all citizens obtain justice regardless of their station in life. These values are reflected by all of the staff at Lord & Faris.
Q. IF I RECEIVE A COMPLAINT AGAINST ME, WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO HIRE A LAWYER?
A. Many licensed professionals assume they will be treated by these agencies as “innocent until proven guilty.” Unfortunately, that has not been the experience of many licensed professionals, whose reputations and ability to earn a living has been dramatically affected by the action of a licensing board or other authority – even if the charges are eventually dropped or disproved. Consequences of inattention to these matters can include loss or suspension of your license, discontinuation of insurance network membership, or exorbitant fines and other financial penalties. If, for example, you are found guilty of improperly billing charges to a medical insurer, you may be required to pay three-and-a-half times the incorrectly billed amount plus the insurer’s attorney’s fees. Just as a lawyer should not practice medicine or accounting without a license to do so, a licensed professional should not practice law. And we all know that a lawyer representing him-self or her-self has a fool for a client. A licensed professional should never defend her/him-self in a legal proceeding when the stakes of livelihood are so great.
Q. IF I RECEIVE A LETTER ALLEGING A COMPLAINT AGAINST ME, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
A. Call Lord & Faris at 612-333-LORD immediately. If you are a licensed professional or practitioner in Minneapolis, St. Paul, or greater Minnesota your livelihood depends on your ability to maintain an active professional license. Let’s face it, the American justice system is complex and difficult to negotiate. State and federal watchdog agencies, the State Attorney General’s Office or the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and even the FBI are aggressive in their pursuit of complaints alleged against licensed professionals accused of wrongdoing.
Q. HOW DO I HIRE THE RIGHT LAWYER?
A. When you’ve been accused of violating a rule or law in your profession, it is important to select a lawyer with the right combination of experience, grit, determination, tenacity and courage to take on the charges and to ensure that you and your case receive fair and just treatment in our courts. Lord & Faris has been working on professional licensing issues since 1985 and we have an established team of expert professionals who work and consult with us.
That is why it is important that you contact a qualified and experienced attorney, like those from Lord & Faris, anytime you receive written notice or correspondence that you, your office, or a staff member in your office are under investigation. Do not ignore this correspondence; it will not go away. Call Lord & Faris at 612-333-LORD.
An attorney at Lord & Faris can help you by:
1. Explaining the accusations and charges against you and their potential consequences.
2. Responding quickly and appropriately.
3. Acting as intermediary between you and the licensing board or other entity.
4. Determining whether insurance will cover the cost of your defense and/or any resulting fines.
5. Representing you at any hearings or other meetings where action is being considered or taken.
RECEIVE THE PERSONAL ATTENTION AND SERVICE YOU NEED FROM LORD & FARIS:
Imagine not having to worry about the details of your claim. To give you the peace of mind you deserve, and to take the anxiety out of defending a claim, we work hard to take over the details of your claim by coordinating every aspect so you can focus on more important matters like health, family and work. Our experience and passion for our clients makes all the difference
If you or someone you know is facing a licensing issue before a professional licensing board, Lord & Faris is here to help. Call 612-333-LORD (5673) for a free consultation.
2 OFFICES TO SERVE YOU BETTER:
Lord & Faris has 2 conveniently located offices in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Lord & Faris has a very experienced staff of lawyers and attorneys, paralegals and expert professionals in your field who work as a team on every case in order to obtain the best outcome. Our experienced professional licensing lawyers will fight for your license.
Our Minneapolis Personal Injury Attorneys are experienced in resolving and litigating issues resulting from a wide variety of injuries, including: