Attorneys for Administrative Hearings
Administrative law covers a wide variety of issues, such as professional licensing or regulatory compliance. Administrative bodies — such as the Medical Board of California, the Board of Registered Nursing, the Board of Pharmacy, the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, the Federal Department of Labor, the Federal Communications Commission, and many more — create administrative regulation and enforce various licensing and insurance statutes and regulations. The primary purpose of these government agencies is to protect the public interest.
While they can often accomplish this goal, these administrative bodies sometimes make mistakes. The administrative hearings attorneys of the Vanegas Law Group have decades of experience representing individuals seeking to oppose or appeal decisions made by these agencies.
Lawyers for Professional Licensing in Walnut Creek, CA
When faced with the possibility of losing your professional license, you may become unable to practice in your chosen field. To protect your livelihood and save the career to which you’ve dedicated yourself, act now by hiring a qualified professional licensing defense attorney. At the Vanegas Law Group, our administrative hearings attorneys have significant experience successfully representing licensed professionals in the Bay Area and beyond at their administrative hearings.
From nurses and doctors to teachers and building contractors, our firm will step up to the plate and defend your ability to remain licensed for many of the following matters:
- Denials of license applications
- Defend licensing from issued citations and accusations
- Actions for the revocation of your license or other discipline
- Substance abuse accusations
- Interim Suspension Orders
- Petitions for reinstatement
- Administrative investigations
Because the numerous licensing boards have their own statutory framework, it takes a careful assessment of your situation and the laws regulating your industry to craft a solid defense on your behalf.
Attorneys of the Vanegas Law Group frequently represent individuals and businesses who appear before these regulatory agencies. Our legal team genuinely understands what is at stake due to these allegations. We aggressively protect your rights and reputation every step of the way and ensure you understand all the legal options you face and their ramifications.
Unemployment Insurance Denials
One of the worst feelings one can experience is being unsure where their next paycheck will come from after being laid off from their job. While California offers unemployment benefits for most workers who lose their jobs, there is no guarantee you will be approved to receive them. Currently, there are two classes of employees who usually can’t obtain these crucial benefits.
Employees That Voluntarily Quit
This first category of unemployed workers who won’t qualify for UI benefits has left their job voluntarily. Of course, some exceptions exist, such as leaving a work environment so hostile that no reasonable person would be required to remain employed there. Proving such constructive termination is quite difficult. In such situations, the unemployment lawyers of the Vanegas Law Group can prove invaluable in fighting a denial of unemployment benefits.
Employees Fired for Just Cause
The other class of employees who usually don’t qualify to receive unemployment benefits are those who were terminated by their companies “for misconduct.” This means that their conduct broke with established policies and that breach was egregious enough to warrant their termination of benefits. Misconduct, in this context, is a term of art and requires careful evaluation of the evidence to be presented to ensure the claimant will receive benefits. Please consult with one of our skilled unemployment attorneys if you received a claim denial due to your alleged misconduct.
CalPERS and CalSTRS Denials
CalPERS or the State of California’s Public Employees Retirement System provides retirement benefits to numerous state and local government employees. The California State Teachers’ Retirement System or CalSTRS provides retirement, disability, and survivor benefits for full-time and part-time California public school educators. Many other government pension programs exist that are primarily built upon the same foundational principles and incorporate the same body of law.
Our firm represents CalPERS and CalSTRS members throughout the Bay Area and beyond in CalPERS and CalSTRS administrative appeals and hearings. We also represent Californians who are enrolled with another government pension program and whose disability application was denied. And, if necessary, our attorneys file writs of mandate to dispute determinations that have reduced or eliminated the entitlement to these benefits. We assist our clients in putting their best case forward at the administrative hearing about their government disability pension benefits. Speak with one of our talented public disability denial lawyers by scheduling a free consultation.
Don’t Go to an Administrative Hearing Alone
If you are involved in a dispute with a federal, state, or local regulatory agency or governmental unit, you would benefit from working with a lawyer to navigate this complicated area of law. The statutes in these areas are often opaque, use numerous cross-references to other statutes, and relevant case law is difficult to locate. The lawyers of Vanegas Law Group are experienced with the interpretations of the statutory language, familiar with the semi-formal setting of the hearing, and have databases of the relevant case law and treatises.
Those seeking to appeal an administrative decision should contact us well ahead of attending a hearing so as to locate their medical and other records and line up testimony of lay and expert witnesses. The administrative law attorneys of Vanegas Law Group will go the extra mile to ensure you receive the benefit you worked so hard for. Contact our administrative hearings attorneys today.