Administrative Hearing Defense Lawyers

Administrative Hearing Defense Lawyers

If you work in the medical profession, you are governed by a strict code of ethics, along with some stringent state and federal laws. But in addition to this, healthcare professionals must also answer to administrative bodies that oversee their practice niche.

Finding yourself accused of wrongdoing can be a frightening experience as a medical professional, since you stand to lose your reputation, your medical license and the career that you’ve worked so hard to establish. But the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass are familiar with the complex administrative procedural laws, which means that our legal team is well-positioned to represent you at a state or federal administrative hearing.

Administrative hearings lawyers can provide assistance if you have been accused of violations of the law or professional practice standards. In addition to handling cases before the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH), defense attorneys with our firm will also represent you before the HIPDB or NPDB, amongst others. We also have many years of experience assisting to defend you from allegations of a controlled substances-related violation.

Based in Plano, Texas, the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass are here to provide you with a free and confidential case consultation session. We work with a broad range of medical professionals, including physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and many others. Call (469) 291-0940.

Questions and Concerns Regarding Administrative Hearings Defense for Medical Professionals

As a healthcare professional, you have invested a great deal of time and effort getting an education and refining the skills you need to provide exceptional care. An allegation or claim that results in an administrative hearing can threaten all of this, ultimately resulting in license suspension, revocation or even criminal charges.

It’s understandable that you may have lots of different questions and concerns, so our legal team has compiled an overview of a few common inquiries that we address.

How Do Administrative Hearing Work?

Administrative Hearing Defense LawyersAdministrative hearings are typically held via the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). At the SOAH, administrative law judges (ALJs) conduct hearings for cases that are referred by approximately 50 state agencies and governmental entities, including a number of different medical and healthcare-related boards.

The SOAH administrative hearing process begins when formal charges are filed. This may occur if an allegation has been leveled against a medical professional and a solution cannot be reached through an informal resolution process.

An attorney representing the board in question (such as the Texas Medical Board) will act in the role of a prosecutor. The case is heard by an administrative law judge (ALJ) at an SOAH proceeding.

The SOAH hearing is conducted in a manner that is similar to the procedure that would be used for a criminal trial, with both sides presenting witnesses and evidence. The primary difference is that there is no jury; just the ALJ.

In some cases, the ALJ has the authority to issue the final decision. But, in the majority of cases, the final decision is made by a person within the state agency or by the board or commission that referred the matter to SOAH. So in a case that’s referred by the Texas Medical Board, the matter may be referred back to the board to make the final ruling.

After the case is presented by both the medical professional (and your attorney) and the “prosecutor” representing the Board, the ALJ makes a proposed finding that either identifies a violation of the law or they may find that there is no evidence that a violation has occurred.

If the ALJ finds a violation, the State Board will decide what sanctions should be imposed. Depending upon the nature of the allegations, a number of different penalties or sanctions may be imposed, including but not limited to the suspension or revocation of the professional’s license.

Once the board enters a final order, the respondent may appeal the decision to a District Court.

Who is the Administrative Law Judge?

The administrative law judge is a seasoned attorney who will conduct pre-hearing conferences, issue pre-hearing orders, and the ALJ will serve in the role of a judge, moderating and overseeing the course of the hearing. The ALJ also serves as the jury, ultimately making a determination as to whether there has been a violation of the state law.

In SOAH proceedings, the ALJ presides and listens to the parties’ evidence. After the hearing, the ALJ will consider the evidence and write a Proposal for Decision that recommends an outcome or resolution for the matter at hand.

How Can an Administrative Hearings Defense Lawyer Help Me?

The administrative hearings defense attorney will work to present your case in a clear and compelling manner, maximizing your chances of seeing a positive outcome to the case.

In many cases, if you retain a medical defense lawyer’s services early in the process, your attorney can often help you to resolve the matter via an informal mediation session. Mediation is a cooperative process that gives parties an opportunity to seek an agreed resolution. It is important to have legal counsel help you negotiate a mediated settlement, because state laws and regulations determine what may or may not be decided in mediation. What’s more, your attorney is an experienced negotiator, giving you an edge in this regard as well.

Once the matter goes before the SOAH for an administrative hearing, a defense lawyer’s services become increasingly important because your medical license and the future of your career could quite literally be at stake! With so much on the line, it’s important that you have a professional and strategic defense attorney working hard on your side.

Our Medical Defense Lawyers Will Offer a Highly Strategic Defense at Administrative Hearings

Administrative Hearing Defense LawyersDefense lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass are available to assist healthcare professionals throughout the United States.

The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass were founded by Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass, a well-respected attorney with over 20 years in practice. He is also a former U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG) and he has received an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

A member of the Health Law Section of the Texas State Bar, Attorney Grass can serve as your most important ally as you work to defend yourself, your reputation and your career.

Learn for yourself why the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass have earned a reputation as some of the most well-respected medical licensing defense attorneys in the United States. We invite you to contact us to schedule a confidential, no-cost case consultation by calling (469) 291-0940.

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Olivia

My name is Olivia. I am an African American, military trained, Licensed Practical Nurse. I have been employed, as an L.P.N. over 18 years, in the Critical and Acute Care Environment(s). As all nurses know, at times, we can be put in precarious situations. I live in Arizona and hold a license from another Compact State. I was put in one of those situations. It was imperative that I obtain sound and competent Legal Counsel. I found all that, and more, in Mr. Jeffery Grass! His contact information was obtained via his website. I emailed him about my problem and he immediately contacted me. Mr. Grass listened to my situation and immediately took action. He was VERY knowledgeable, straightforward, honest, aggressive and ENCOURAGING. If you are a practicing medical professional in need of aggressive, knowledgeable and honest legal representation, I HIGHLY recommend Attorney Jeffery C. Grass. Mr. Grass, words cannot even begin to express my appreciation for all that you have done and are doing.

Olivia

Deborah

As my attorney Jeff Grass literally turned the light back on in my career! I can still scarcely believe how Jeff Grass were able to cancel the NPDB report and change my reference at the job of my incident into a favorable comment. I would highly recommend Jeff Grass to any of my colleagues out there that have also experienced serious ramifications to their career as the result of a publicized report written and reported through an employer, co-worker, peer and so on. I have been looking for an attorney for years that handles these matters. Jeff Grass was and is the first and only attorney I found specializing in this field. During those years I was not too hopeful as the NPDB ?rules? of reporting and removing reports is ?grim.? They would have you believe it will never come off.

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M. Hyder

I highly recommend Jeffrey Grass if you are dealing with Texas Medical Board. Initially I was very worried and confused with language used by the TMB. However, once I contacted Mr Grass, he guided me through the whole process. I did not have to contact TMB anymore as he took care of everything. He periodically kept me informed about the investigation during the long tedious process of TMB and always provided me very valuable advice of what to expect. Before the ISC meeting in Austin, I was so nervous. Jeffrey Grass met me early in the morning of ISC meeting and went over the process again and calmed my nerves. During the ISC meeting I was very confident and the meeting went well. I received a better result than I expected. From what I learned that when it comes to TMB you need a lawyer on you side and there no one better than J. Grass. Mr. Grass has experience with TMB which was very much evident during my whole process. Everybody seemed to know Mr Grass at TMB. Lastly Mr. Grass also helped me with other State Licensees also. Thank You J. Grass!

M. Hyder

S. Zamora

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S. Zamora

Ukana B.

The Texas Medical Board could very well pass as the most unfriendly Physician board in the US. So when you have a case with the board it is always advisable to go with an attorney who knows not just the rudiments of the Law but also the way the TMB works. In handling my problem with the Licensing Committee of the TMB, Mr Grass not only foretold the probable outcome of the case, he also built confidence in me as well as guided my defense professionally. I am happy with the outcome and would not hesitate to recommend the Law Office of Mr Jeffery Grass to anyone in trouble especially with the Texas Medical Board.

Ukana B.

Michael A.

There once was a time when it was considered human to make a mistake. Even doctors made mistakes and could admit it, without fear of losing their patients or their often lifelong dedication and devotion to the practice of medicine. Mr. Grass understands what we in the medical profession go through to earn our licenses to practice; his father was a physician. Perhaps even more important though, Mr. Grass understands that anyone who is human can, and will at some point, make a mistake. I did, and fortunately for me Jeffrey Grass was there to literally lift me up to the realization that I can go on and continue with my lifelong dream. I would not trust anyone else to represent me.

Michael A.

Robert W.

Life is struggle. Medical boards can be draconian - unfeeling, uncaring, unknowing, ensconced in ivory towers with their ideas of "the way things ought to be". Bureaucrats and technocrats in all those acronymic agencies or hospitals LIKE having power over our lives. Sometimes "stuff happens", somebody has a bad outcome, and their families feel the need to blame someone else. Clerks can make simple mistakes that have profound implications on our lives. Some people are just greedy, and vicious as well. Life may be struggle. Life may be difficult, especially for those of us who are actually out there in the trenches, doing our best to help others, not realizing that there are snakes and ditches out there just waiting for us to wander by, especially those of us who have no idea of what to do after we fall in one of those ditches or get bitten by the snakes. Jeff Grass DOES know what to do. He has helped me immeasurably with my struggles and difficulties. He has helped both my wife and me not just with our legal problems but with our fears and anxieties with good advice, good direction, and good actions. He is not just a Marine, he is more like a Marine sniper who knows just where to place his shots to work miracles. Not only that, he is available. And you get his attention when you need it, not when it's merely convenient. Got a problem with, well, just about anything? Why go anywhere else? Call Jeff Grass - he will "git 'er done".

Robert W.

Mauricio G.

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Mauricio G.

Miranda R.

Jeffrey Grass provided great insight into legal matters that physicians encounter regarding hospital politics and patient care. He was essential in protecting my interests as a new physician starting a practice in a high risk environment. I am grateful to him for protecting me and everything I worked so hard to achieve.

Miranda R.

Murthy B.

Mr. Jeffrey Grass represented a large group of physicians in South Texas. I commend him for being on the side of the physicians and the community. He was able to get us support from various medical societies and others. He was very thorough and communicated the progress well to us. I highly recommend him as an attorney of integrity.

Murthy B.

Testimonials

My name is Olivia. I am an African American, military trained, Licensed Practical Nurse. I have been employed, as an L.P.N. over 18 years, in the Critical and Acute Care Environment(s). As all nurses know, at times, we can be put in precarious situations. I live in Arizona and hold a license from another Compact State. I was put in one of those situations. It was imperative that I obtain sound and competent Legal Counsel. I found all that, and more, in Mr. Jeffery Grass! His contact information was obtained via his website. I emailed him about my problem and he immediately contacted me. Mr. Grass listened to my situation and immediately took action. He was VERY knowledgeable, straightforward, honest, aggressive and ENCOURAGING. If you are a practicing medical professional in need of aggressive, knowledgeable and honest legal representation, I HIGHLY recommend Attorney Jeffery C. Grass. Mr. Grass, words cannot even begin to express my appreciation for all that you have done and are doing.

- Olivia

Plano, TX