Medical & Professional License Defense Attorneys
Investigations against professionals and legal issues in practice can be difficult to manage.
Whether you are facing an administrative investigation, difficulty obtaining a license, peer review, or legal issues in your professional practice, let us help you navigate this difficult situation.
A healthcare license or other professional license can be your gateway to a stable career, financial security, and a meaningful life, spent helping others. It is more than a piece of paper. It represents your hard work and your family’s future. If your livelihood is threatened by an administrative investigation, substance abuse issues, mental health issues, a criminal arrest/conviction, or if you have been contacted by legal authorities, you need the experienced medical license defense attorneys at McDonald, Mackay, Porter & Weitz, LLP.
Types of Medical & Professional License Defense
Our Texas professional license defense attorneys are familiar with an array of healthcare and professional licenses in Texas, and we can help if you are being investigated or dealing with legal issues in your practice. We have worked with clients locally, nationally, and internationally for issues before Texas regulatory agencies.
Physician License Defense
We can help with medical licensing, renewals, peer review proceedings, and Texas Medical Board investigations. If you have a Texas medical license and it is at risk, you need someone by your side to make sure your reputation and career are protected.
Nursing License Defense
The Texas Board of Nursing handles licensing and investigations against licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), registered nurses (RNs), and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). We can help you deal with disciplinary issues/complaints, license applications, renewals, and peer review. We understand the value of your license and will work to protect it.
Dental License Defense
The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners handles licensing and complaints against dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and others with dental licenses. We can help with disciplinary proceedings and other public actions.
Pharmacist License Defense
The Texas State Board of Pharmacy handles license and registration for pharmacists, interns, technicians, and other related professions in the pharmaceutical field. They also take complaints that can lead to investigations.
Physician Assistant License Defense
The Texas Physician Assistant Board issues licenses to physician assistants (PAs) and handles investigations when complaints are made. We can help with licensing, renewal, or any threat to your license. Our attorneys have long been involved with PA regulation since early licensing and the establishment of the existing Board.
Acupuncturist License Defense
The Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners handles licensing, renewals, and complaints for acupuncturists in the state. Common issues you may face involve difficulty obtaining a temporary license, denial of your application, or complaints against you. Our attorneys are familiar with the Acupuncture Board and the issues facing acupuncturists.
Psychologist License Defense
The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists issues licenses and regulates the practice of psychology in the state. They also handle reports of fraud and complaints against licensees.
Licensed Professional Counselor License Defense
The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors is a division of the Texas Department of State Health and Human Services. If you are seeking a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) license or renewal, we can help. We can also assist with complaints against you or challenges to your license.
Marriage and Family Therapist License Defense
Licensing and renewals through the Texas State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists are now handled by the Health and Human Services Commission. If you are facing a complaint or issue with your license, our professional license defense attorneys can help.
Veterinarian License Defense
If you have a veterinarian license through the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, we can help with licensing and renewal issues, as well as disciplinary actions. An experienced professional license lawyer can walk you through the Board’s processes.
Common Issues We Handle
Practicing professionals can be confronted with several issues during their careers. Seeking a healthcare or professional license can be exciting. However, if there any red flags in your past, you may face difficulty moving forward. License renewal is often seen as a routine endeavor, but reporting criminal or compliance issues since you were last renewed can be difficult. Complicated legal matters come up while in practice, and you may need assistance dealing with an ongoing case or contractual obligations. Many situations lead to needing legal advice when dealing with a medical or professional license issue.
Our Texas professional license defense attorneys can help with:
- Professional Licensing
- Criminal History Evaluations
- Licensing Renewal
- HIPAA Violations
- Professional Misconduct
- Professional License Suspensions
- Reporting DUIs to Professional Boards
- Defense Against Complaints
- Disciplinary Proceedings
- Informal Settlement Conferences
- Show Compliance Proceedings
- Applicable Standards of Care
- Record Keeping
- Practice Closure
- Boundary Violations
- Non-Therapeutic Prescribing Issues
- Modification and Termination of Orders
- Policy and Procedure Creation
- Hospital and Medical Society Peer Review
- National Practitioner Data Bank Reporting
- Contested Administrative Hearings
- Assistance with Depositions
- Responses to Subpoenas
- Impairment/Substance Abuse Interventions
- Record Requests
- Patient Complaints
- Controlled Substances Certificates and Registration
- Provider and Vendor Contracts
Hiring a Medical & Professional License Defense Attorney in an Investigation
Investigations can be scary. They often involve authorities that have power over your professional license and one decision can change your life. If you are facing any challenge to your license, you should seek the assistance of a medical and professional license defense attorney.
We can help if you’re facing:
Administrative agencies can have complex investigation processes. They typically start by taking your statement and gathering information from your employer, clients, and patients. They may alert everyone that you are under investigation, and you may lose business even if their accusations are untrue. You need someone who can help protect your reputation from the moment an administrative investigation begins.
If you have been arrested or are facing a criminal proceeding by the police or other law enforcement entity, you need the assistance of an experienced attorney to protect your rights and future. While you need a criminal attorney to protect your freedom, you also need to coordinate any plea agreements with an administrative lawyer to protect your license and career.
Assistance with HIPAA Violations
The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires health care professionals to protect the privacy of patient records and health information. You must provide patients with a HIPAA privacy notice, and follow processes that protect their information. In addition to HIPAA, Texas medical professionals must adhere to the Texas Medical Records Privacy Act, which is broader in scope. Professionals must have mandatory training to meet the Act’s requirements. If you are confronted with a HIPAA violation, you may face severe civil and criminal penalties including hefty fines and possible imprisonment.
Our experienced lawyers can help you deal with an accusation related to HIPAA or the Texas Medical Records Privacy Act. Such accusations are often made with little knowledge of the related state and federal laws. We will help you protect your license and your future.
Legal Assistance for Issues During Practice
Occasionally, there may be issues that you need to address in the course of your practice that necessitate legal advice from an experienced attorney. We have previously helped countless professionals with questions, including those related to contracts, subpoenas, and reporting requirements.
Contact a Medical & Professional License Defense Attorney Today
McDonald, Mackay, Porter & Weitz, LLP has worked with a multitude of professionals before the various regulatory agencies in the State of Texas. We are familiar with their licensing requirements and procedures. Our medical license defense attorneys understand what you are going through, and we will work with you to develop a plan to deal with the issues you are facing.
Contact us today to find out how we can help you.