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Professional License Defense Attorneys

We Provide Professional License Defense for Doctors, Nurses, Lawyers, Accountants, Brokers, and Other Professionals

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Attorney Nick OberheidenProfessional License Defense Team Lead
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As a professional, few things matter more than protecting your license. Your license is the foundation of your career and your reputation; and, without it, you can lose everything you’ve worked so hard to build over the years.

But, when facing an investigation or disciplinary action, losing your license can be a very real concern. Licensing authorities will not hesitate to suspend or permanently revoke a professional’s license if doing so appears to be in the public interest. As a result, if you are under investigation or facing allegations of professional misconduct or other professional liability, you need to be prepared to defend your license by all means available.

About Our Professional License Defense Attorneys

At Oberheiden P.C., we provide professional license defense for professionals in all industries. This includes medical professionals, doctors, dentists, nurses, lawyers, legal professionals, certified public accountants, brokers, architects, engineers, real estate agents, insurance agents, real estate agencies, and all other licensed professionals. If you have a professional license and your license is at risk, we can help—but it is important that you contact us promptly.

The lawyers in our professional license defense law firm include former federal prosecutors as well as career defense lawyers who have extensive experience representing licensed professionals in administrative, civil, and criminal defense proceedings. We handle professional licensing matters at the state and federal levels in jurisdictions across the United States. We deal with self-regulatory organizations (SROs) on behalf of our clients as well, and we rely on our extensive experience to provide insightful and forward-thinking legal services and representation focused on protecting our clients’ licenses and professional reputation as cost-effectively as possible.

Along with our defense lawyers, our team also includes expert compliance consultants and former federal agents who have deep investigative experience. In many cases, successfully defending against allegations of professional misconduct involves uncovering the alleger’s own motives and misdeeds. When warranted, we can investigate to gather evidence in support of our clients’ defenses—in conjunction with conducting internal (and attorney-client privileged) reviews and assessments to ensure that we have an accurate and comprehensive understanding of all pertinent details.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden



Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney


Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

Experienced Counsel for All Professional Licensing Matters

Within our professional license defense practice, we defend professionals at all stages of their careers against all types of allegations. When necessary, we assist with reputation management as well, and we can also serve as defense counsel for parallel civil or criminal law enforcement proceedings. Our professional license defense lawyers provide representation for matters including (but not limited to) those involving allegations of:

  • Confidentiality violations (including cybersecurity breaches)
  • Criminal acts
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Ethical violations
  • Fee disputes
  • Fraud
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Marketing and advertising violations
  • Trust fund issues, theft, misappropriation, and related issues
  • Violations of rules of professional conduct

Regardless of why your license is in jeopardy, you cannot afford to take any chances and need an experienced attorney. Our lawyers have the experience necessary to build an effective defense strategy, and we will work with you one-on-one to ensure that we are defending you by all means available.

State Licensing Board Proceedings

For many professionals, including healthcare professionals, protecting their license involves dealing with their state licensing board. We deal with state medical boards, state bar associations, and other state licensing authorities on behalf of our clients at all stages of the disciplinary process. Whenever possible, we play an active role in these authorities’ investigations, as intervening in the investigative process will help to facilitate an efficient and favorable result in many cases. However, we have significant experience representing licensed professionals during hearings and in other formal and informal disciplinary proceedings as well, and we leverage all available opportunities to protect our clients from license suspensions, revocations, and disbarments.

Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) Proceedings

We also represent licensed professionals in disciplinary matters involving SROs. This includes the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), among many others. SROs often impose extensive rules and requirements for licensees and registrants, and violations of these rules and regulations can put professionals’ licenses and registrations—and their careers—in jeopardy. At Oberheiden P.C., we rely on our experience to protect our clients to the fullest extent possible.

Federal Licensing and Registration Matters

We are also one of a limited number of law firms that represent clients in federal licensing and registration matters. These matters are very different from those involving state licensing boards and SROs. The stakes are often much higher, as adverse decisions can not only lead to loss of a targeted professional’s license or registration, but potentially to civil or criminal enforcement action as well. Among other federal agencies, we have particular experience protecting doctors, brokers, and other licensed professionals in matters involving:

  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • U.S. Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Why Choose Oberheiden P.C. for Professional License Defense?

When your professional license is in jeopardy, you need to make an informed decision about your legal representation. So, why should you choose Oberheiden P.C. for professional license defense? Professionals choose us when their license is on the line because:

  • We Have Deep Experience – Our experience speaks for itself. Our lawyers have defended professionals in an extraordinarily wide range of scenarios, protecting their licenses, their finances, and even their freedom.
  • We Have a Deep Team – We have a deep team that is comprised entirely of senior-level attorneys, consultants, and investigators. When you choose Oberheiden P.C. to represent you, every individual working on your defense will have relevant insights to offer.
  • We Get to Work Immediately – When your professional license is on the line, you don’t have time to wait for your defense team to get up to speed. We get to work defending our clients immediately, and we can take action on an emergency basis if necessary to help protect your professional license.
  • We Target Efficient, Favorable, and Quiet Resolutions – In all cases, we focus our efforts on protecting our clients as efficiently and quietly as possible. We focus on protecting not only our clients’ professional licenses, but also their professional reputations.
  • We Also Provide Compliance and Federal Defense Representation – Beyond representing our clients in professional licensing matters, we also serve as compliance counsel, including matters of risk management, and handle federal investigations and prosecutions. As a result, regardless of the severity of your situation, we can provide comprehensive, full-service legal representation.

FAQs: Defending Your Professional License

When can you lose your professional license?

There are numerous issues that can put someone’s professional license in jeopardy. While the specific grounds for license revocation or disbarment vary between licensing boards, SROs, and other licensing authorities, some examples of issues that can put professionals’ licenses in jeopardy include egregious legal malpractice, endangering patients or clients, theft, and criminal conviction of other crimes that negatively reflect on the ability to serve patients or clients in a professional or fiduciary capacity.

Should I hire a lawyer if I am facing professional licensing action?

Yes, if you are facing professional licensing action, you should hire a lawyer promptly. From investigating the allegations against you to evaluating potential defenses and formulating a cohesive defense strategy, there are numerous ways an experienced professional license defense lawyer will be able to help you. The outcome of your professional licensing action is not a foregone conclusion, and hiring an experienced lawyer is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself.

What defenses can I use to protect my professional license?

The defenses you have available to protect your professional license depend on the facts of your case. From disputing the veracity of the allegations against you to seeking sanctions short of license revocation or disbarment, there are numerous possibilities—and determining which possibilities you can (and should) pursue requires the advice of experienced professional license defense counsel.

How often do disciplinary actions lead to license revocation or disbarment?

It’s difficult to say how often disciplinary actions lead to license revocation or disbarment. Ultimately, however, this is irrelevant to your situation. What matters in your situation are the facts of your case, the allegations against you, and the defenses you have available. Once you hire a lawyer to represent you, your lawyer can assess the likely outcomes of your disciplinary proceeding and help you choose the best path forward.

What are my next steps if I am facing disciplinary action as a licensed professional?

If you are facing disciplinary action as a licensed professional, your next step is to engage an experienced professional license defense lawyer. Your situation is too complex, and you have too much at stake, to try to handle your situation on your own. At Oberheiden P.C., we represent all types of licensed professionals in high-stakes disciplinary proceedings, and we can use our experience to help protect you.

Speak with a Professional License Defense Lawyer at Oberheiden P.C.

If you need to speak with a professional license defense lawyer about a pending investigation or disciplinary proceeding, we encourage you to contact us promptly. We represent licensed professionals in all industries. To arrange a confidential consultation with a senior lawyer at Oberheiden P.C., call us at 888-680-1745 or tell us how we can reach you online today.

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