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Areas of Practice

Professional Licensing Defense


The lawyers of Starnes Davis Florie have considerable experience in defending all types of professionals in malpractice lawsuits. In many of these cases, licensing issues arise as the result of a grievance filed with the relevant licensing board by the party who initiates the malpractice claim. Over the years, the firm’s attorneys have defended a wide array of professionals before licensing boards and in administrative law hearings. The firm’s experience ranges from assisting professionals with drafting responses to the administrative board regarding minor complaints to helping professionals maintain their license when serious charges are alleged. The firm is also experienced in handling  appeals from adverse decisions by a licensing board.

The suspension or revocation of a license is a serious matter. The attorneys of Starnes Davis Florie will walk the client through this difficult process by aggressively investigating these claims and giving the client an objective opinion about their unique situation.  Utilizing this approach, the firm’s attorneys can help the client make an informed decision about how to proceed with the respective board. If the case against the client is strong, Starnes’ attorneys can help determine ways to mitigate the damage and seek lesser sanctions. If the case against the client is weak, Starnes’ attorneys can put forth a strong defense at the hearing or negotiate a favorable settlement.

The attorneys of Starnes Davis Florie have represented clients before a number of different administrative boards including:
Alabama Bar Association
Alabama Board of Medical Examiners and the Alabama Medical Licensure Commission
Alabama Board of Dental Examiners
Alabama Board of Nursing
Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation
Alabama Board of Pharmacy
Alabama Board of Psychology
Alabama Board of Chiropractors
Alabama Board of Audiology
Alabama Board of Architects
Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Alabama Board of General Contractors
Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists

Related Publications:

* "Responding to a Bar Complaint,” The Alabama Lawyer, Vol. 73, No. 2, pages 137-141, March 2012.

* "Patient Complaints - When the Dental Board Calls(pending publication)

Relevant Practice Areas:

Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical
Business Investigations & White Collar Defense
Construction Litigation
Energy & Natural Resources
Environmental Regulation
Fidelity & Surety Litigation
Legal Malpractice
Long Term Care & Nursing Home Litigation
Long Term Care & Other Healthcare Regulatory Compliance
Medical Malpractice Defense
Mining & Mineral Law
Professional Liability
Workers’ Compensation