Professional Licensing Issues Arizona

Arizona and federal law imposes licensing and permitting requirements on all types of business activities. Professionals in the education, investment and securities, medical, legal, accounting, architecture, construction, realty and other fields must maintain licenses and are subject to governmental regulation for their professional activities. Such licenses carry with them ongoing governmental or regulatory oversight that can subject license holders to investigation, sanction, and even revocation of their licenses. Because each type of license may involve a unique set of procedures and standards, and the license is literally the key to being able to perform in your chosen field, addressing licensing disputes can put the continued operation of a business in danger.

Many Phoenix and Arizona businesses will be subject to some form of business permit requirement, and of course the multiple layers of government impose tax requirements that business owners must obey. Also, many types of businesses may be required to maintain permits certifying they have met governmental standards for their industry and are in compliance with applicable safety and health requirements. Examples include restaurants and other foodservice businesses, establishments selling alcohol, medical facilities, and spas or salons. Obtaining permits and keeping them in good standing may involve confusing regulations and dealing with overtaxed regulators.

Government agencies can also benefit from our input and advice when licensing questions or disputes arise.  The refusal, suspension or revocation of a license often creates large incentives for the license applicant or holder to seek legal relief.  We help clients facing protracted litigation prospects to identify strategies for honoring their administrative responsibilities while still moving the case along quickly with as little dispute as possible.

Your professional future and business may be at risk if you are facing an Arizona professional license or permit dispute. In many professions, sanctions or convictions could result in the loss of or inability to obtain a professional license in other subjects or locations even if the issue had nothing directly to do with the other license or location. For example, a healthcare licensee suspended in Arizona for matters that may involve dishonesty might be prevented from obtaining a similar license in other states. Or, losing a business permit in Maricopa County for willful failure to comply with county regulations might impact the permit holder’s ability to obtain other government permits in other counties in the future. Getting effective representation can be critical to avoiding these long-lasting consequences.

Our administrative law attorneys are prepared to assist you throughout the professional licensing process in Arizona. Contact us for evaluation of your matter if you are:

  • Contractors in licensing disputes with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors;
  • Educators contending with the Arizona State Board of Education, the Arizona Department of Education, or your local district personnel;
  • Investment advisors or brokers facing investigation by the ACC, FINRA or the SEC;
  • Medical professional such as physicians, veterinarians, nurses, pharmacists, chiropractors, physical therapists and trainers or occupational therapists facing a license investigation or enforcement action from a state licensing board;

The Phoenix business attorneys at our firm can also provide advice and representation to patients, client, or employers who need legal advice on how to challenge a professional’s license in Arizona or help invoking regulatory oversight for practices that have hurt or endangered you or others. Examples can include businesses seeking help with the failure of a registered contractor to perform its job correctly, patients seeking licensing oversight for improper medical treatment, or investment clients seeking regulatory involvement in their dispute with a broker over a failed investment.

 

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