Appeals of Licensing Board Decisions in California

Are you currently subject to a licensing board decision or hospital board decision which is negatively impacting your ability to practice?  Has your professional license been revoked? Have you been placed on probation?  If so, under California law, you have the right to have a Superior Court judge review the Board’s Decision to determine if the Board abused its discretion in reaching its Decision.  Our lawyers help with the following:

  • Appeals of Decisions by the Medical Board of California
  • Appeals from Hospital Board Regarding Privileges Disputes
  • Appeals of Decisions by the Dental Board of California
  • Appeals of Decisions by the Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • Appeals of Decisions by the Board of Registered Nursing
  • Appeals of Decisions by the Board of Pharmacy
  • Appeals of Decisions by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

The Law Firm of Marvin Firestone, MD•JD, & Associates, LLP is equipped to handle appeals of licensing board decisions for all healthcare professionals throughout California.  Our experienced attorneys aggressively represent the following healthcare professionals:

  • Physicians
  • Registered Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Dentists
  • Chiropractors
  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • All other healthcare providers

If you  believe that a state or federal healthcare agency has unfairly violated your rights and would like to discuss the potential for appealing the administrative action by the licensing board or agency, contact our law firm today by filling out our online form or calling (650) 212-4900 or 1-800-LAW-MDJD (1-800-529-6353).

Our Physician Attorney Has Over 33 Years Experience Appealing Licensing Board Decisions

An adverse board decision has the potential to effectively end your career.  Serving clients throughout the State of California, our law firm has the resources, knowledge and attorneys with experience to compel the board’s compliance with the law.  We are ready to provide strong counsel to help you appeal a state or federal licensing board administrative decision.  We can also challenge private administrative actions by hospitals and others.  With over 33 years’ experience, our principal, Marvin Firestone, MD, JD is a medical lawyer and also a licensed physician who understands the serious challenges you face, giving you a competitive advantage in the pursuit of a successful outcome.

Contact Us Right Away to Speak With a California Licensing Appeals Attorney

Our law firm is experienced in appealing agency decisions and can assist physicians and other healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, psychologists and nurses throughout California.  We offer a FREE initial phone consultation in order to evaluate your case, and help you understand your options.  Contact us by filling out our online form, or call us at (650) 212-4900 or 1-800-LAW-MDJD (1-800-529-6353) now.

We serve clients throughout Northern and Southern California, including San Mateo, San Francisco, Sacramento, Redding, San Jose, San Mateo, Los Angeles, Stockton, Irvine, San Diego, and more.

Authored by Marvin Firestone

Healthcare License Defense Quick Facts:

  • California State Medical Board Powers
  • The Accusation
  • The Hearing
  • How We Can Help
The practice of medicine and other healing arts is closely regulated in the United States. In recent years, this regulation has increased at both the state and federal levels. Licensed physicians and other health care providers face potential disciplinary actions from multitude of public and privately operated agencies and other entities, including federal entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid, DEA, and managed care organizations quality assurance boards. However, the one agency which usually maintains the power to terminate a health care professional’s license to practice remains the state medical licensing board.
If a formal accusation has been filed, one must act decisively to mount a defense to the charges. Failure to act quickly may result in forfeiture of important legal rights. Legal rights which apply in malpractice suits may not be available, or may be strictly limited, in defending one’s license to practice. For example, in most states, including California, the provider’s right to obtain discovery of the evidence against him or her is much more limited in the administrative hearing than in civil court suits; written interrogatories and oral depositions are usually not allowed.
A health care provider is entitled to a formal hearing before his or her license may be restricted or revoked, but the nature and extent of the hearing may vary depending upon the state law, as well as how one responds to the accusation in the first instance. Agencies are granted a great deal of leeway in prosecuting licensees and are accorded wide deference by the courts when their final decisions are challenged as improper or unfair. A lawyer defending a license disciplinary action on behalf of a professional health care provider must be vigilant in protecting the professional’s constitutional rights of due process and preserving all objections for purposes of appeal. A provider who defends himself throughout the formal hearing process, and then comes to the lawyer when disciplinary sanctions have been imposed and the time for appeal is already running, stands less chance in reversing the agency’s order.
The Law Firm of Marvin Firestone, MD•JD, & Associates, LLP has been helping doctors, nurses, psychologists and other healthcare professionals protect and defend their professional licenses for over 33 years. Our medical-legal experience may mean the difference in a professional’s career. By getting involved immediately after the physician or healthcare professional knows of an investigation of care, we can help to control the investigative and formal hearing process, develop the evidence needed to defend allegations, and uncover the true facts. If you are the target of an investigation or Board Accusation, don’t delay seeking the advice and counsel of a health or medical lawyer. To schedule a FREE initial phone consultation, fill out our online form or call us at 1-800-LAW-MDJD (1-800-529-6353).We serve clients throughout California.


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