California Physician-Attorney Devoted to Helping Doctors and Other Healthcare Professionals Preserve and Fight for Their Future

healthcare-professional-license-defense-law-firmAt the Law Firm of Marvin Firestone, MD•JD, & Associates, LLP, our principal has over 33 years focused on protecting the careers of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area, and throughout the State of California. Dr. Firestone is not only a distinguished professional license defense attorney with a track record of success, he is also a licensed physician who understands the unique challenges you face, and will aggressively fight to preserve and protect your life’s work.

If you need the help of a Bay Area California healthcare law attorney to aggressively represent you against your licensing board, schedule a FREE consultation by filling out our online form, or calling (650) 212-4900 today.

A Strong Defense Against California Healthcare Licensing Boards

Our law firm will give you the personal attention your professional license deserves, and the focus and experience that is necessary to achieve the best possible outcome.  Defense of your license against accusations by the following California licensing agencies is our specialty, including:

  • Medical Board of California and Osteopathic Medical Board
  • Board of Pharmacy
  • Dental Board of California
  • Board of Podiatric Medicine
  • Board of Psychology
  • Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • Board of Registered Nursing
  • Board of Behavioral Sciences

Focused on Your Unique Challenges

While other law firms are focused on various other practice types (criminal law, personal injury, family law, etc.), the Law Firm of Marvin Firestone, MD•JD, & Associates, LLP is 100% focused on serving the unique challenges facing California healthcare professionals.  Whether you are facing an investigation by your licensing board or peer review body, an accusation, or you are in need of appealing a licensing board’s or peer review body’s decision, we can help. Our law firm also represents healthcare professionals during peer review & medical staff privilege matters, healthcare employment contract disputes, contract negotiation and reviews, managed care contract disputes, and facilitates medical business transactions, as well as helping you establish risk prevention procedures in your practice.

Contact Our San Francisco Bay Area Law Office Today for a FREE Initial Consultation

Your life’s work and your professional reputation is in jeopardy.  Protect your rights. Do not let any more time go by before speaking with an experienced California healthcare license defense attorney.  Our San Francisco Bay Area, California, law firm serves clients in Northern and Southern California.  We offer a FREE initial phone consultation to learn about the challenges you are facing against the California licensing agency, and to help you understand the steps you will need to take in order to protect and/or defend your livelihood.

To schedule a consultation with our law firm, please start by filling out our online form, or call 800-LAW-MDJD (800-529-6353) .

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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The Law Firm of Marvin Firestone, MD•JD, & Associates, LLP
1700 S. El Camino Real, Suite 204
San Mateo, CA 94402
P: (650) 212-4900
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