Chicago Professional License Defense Attorney

Helping Professionals in Chicago with Licensing-Related Concerns

Many people must obtain a professional license to work in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is the agency that oversees professional licensing in Illinois.

Many people have their professional futures in the hands of the IDFPR. If you need assistance obtaining a license or defending against adverse action by the IDFPR, a Chicago professional license defense attorney at the law firm of 1818 can help. 

Navigating the IDFPR Disciplinary Process

When IDFPR believes that a licensee violated a law or regulation, it can begin the disciplinary process. Just because they start the process that does not mean you will lose your license, so you should always discuss your defense options with an experienced professional license lawyer. 

While each case is unique, the following is the general process the IDFPR takes when your license might be in jeopardy. 

Complaint – IDFPR usually begins an investigation based on consumer complaints against licensees. If you believe a client or customer might complain, you should talk to the client or customer to avoid having them file a complaint whenever possible.

Investigation – Like any other formal investigation, you should have the representation of a skilled attorney as soon as possible.

Conference – The informal conference is an opportunity to meet with IDFPR and discuss if a settlement is possible.  A conference could end with a dismissal of the complaints against you or the opposite, as your license could be suspended or you could face disciplinary censure. 

Settlement – After an informal conference, your attorney can work to obtain a consent agreement or settlement agreement with IDFPR. This can involve a dismissal or mitigated consequences, such as warnings or probation that allow you to keep your license. 

Formal hearing – If you cannot reach a settlement or consent agreement, your case might proceed to a formal hearing before a hearing officer or an administrative law judge (ALJ). You want to ensure you have the right legal representation for your hearing.

Appeal – If your hearing does not have a positive outcome, you can appeal the matter to the state circuit court. If the court finds your outcome was based on the wrongful application of the law, the decision might be overturned. 

Contact a Chicago Professional License Defense Attorney for Assistance

The 1818 Advocacy Group represents individuals with a wide variety of professional licenses in Illinois. If you would like to discuss your specific situation with a Chicago professional license defense attorney you can trust, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up a consultation. We can help during this stressful process.

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1818 provides counsel and government relations advice to both corporations and individuals. The firm provides practical legal advice on government procurement, professional licensing, building code and zoning matters, liquor law and other government regulatory issues.


Administrative Law

1818 has substantial experience with city, county and state agencies, and uses legal and government relations strategies to effectively represent clients.


Lobbying Services

The firm lobbies at the state and local level on issues regarding procurement, legislation and administrative rules.


Corporate Law

The law firm provides practical legal and business advice to individuals and corporations.



When litigation is required, we look for effective ways to win cases through dispositive motions and alternative dispute resolution.  1818 will be your advocate in the court and in the court of public opinion.

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