Chicago Professional License Defense Lawyer

Chicago Professional License Defense Lawyer

There are many careers that require you to obtain a professional license before you can serve clients. Many of these licenses are overseen by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), which has strict standards for issuing and maintaining professional licenses. Even the slightest issue can put your license – and your entire career path – in jeopardy. 

If you have been denied a license or the IDFPR might suspend your license, you need the help of a Chicago professional license defense lawyer immediately. The law firm of 1818 – An Advocacy Group helps clients in this situation, so please do not delay in calling us today. 

Cases We Handle

We work with clients who are trying to obtain or keep many different types of professional licenses, including the following:

  • Acupuncturists
  • Architects
  • Cemetery managers
  • Certified public accountants (CPAs)
  • Cosmetology
  • Court reporting
  • Detectives
  • Dieticians and nutritionists
  • Engineers
  • Fingerprinting vendors
  • Funeral directors and embalmers
  • Home inspectors
  • Massage therapists
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians and surgeons
  • Real estate and leasing
  • Roofing professionals
  • Social workers
  • Veterinarians

In many cases, someone might go to school to obtain the necessary degrees or certificates, take the required exams, and then learn that the IDFPR has denied their license. The IDFPR might require additional steps to decide whether to issue a license, including conducting an in-person interview or hearing. You want to have the right representation if there are any hiccups in obtaining your professional license. 

Once you have a license, it is not guaranteed that you will keep it for the rest of your career. There are many reasons why the IDFPR might investigate you and decide to suspend or revoke your license, including the following and more:

  • Unethical conduct
  • Violating professional regulations
  • Noncompliance with license requirements
  • Criminal allegations
  • Substance abuse or addiction that impacts your work
  • Mental illness that impacts your work

If the IDFPR determines you are unfit to practice in your profession, they have the power to suspend your license or revoke it completely – effectively ending your career as you know it. It is important to defend your license aggressively in this situation.

How We Can Help

If a client files a complaint against you, the IDFPR can start an investigation into what happened and your conduct. You want the help of a license defense attorney from the very start of this process. Our lawyer can represent and advise you during your investigation, at settlement conferences and hearings, and more to help prove that you are fit to continue your professional practice. 

We know that not every IDFPR investigation is justified, and we can present evidence in defense of your abilities and ethical practice. We can negotiate to find solutions that help you keep your license and your livelihood. 

Consult with a Chicago Professional License Defense Lawyer Today

If you need help obtaining or keeping a professional license in Illinois, do not delay in contacting 1818 – An Advocacy Group. Please contact us directly to learn how a professional license defense attorney can help.

How We Can Help

Practice Areas

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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