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At the Chicago law firm of 1818, we provide legal representation for individuals and businesses regarding licenses and other regulatory matters under the authority of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. We assist clients with getting licenses and complying with Illinois laws and regulations. We also advocate on behalf of clients whose license is being threatened with suspension or revocation.
Depending on the severity of the allegations, the type of license, and many other factors, this process may be slightly altered, or certain steps may be skipped.
The majority of investigations initiates from a complaint regarding an IDFPR licensee by a consumer. Licensees should make every attempt to work with their customers to prevent IDFPR complaints.
Don’t Panic – Call an Attorney. Investigations begin with an IDFPR investigator contacting the licensee. Using your attorney to work with an investigator to provide facts and evidence early can be an efficient and cost-effective way to resolve licensing disputes quickly and confidentially. However, if you are not adequately prepared or represented, the investigation can progress into an expensive nightmare.
An IDFPR “informal” conference is not at all informal or exploratory. It can result in very serious ramifications to your license, including censure and suspension. These conferences can also lead to very positive results such as consent orders, restorations of licenses, and even dismissal of complaints.
Following an informal conference, the goal should be to reach a settlement or consent agreement. Ideally a case would be dismissed, however, IDFPR may seek other types of discipline including an Administrative Warning, Reprimand, Probation, License Suspension, License Revocation or other alternatives.
If you have no choice but to proceed to a hearing, a Hearing Officer or Administrative Law Judge will conduct the hearing. While a Hearing Officer does not have the full power of a Circuit Court judge, their rulings carry great weight and the process should be taken very seriously. You’ll want to attend your hearing with your attorney.
If IDFPR issues a final order with which you disagree, your next option is to appeal to the Circuit Court. Illinois law allows IDFPR licensees the opportunity to challenge IDFPR decisions. An administrative review is not an opportunity to reargue a case, as the appeal does not allow new or different evidence. An administrative review looks instead at whether the law was followed, the evidence was properly weighed, and the correct rules and procedures applied during the proceedings.
At 1818, we counsel and represent individuals and businesses regulated by IDFPR, including:
Illinois has numerous laws and administrative regulations that apply to licensing and established standards of conduct for professions. IDFPR is responsible for enforcing those laws and regulations. More than 100 professions and businesses are licensed by this one agency. Licensing laws and regulations are extremely complex. Issues that arise under those laws are often complicated both factually and legally. Attempting to represent yourself before IDFPR — or drawing a conclusion on your own about how a rule applies to you — can lead to a disastrous result, including potential license suspension or license revocation.
If you are contacted by IDFPR about a licensing issue or a complaint — or if you have a concern about an IDFPR licensing matter — speaking with a lawyer who is familiar with IDFPR and government agencies is essential. With your lawyer, you will develop a strategy to defend your license and make sure you are in full compliance with all legal requirements.
There is no charge for your initial meeting with 1818. We will listen carefully to all the facts, explain the legal issues and ramifications, and thoroughly explore all options and strategies for resolving the matter favorably. In the first meeting, we will also explain the legal fees associated with representing you. In some cases, we charge by the hour, but for many IDFPR cases, we provide representation based on one flat fee.
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.
1818 represents individuals and businesses whose license is in jeopardy of being disciplined, suspended or revoked.
1818 has substantial experience with city, county and state agencies, and uses legal and government relations strategies to effectively represent clients.
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