Professional License Defense
The Columbus, Ohio, attorneys at Cloppert, Latanick, Sauter & Washburn represent licensed professionals who face investigation, discipline, suspension, or revocation of their license. Our goal is to help you maintain your license in good standing despite the presence of a complaint, investigation, or notice of hearing.
Our attorneys have decades of experience representing licensed professionals in front of various State of Ohio boards, including the Ohio Board of Nursing and the Ohio Department of Education.
If you receive notice of an official investigation or a document titled “Notice of Opportunity for Hearing,” we highly recommend that you retain an attorney to help you protect your license. Investigations and hearings should not be taken lightly because a board can restrict one’s ability to obtain or continue gainful employment by taking the following actions:
- Revocation of a professional license
- Suspension of a professional license
- Placement of a license-holder on probation
- Issuance of a public reprimand
Board investigators are not required to interview a professional license holder during an investigation. Therefore, your first indication that you are facing revocation or suspension of your professional license may be when you receive a “Notice of Opportunity for Hearing” via certified mail. Our attorneys have experience navigating board rules and regulations and working with board investigators, staff, and attorneys to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients.
Many cases are resolved through a settlement with a board, commonly called a “Consent Agreement.” Other cases are more difficult to resolve and must be presented to a board in the form of a hearing, which is an administrative trial before a neutral third-party hearing officer. In the event that your case requires a hearing, our attorneys will prepare you to tell your story and will present evidence and testimony on your behalf.
Our mission throughout all steps of a board investigation is to defend and protect your professional license.