Professional Licensing and Ethics Defense

McNees’ Professional Licensing and Ethics Defense team guides clients throughout all stages of the professional licensing process, from applications and renewals to defending against disciplinary actions and appealing disciplinary decisions. Our team has significant experience and deep understanding of the complex regulations governing licensed professionals in Pennsylvania, including:

  • Accountants
  • Architects and engineers
  • Attorneys and law firms
  • Commercial drivers
  • Funeral directors
  • Healthcare professionals, including physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and veterinarians
  • Realtors and other real estate professionals
  • Vehicle dealers and salespersons

We understand that your license impacts your business and your ability to serve your clients. When licensing matters arise, you need to get back to business as usual as soon as possible and mitigate the drain on resources, including your valuable time. Our goal is to provide clients with an effective, positive and timely resolution. Our attorneys begin by thoroughly understanding the unique situation and working with you to develop a response strategy. We bring significant experience in administrative procedures, hearings and navigating licensing processes within:

  • Bureau of Consumer Protection
  • Bureau of Professional & Occupational Affairs (BPOA)
  • Liquor Control Board (LCB)
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Banking
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court
  • Judicial Conduct Board
  • Office of Attorney General (OAG)
  • Pennsylvania State Police (PSP)

Lawyers and law firms
McNees brings unique experience providing representation of attorneys before the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as well as in providing ethics and professional responsibility counseling to Pennsylvania lawyers and law firms. We conduct compliance reviews of their firm policies and practices and provide advice on their ethical responsibilities under Pennsylvania law and the Rules of Professional Conduct. Our attorneys regularly conduct training for lawyers on risk management best practices and malpractice avoidance. When necessary, McNees also conducts thorough, discreet and professional internal investigations and provides law firms with clear and concise conclusions and recommendations for risk avoidance and/or risk mitigation practices. Our attorneys are prepared to defend attorneys and law firms who are faced with professional ethics and malpractice claims. When the need arises, we partner with Apollo Communications to offer clients an integrated team with comprehensive solutions to even the most complex issues. Apollo’s strategic public relations professionals are available to guide clients in responding to media inquiries, managing social media and reputational needs, and navigating all aspects of crisis communications.