Administrative Law

We represent individuals, businesses, and labor organizations in proceedings before Maryland State agencies and boards and before local agencies and boards. We represent clients in contested case proceedings, regulatory disputes, and in investigations by government agencies

Many rights and obligations are administered by government agencies and boards with jurisdiction over matters ranging from environmental permits to professional licenses to child abuse. The legal principles that control administrative entities are unique. We are well-versed in those principles and our attorneys, in fact, have helped shaped those principles in Maryland law. Our administrative law practice is varied.

We represent individuals whose government-issued licenses and certifications have been challenged. Licenses are granted and regulated by government agencies at the State and Federal levels, working under complicated laws and regulations. Maryland’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, for example, is responsible for licensing and regulating over 210,000 individuals, corporations, and partnerships in Maryland. They include real estate professionals, electricians, plumbers, foresters, architects, engineers, land surveyors, barbers, pawnbrokers, and bay pilots. Other professionals, such as doctors, physician assistants, and nurses, are licensed and regulated by other units of State government. Law enforcement officers and correctional officers are subject to still other credentialing requirements and certifications. We have experience protecting licenses and certificates of all sorts.

We represent businesses who must seek the approval of a board or agency or who are under investigation by a board or agency. State and local boards and agencies are responsible for much of the work of government. In many instances, they set the terms for building, manufacturing, selling, and otherwise carrying out business. The investigate violations of civil laws. We have significant experience working with such entities to get a favorable decision and in challenging unfavorable decisions.

We represent labor organizations that must comply with regulatory obligations or when they have an interest in the formation of regulations. We challenge regulations that go too far and help develop regulations consistent with law and practice.