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Raleigh, NC 27601


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Raleigh, NC 27602

(Wake County)
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Professional Licensing Boards and Discipline

North Carolina Professional Licensing & Disciplinary Defense Lawyers

Licensed professionals work their entire lives to achieve success. Doctors, lawyers, dentists, veterinarians and other licensed professionals plan for years of education, hard work and in most instances time away from family and friends. Most lead lives focused on and dedicated to their profession. At Tharrington Smith, we understand how frightening it can be to receive a complaint or alleged violation from your regulatory board. We know the sacrifices you have made in order to achieve success, and we are committed to helping you through disciplinary issues before professional licensing boards. From our offices in Raleigh, we represent professionals throughout North Carolina in grievance and disciplinary proceedings before state licensing and regulatory boards.

Most inquiries from licensing boards are related to substance abuse, a complaint from a client or patient, fee disputes, or illegal advertising. As licensed professionals ourselves, we understand the stress associated with an alleged violation from your licensing board and what sanctions can mean to your business and your professional reputation. If you’ve received notification of a grievance or complaint from your professional licensing board, you are probably wondering what happens next, what steps should be taken, and if a lawyer can help. While every matter is unique, and each agency has its own variations, most professional licensing boards share a common process after notifying you of a pending issue.

  • Response to the Complaint
  • Informal Conference and Interview
  • Probable Cause Review
  • Formal Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Appeal

Each of these main elements have underlying requirements from your licensing board, and some boards are not required to adhere to a structure at all. At Tharrington Smith, you will not be alone in defending complaints received by your professional licensing board. We will guide you through each stage of the process to help you achieve the best possible outcome. The lawyers at Tharrington Smith have extensive experience before many professional licensing boards, including the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners, the North Carolina Medical Board, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, and the North Carolina State Bar.

If you’ve received a complaint from your North Carolina professional licensing board, contact the litigation attorneys at Tharrington Smith and get the answers you deserve.

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