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Administrative Law

Many decisions that affect people and businesses are made by administrative agencies of federal, state and local governments. The Department of Transportation might suspend a driver’s license because of a drunk driving offense. A license to practice medicine, a liquor license application or revocation or an income tax dispute will probably first be decided by an administrative agency and not in a courtroom. A college might suspend a student for some academic offense or violation of the code of student life. Administrative agency rules and procedures are different than the procedures and rules in the courtroom. The administrative agency decision might be reviewed by a court but the ability of a court is often restricted so that you are not allowed to introduce new evidence. Administrative law is a specialized area and the attorney selected should be familiar with the administrative procedures generally and preferably have experience with the specific type of case and agency involved.