Our Regulated Professions Practice

Today, professional services confront a regulatory structure enforcing compliance with a broad range of ethical and other practice standards.  Additionally, professionals face an increasingly hostile litigation environment. With decades of experience, we have the tenacity required to represent professionals in matters ranging from initial licensure to ethics and disciplinary hearings.

We know what is at stake.

As lawyers ourselves, we understand the professional, reputational, and financial impacts that may be associated with an ethics investigation or disciplinary hearing. We know that if you’re facing such a matter, you need experienced counsel working for you – now.

In these critical circumstances, we work with clients to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the issues raised.  Our goal for clients is to begin implementing a strategy of aggressively representing their interests immediately, and to give them the reassurance that everything possible is being done so that they can continue their practice. We can also draw on our insurance law experience with professional liability matters if needed.

We represent professionals and provide counsel in matters including:

  • Confidential counsel for lawyers, judges, and health care professionals on ethics questions
  • Representation before professional administrative and state licensing boards in disciplinary proceedings
  • Expert witness testimony in disciplinary proceedings, fee disputes, and malpractice actions
  • Investigative board matters
  • Analysis, advice, and litigation of coverage disputes regarding professional liability policies and insurance claims 

Healthcare Professionals

A healthcare professional’s livelihood depends on holding a license.  We work with professionals to secure licenses when issues are raised during the application process, and we defend licensees facing disciplinary action by their regulatory boards that threaten their reputations and their careers.  In either situation, we develop a strategy aimed at protecting the client’s right to practice, avoiding or minimizing financial penalties, and defending the client’s hard-earned reputation.

Attorneys and Judges – Legal Ethics

We have counseled and supported clients addressing liability and ethics issues for more than two decades. We are members of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and our firm includes attorneys who serve or have served on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.  Our attorneys have also taught, written, and lectured extensively on professional conduct and ethics matters.

If you are facing disciplinary action by the Oregon State Bar or the Judicial Fitness Commission, you will want to rely on more than just your own legal expertise. With decades of experience in ethics-related matters, including roles in private and in government practices, we can work with you to establish a solid defense to the matters that you may be facing.

Other Licensed Professionals

We assist other licensed professionals who may be involved in board hearings, disciplinary or other professional matters, including:

  • CPAs
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Geologists

Healthcare Professional Licensing Contact: James E. Mountain, Jr.

Legal Ethics Contact: Arden Olson