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State Licensure Issues

Strong Background Defending Clients in Audits and Investigations

Chicago Licensure Attorneys

Since 1996, attorney Thomas Zimmerman has represented doctors, dentists, psychologists, veterinarians, optometrists, insurance companies and producers, facing disciplinary sanctions against their Illinois state license, and requiring legal representation in administrative law judge trials.

Are you concerned that a complaint could lead to an internal investigation? Be proactive and contact an Illinois state licensure attorney by calling 1-877-440-0020 to schedule a free initial consultation.

At the Zimmerman Law Offices, P.C., our lawyers help professionals with their state licensure issues, including representing clients applying for professional licenses and those required to appear in disciplinary hearings before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in Chicago.

Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) licenses over one million professionals in approximately 100 different industries. The IDFPR protects the public by ensuring licensed professionals are adequately tested and qualified for their professions through enforcing and maintaining rigorous standards. To effectively carry out its various activities, the IDFPR is comprised of four divisions:

Department of Insurance

The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) regulates and licenses professionals and businesses providing insurance within the state. The DOI protects the public by enforcing insurance regulations and monitoring the market behavior and financial viability of insurance providers in Illinois.

Qualified to Represent Professionals With Licensure Issues

Proceedings at the Agencies: The attorneys at Zimmerman Law Offices have extensive experience helping people and companies become licensed, and representing licensed professionals in investigations, audits, and disciplinary proceedings at state agencies.

Appeals of Agency Decisions: If there is an adverse agency decision denying a license application or imposing discipline on a licensee, our attorneys have achieved great success in appealing agency decisions to the court and having those decisions vacated or sent back to the agency for a new hearing.

Department of Financial
and Professional
Regulation

To effectively carry out its various activities, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is comprised of four divisions. The IDFPR licenses over one million professionals in approximately 100 different industries. The IDFPR protects the public by ensuring licensed professionals are adequately tested and qualified for their professions through enforcing and maintaining rigorous standards. The IDFPR regulates the following professions:

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Significant Results In representing medical, insurance and other professionals, Zimmerman Law Offices has obtained many favorable results for clients, including:

  • Successfully appealing to the Illinois Circuit Court the IDFPR’s suspension of a doctor's license. The suspension was vacated and reversed.
  • Successfully appealing to the Illinois Circuit Court a denial of an application for a pharmacist's license. As a result, it was the first time in Illinois that a graduate of a Russian pharmacy school was granted a license in Illinois.
  • Successfully sued the IDFPR to compel it to return stolen patient records.

Zimmerman Law Offices has also represented a wide range of professionals facing a variety of legal allegations such as:

Appraisal Management Corporation:

improper appraisal assignments, failure to have written comprehensive payment policy

Architect:

alcohol dependence

Auctioneer:

exceeded scope of practice, assessing improper fees

Beauty Shop Owner:

employing unlicensed cosmetologist

Chiropractor:

exceeding patient boundaries, inadequate patient records, practicing on animals

Clinical Laboratory:

CLIA condition-level deficiencies, sanctions imposed against the lab and its director

Clinical Professional Counselor:

abuse finding on health care worker registry, misrepresentations on license application, criminal convictions, insufficient education

Clinical Psychologist:

public disclosure of patient records

Clinical Social Worker:

unlicensed practice, filing a false report

Collection Agency:

unlicensed debt collection

Commercial Driver Training School:

failure to maintain student instruction records, failure to have qualified instructors, deficient course instruction

Community Association Manager:

withholding association documents, criminal convictions

Cosmetologist:

performing unlicensed barber activity, denial of application for licensure

Cosmetology School:

loss of accreditation

CPA:

exceeding the scope of practice

Daycare Facility:

owner’s criminal convictions

Dentist:

patient abandonment, fraudulent billing, sanitation deficiencies, continuing education, substance abuse, inadequate controlled substances logs

Dietician:

unlicensed practice

EMT:

improper use of supplies for self-treatment

Energy Broker:

managerial and technical licensing requirements

Esthetician:

unlicensed activity prior to licensure, improper delegation of duties, improper charting, patient care issues, misrepresentations on license application

Funeral Director and Embalmer:

termination for posting inappropriate photos

Home Inspector:

inadequate home inspection, continuing education

Insurance Agency:

embezzling premium trust money, DOI audit of records, failure to remit premiums

Insurance Producer:

altering documents, criminal convictions, fraudulent claims

Locksmith Agency:

overbilling, failing to adequately supervise employees, false advertising, failure to have branch office license

Massage Therapist:

improper touching of patient, fraudulent application

Nurse:

false statements on job and license applications, improper actions toward patient, misappropriation of medication, impairment due to alcohol abuse

Optometrist:

practicing without an Illinois license, continuing education issues

Pedorthist:

making supportive orthotic devices without authority

Pharmacist:

improper filling of prescriptions, diverting controlled substances, forging prescriptions, denial of application for licensure

Pharmacy:

quality control deficiencies

Pharmacy Technician:

diverting controlled substances, fraudulent prescriptions

Physician:

professional misconduct, overprescribing controlled substances, termination of clinical privileges, substandard care, exceeding patient boundaries, substance abuse, inadequate medical records, homicide, diverting controlled substances, importing unregulated prescriptions

Physician Assistant:

diverting controlled substances, failure to diagnose

Private Security Contractor:

criminal convictions

Professional Design Firm:

exceeded scope of allowed engineering services

Professional Engineer:

inadequate experience

Real Estate Appraiser:

generating misleading appraisal, USPAP violations, generating fraudulent appraisal, continuing education, unlicensed appraisal

Real Estate Broker:

aiding the unlicensed practice, continuing education, failing to disclose licensed status, failing to provide documents, commingling escrow money

Real Estate Broker Corporation:

failing to return earnest money, IDFPR audit of records, aiding the unlicensed practice, improper advertising, operating without a managing broker, charging improper fees

Real Estate Managing Broker:

improper record keeping, failure to supervise, continuing education

Roofer:

criminal convictions, inadequate work, operating beyond the scope of license

Security Alarm Agency:

employing untrained and unlicensed contractors

Veterinarian:

improper patient care, inadequate records

We have successfully represented over 1,000
licensed professionals in dozens
of different professions.

Medical Practice Act Section Declared Unconstitutional

We convinced the circuit court to declare a provision of the Illinois Medical Practice Act unconstitutional because it prohibited courts from staying the enforcement of disciplinary sanctions imposed on physicians until a final resolution of the administrative review proceeding.

Seminal Decision Overturning Clinical Lab Director Sanction

We obtained the first decision in the nation that ruled a sanction imposed against a lab applies only to the person who directed the lab at the time of the infractions, and it does not apply to any former or subsequent lab director.

First Russian Pharmacy School Graduate Licensed in Illinois

We appealed the IDFPR’s denial of an application for licensure as a pharmacist to the circuit court and won. This was the first time that a graduate of a Russian pharmacy school was issued a pharmacist license in Illinois.

Expanded the Scope of Professional Design Firm Licensure

We obtained a variance from the IDFPR to allow a company with a professional design firm registration to provide structural engineering services in Illinois.

Contact a Chicago Health Care Professional's Attorney

Attorney Zimmerman provides experienced, effective representation regarding a license application denial or defense against charges of ethics violations, fraud or professional malpractice. Contact us or call 1-877-440-0020 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Results

Real Estate Broker Accused of Failing to Provide Required Documents

A real estate agent filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) alleging that a broker failed to provide the agent with a signed copy of the agent's Independent Contractor Agreement, as required by the Illinois Administrative Code. Prior to filing his complaint with the IDFPR, the agent had breached the Agreement by surreptitiously having his real estate license transferred to another broker under false pretenses and without providing any advance notice to the broker, and the broker had lodged a complaint with the IDFPR arising out of the agent's professional misconduct. We demonstrated to the IDFPR that the agent had been given a signed copy of the Agreement, and the agent's complaint was merely an attempt to exact vengeance on the broker for previously lodging a complaint against the agent. The IDFPR closed the file with no discipline taken against the real estate broker.

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