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Social Worker Therapist

Chicago Therapist & Chicago Social Worker License Defense Lawyer

In the bustling city of Chicago, a career in clinical social work or therapy can be immensely rewarding. However, professionals in these spheres sometimes face challenges that require the expert advice and assistance of a dedicated Chicago therapist license defense lawyer or a Chicago social worker license defense lawyer.

At Zimmerman Law Offices, led by founding attorney Thomas Zimmerman, we specialize in safeguarding your reputation and your right to practice. Both our dedicated Chicago social worker license defense attorneys and our Chicago therapist license defense attorneys are committed to defending your license and your livelihood against any threats.

Safeguarding Your Professional Future

Protecting your license is synonymous with protecting your professional future. At Zimmerman Law Offices, we understand that you have worked diligently to establish a reputable career in Chicago. When you choose us, you are opting for proficient and seasoned legal defense that stands unwaveringly by your side.

Tailored Strategies by Zimmerman Law Offices

Every case is unique, and so is our approach to each client. Our experienced attorneys devise strategies that are tailored to your specific circumstances. We believe in offering you not only the best defense but also the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your case is in capable hands.

Services We Offer

At Zimmerman Law Offices, our professional license defense attorneys take pride in being your trusted ally in times of adversity. Our services encompass a wide range of areas, including:

  • License Application Guidance: We assist you in navigating through the intricate processes of license applications, renewals, and reinstatements.
  • Investigation Assistance: In case you find yourself at the heart of an investigation, our lawyers work meticulously to build a solid defense, helping you avoid potential license suspension or revocation.
  • Legal Representation at Hearings: Our experienced lawyers provide robust representation at disciplinary board and administrative hearings as well as other legal platforms, ensuring your rights and interests are defended vehemently.
  • Crisis Management and Media Relations: We guide you in managing licensing issue crises effectively and liaising with the media to maintain a positive public perception.

Expert Defense from Zimmerman Law Offices

Your expertise in helping others navigate life’s challenges is unparalleled. Likewise, our expertise lies in offering you an unyielding defense when your license and reputation are at stake. Trust our Chicago license defense lawyers to deliver results that safeguard your professional integrity.

Why Choose Zimmerman Law Offices?

Experienced Legal Team

At Zimmerman Law Offices, our lawyers bring to the table years of experience in defending licenses of professionals in the social work and therapy professions. Our adept understanding of the nuances involved in license defense makes us your best ally.

Proactive Approach

We believe in adopting a proactive approach towards your defense. Our early intervention often results in favorable outcomes, preventing potential harm to your career.

Confidentiality Assurance

We maintain strict confidentiality of your case details, ensuring that your privacy is never compromised.

Client-Centric Service

Our lawyers prioritize your needs and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. We are dedicated to providing you with services that are not only professional but also empathetic.

Contact Us Today

Facing challenges concerning your professional license can be daunting. But remember, you don’t have to face them alone. Secure your professional future with Zimmerman Law Offices, where we transform challenges into opportunities for growth and progress. Reach out today and secure the expert defense your career deserves.

Department of Financial
and Professional

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


alcohol dependence


exceeded scope of practice, assessing improper fees

Beauty Shop Owner:

employing unlicensed cosmetologist


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


performing unlicensed barber activity, denial of application for licensure

Cosmetology School:

loss of accreditation


exceeding the scope of practice

Daycare Facility:

owner’s criminal convictions


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


unlicensed practice


improper use of supplies for self-treatment

Energy Broker:

managerial and technical licensing requirements


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


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


practicing without an Illinois license, continuing education issues


making supportive orthotic devices without authority


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


quality control deficiencies

Pharmacy Technician:

diverting controlled substances, fraudulent prescriptions


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


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

Security Alarm Agency:

employing untrained and unlicensed contractors


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.



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