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--PRACTICE AREAS--
  Internet Libel
  Personal Injury
  Wrongful Death
  Hearings Before Governmental Agencies
  Business Litigation
  Professional Negligence
  Tax Shelter Fraud and Negligence
  Civil Appeals, State and Federal
  Real Estate Litigation
  Civil RICO
  Military Law
  Federal Civil Litigation
  Social Security Disability

-- ADMITTED TO--
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for Northern District and Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals, now known as U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • All Georgia Superior and State Courts

Hearings Before Governmental Agencies
This office represents individuals and businesses before government agencies: federal, state, and local. We have represented, by way of example, a dentist who was the only dental professional in a three county area who would take children on Medicaid reimbursement, in a case against the Georgia Department of Community Health for recoupment of improperly withheld funds; a real estate broker on a license issue before the Georgia Real Estate Commission; private civil aircraft owners against county airport authority on leasing issues; physicians before the Georgia Composite Board of Medical Examiners; elected and appointed officials before state and local ethics boards on charges brought by political opponents shortly before elections; and government employees in adverse action hearings, including both federal and local government employees.
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When should I contact a lawyer when I have a problem with a government agency?
A: A lawyer knowledgeable with how government agencies work will be able to help you marshal all of the facts, including witnesses and documents, that you will need for the presentation of you side of the issue.

Q: Can the agency just decide whatever it wants to do?
A: No. All government agencies, federal, state and local, have statutes and rules that they are bound by. There is both a Georgia and a federal Administrative Procedures Act. Also local government agencies are governed by state law and local ordinances, and sometimes by federal regulations in certain regulated topics like environmental issues. In a similar way, federal agencies also have statutes governing their particular area of concern and have regulations that have come out of Washington that they must follow, as well as formal written policies that they have to abide by. A lawyer helps the client find these statutes, ordinances, and regulations so that the rules governing the case before the agency are known and can be complied with by both sides.

Q: When I call the agency on the telephone, they either do not answer me or do not give me a complete answer. What can I do?
A: All communications with a government agency have to be documented in writing. Often the agency will put a memorandum to file in a folder concerning your problem. You need to have a letter sent to the agency setting out your side of the matter and documenting the specifics in your telephone conversation with agency personnel. A lawyer can help you make sure you cover all the necessary points in this correspondence.

Q: What if we lose at the agency hearing?
A: There are ways to take the case to court, depending on which statutes and regulations are involved. This office has experience in going to court for clients who have been involved in disputes with government agencies. The rules can be technical, but we have experience in dealing with them.

Q: How is the attorney fee determined?
A: This type of case is handled on an hourly rate basis. The fee and reimbursement of any expenses are determined in a meeting between attorney and client in the office.

 

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State Bar of Georgia The American Bar Association The United States Naval Institute Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce John's Creek Chamber of Commerce Eleventh Circuit Historical Society Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce Sandy Springs Bar Association Georgia Trial Lawyers Association The Atlanta Bar Association The Cobb County Bar Association Federal Circuit Bar Association Kiwanis Club of Northside Atlanta United States Navy Association of the United States Navy The Buckhead Business Association Federal Bar Association