We have successfully represented clients before ethics committees of associations and private boards. While associations and private boards lack the power to discipline professional and occupational licenses, adverse ethics findings can seriously damage a reputation and a career, and, in some cases, lead later to license discipline. Private entities typically have by-laws and procedures to safeguard member rights, but may not follow their own rules unless demanded to do so by our experienced administrative attorneys.
In one case, a client was accused by an industry association of unethical behavior and was threatened with having that behavior reported to the client’s employer. After our intervention and advocacy, the association board reconsidered its position and dropped its plan to contact the employer. Also, many of the earlier findings of misconduct were either reversed or softened, significantly limiting the damage.
In another case, a national healthcare professional association brought a complaint against a practitioner based upon allegations from the mother of a patient. Senior Associate Attorney Lindsay Johnson developed a robust defense and rebutted the allegations. After reviewing our response, the association dismissed the ethics allegations and thanked our attorney for the professional response.