Court cases get headlines. But agencies and regulations are often as challenging as litigation. Each local and state agency has its own set of rules and procedures. Knowledgeable counsel can be the difference between a detour and a quagmire.
Our administrative hearing clients include individuals, companies, and towns, in a variety of contexts, from applications for permitting to appeals from local agency actions. These include:
- Employment discrimination claims before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
- Ambulance transport licensing before the Department of Public Health
- Freedom of Information requests to state and local agencies and appeals to the Freedom of Information Commission
- Utility matters before the Siting Council and the Public Utilities Regulatory Agency
- Environmental permitting matters and appeals before the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Attorney ethics complaints before the Statewide Grievance Committee
- Applications to the Office of State Traffic Administration and coordination with the Department of Transportation
We also represent clients in appeals to the Superior Court, Appellate Court, and Supreme Court from decisions of state and local agencies. Representative matters in the administrative agency context include representation of a healthcare system with regard to a competitor’s application to expand its emergency response operations, representation of a concerned parent before the Freedom of Information Commission, resulting in a statutory amendment to the Freedom of Information Act, and representation of the City of Milford as an environmental intervenor in a permitting and license revocation proceeding before the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.