Administrative Law & Licensing Attorney in St. Louis
Legal Counsel Before the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission
Dolley Law, LLC represents individuals and businesses before the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission ("AHC"). The AHC conducts hearings and issues decisions in cases involving a state agency or board and individuals or businesses. These cases commonly involve professional licensing, professional license discipline, state tax, and Medicaid provider issues and include appeals of decisions made by state agencies and boards.
If you receive a complaint from a Missouri board or administrative agency, contact Dolley Law, LLC for experienced, aggressive representation.
Understanding the Process before the AHC
Cases before the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission begin with the filing of a Complaint. After the opposing party is served with the Complaint and files an Answer, the parties conduct discovery serving interrogatories, requests for production of documents and requests for admissions on the opposing party. Parties may also subpoena documents, depose witnesses, and file motions if discovery disputes arise. The discovery process allows the parties to discover and fully understand the facts prior to a hearing on the merits.
Cases before the AHC are determined through the following:
- A hearing on the merits
- A motion for summary decision
- Dismissal of the Complaint
Hearings on the merits are held in Jefferson City, Kansas City, or St. Louis by one of five appointed Commissioners. Parties may call witnesses, submit evidence, testify on their own behalf, file motions, and make arguments. Following the hearing, each party submits proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law and the AHC then issues a written decision. The party aggrieved by the decision may appeal to the circuit court of the county in which he or she resides or to the circuit court of Cole County.
Cases before the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission are commonly referred to as contested cases. Contested cases proceed in a trial-like manner and require proper presentment of evidence and testimony. In many contested cases, the AHC decides only whether a violation of a statute or administrative rule has occurred. The Missouri administrative agency or board then conducts a second hearing to determine the appropriate discipline or sanction.
Experienced Administrative Legal Counsel
Dolley Law, LLC aggressively litigates cases brought by Missouri agencies and boards against individuals and businesses. Our firm forcefully seeks discovery on behalf of its clients, including:
- Requesting and subpoenaing documents
- Sending interrogatories
- Seeking admissions from the opposing party
- Taking the depositions of opposing parties and witnesses
Whenever appropriate, our St. Louis administrative law attorney will file motions for summary decision to resolve cases in our clients’ favor without a hearing.
Dolley Law, LLC has represented clients at trial in numerous administrative cases. Our firm works with clients to prepare and execute an effective litigation and trial strategy. Our attorney’s knowledge and experience in administrative cases ensure effective presentation of evidence and testimony and persuasive argument to the AHC before, during, and after trial.
Contact Dolley Law, LLC
Effective, experienced legal representation is critical when facing action by a state agency or board. To discuss a case before the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission, contact our attorney online or call our firm at (314) 293-4884.