Medical License Defense

Former Prosecutor Defending Your License, Reputation & Career.


California Medical License Defense Attorney

  Representing California Physicians & Surgeons

Our California medical license defense attorney represents physicians facing investigations, statement of issues, accusations and disciplinary actions from the Medical Board of California.

  Experienced Former Government Prosecutor Defending You

When the stakes are high, our highly skilled administrative law & criminal defense attorney will skillfully work to protect your license, your reputation and your career.

Medical Board of California License Defense Attorney


Everyone can make a mistake, but for California physicians a mistake or even an accusation of a mistake can jeopardize your license and your career. Simply being accused of an ethics violation, medical malpractice or substance abuse issue can trigger disciplinary actions that ruin your reputation and career.

You take care of patients – now let us protect you

If you are facing an investigation or disciplinary action by the Medical Board of California, give us a call. We understand the pressure you are dealing with and our medical practice act defense lawyer is 100% focused on protecting you & your license. We do not judge, we are only here to help and support you.

Medical Practice Act defense lawyer in Orange County

We have a wealth of experience representing physicians & surgeons from our office in Orange County, CA. You can depend on us to skillfully defend you and help you minimize exposure to sanctions or other CA Medical Board disciplinary actions.

Skilled in substance abuse, criminal charge & DUI medical license issues

Many of our cases involve medical professionals whose licenses are at risk due to substance abuse, DUI, criminal arrests or convictions. Our seasoned former government prosecutor knows how to handle these scenarios and diligently work to protect you.

Don't let a mistake ruin your career.  Call to learn your legal options.


Call 949 750-2500 for a Free Consultation

Our experienced, discrete attorneys will confidentially review your case, your legal options and how we can help. We represent California physicians from our office in Newport Beach.



California Medical Board Disciplinary Actions

Many physicians assume the Medical Board is on their side. Unfortunately this is not true. The Medical Board of California takes misconduct allegations seriously and they hold physicians and surgeons accountable for misconduct. It is critical to consult a lawyer experienced in handling physician medical board license defense to help avoid the many risks inherent in investigation and disciplinary proceedings.

Medical Board statistics show complaints are rising

Medical Board of California statistics show during 2009-2016 complaints and investigations of Physicians & Surgeons surged 35% from 6,437 to 8,679.

Complaints of gross negligence and unprofessional conduct were by far the most prevalent with the public. During fiscal year 2015-2016:

  • 8,679 total complaints were filed
  • 5,663 (65%) of the total complaints were filed by the public
  • 4,528 gross negligence/incompetence complaints filed
  • 2,069 unprofessional conduct complaints filed
  • 376 unlicensed/unregistered complaints filed
  • 122 fraud complaints filed
  • 345 cases referred by investigators to the Attorney General
  • 41 cases referred for criminal action



Physician Complaints Received

Source: Medical Board of California - Complaints/Investigations

Complaints Received by Type, 2016

Source: Medical Board of California - Fiscal year 2015-2016

CA Medical Board Disciplinary Actions & Options

The Medical Board of California implements a wide range of disciplinary actions depending on the circumstances. The Medical Board of California Manual of Model Disciplinary Orders and Disciplinary Guidelines defines the types of orders that may be implemented and the recommended range of penalties for violations.

MBC model disciplinary orders & optional conditions that may be ordered include:

  1. Revocation - Single Cause
  2. Revocation - Multiple Causes
  3. Standard Stay Order
  4. Actual Suspension
  5. Controlled Substances - Total Restriction
  6. Controlled Substances - Surrender of DEA Permit
  7. Controlled Substances - Partial Restriction
  8. Controlled Substances - Maintain Records and Access To Records & Inventories
  9. Controlled Substances - Abstain From Use
  10. Alcohol - Abstain From Use
  11. Biological Fluid Testing
  12. Community Service - Free Services
  13. Education Course
  14. Prescribing Practices Course
  15. Medical Record Keeping Course
  16. Professionalism Program (Ethics Course)
  17. Professional Boundaries Program
  18. Clinical Competence Assessment Program
  19. Written Examination
  20. Psychiatric Evaluation
  21. Psychotherapy
  22. Medical Evaluation and Treatment
  23. Monitoring - Practice/Billing
  24. Solo Practice Prohibition
  25. Third Party Chaperone
  26. Prohibited Practice

Physician Criminal Reporting Requirement

California Business and Professions Code §802.1 requires physicians to file a report to the Medical Board if (1) criminally charged with a felony, or (2) convicted of a felony or misdemeanor. Health facilities and peers have reporting requirements under §805.

Physician Substance Abuse

Many of our cases involve physicians whose licenses are at risk due to drug or alcohol substance abuse. A Mayo Clinic research report found that 10-12% of physicians develop a substance abuse disorder during their careers. They cite several contributing factors including work stress and a ready access to drugs.  If a physician is alleged to have a substance abuse issue, our medical practice act defense attorneys will carefully review the unique facts of each situation to determine the best defense strategy.


Last updated 7.16.18


This information does not constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for individual case consultation and research. No representations are made as to the accuracy of this information and appropriate legal counsel should be consulted before taking any actions.  Contact us for a free consultation regarding your specific case and facts.


Call 949 750-2500 for a Free Consultation

Our experienced, discrete attorneys will confidentially review your case, your legal options and how we can help. We represent California physicians from our office in Orange County.



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Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 750-2500
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