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Health Law
Health Law

Health Licensing Board Defense

Winthrop’s health care team, which comprises, among others, former Assistant Attorneys General who used to handle these cases on behalf of the State, represents clients in relation to license issues before a wide variety of Boards and regulatory agencies.  We understand the nuances of the licensing board investigative and enforcement process, and can deftly navigate the competing issues at play in defending health licensing board complaints.

Our Approach

We understand how critical it is to maintain an unblemished professional license.  Whether you are applying for a license or have been threatened with getting your license disciplined or even revoked, our team can help you navigate through the  process, walk you through procedures associated with licensing board activity, and, if being disciplined, help resolve any issues. When your license – your livelihood and reputation – is on the line, we work with you to make sure you understand your rights, and then together devise a strategy to get you through, so you can focus on your work. Our team has experience representing clients before a wide range of Boards, including the Board of Medical Practice, Board of Nursing, Board of Dentistry, Board of Pharmacy, and others, in Minnesota and in numerous other states.  We have particular experience representing providers in connection with the Health Professionals Services Program (HPSP).

Clients Include

  • Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacies
  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors
  • Social Workers


  • Negligence or failure to exercise due care
  • Incompetence or failure to comply with minimal standards of care
  • Substance abuse or mental or physical inability
  • Misdemeanor or felony criminal charges
  • Alteration or destruction of medical records
  • Unprofessional conduct
  • Administrative action by a licensure, registration, disciplinary, or certification board by another state
  • Practice outside the scope of a license
  • Betrayal of professional confidence
  • Improper prescribing or administering drugs

Notable Experience

  • Represented many licensed professionals before boards of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and social work in several different jurisdictions.
  • Represented nurses in connection with complaints brought against them by the Minnesota Department of Human Services with respect to alleged documentation issues. Successfully resolved the complaints against them which were dismissed in their entirety.
  • Represented a pharmacy chain in connection with a medication error. Successfully obtained dismissal of the complaint in its entirety.
  • Represented a physician in connection with repeated reports of noncompliance from the Minnesota Health Professional Services Program. Successfully obtained a dismissal of the complaint and the physician’s release from HPSP.