Professional Licensing and Disciplinary Matters
Because experience counts when it comes to licensing matters.
A licensing matter can quickly put a licensed professional’s livelihood in danger. Whether facing allegations of chemical dependency, abuse, or other behavior alleged to impact a license, competent, experienced trial attorneys should be consulted. The team at Katz Korin Cunningham is the one to consult for licensing needs.
Our commitment to supporting medical professionals who are dealing with licensing or disciplinary issues is supported by the two newest members of our team — Brian Park and Erika Steuerwald — who have an impressive background focused on professional licensing defense. Brian and Erika join our experienced team of attorneys dedicated to protecting the licenses of professionals.
Brian Park brings a substantial background with professional licensing matters to Katz Korin Cunningham. Prior to joining the firm, Brian was a deputy attorney general who has extensive experience in litigation successfully defending several constitutional challenges to state statutes, including the Right to Farm Act (Indiana Code § 32-30-6-9), Indiana’s municipal dual-employment prohibition (Indiana Code § 3-5-9), and Indiana’s major political party statute (Indiana Code § 3-5-2-30). He was the lead trial court attorney on several significant cases impacting Indiana law, achieving favorable trial court decisions that were ultimately upheld on appeal. Most importantly, Brian served as legal counsel to several state agencies and boards, including The Indiana Board of Medical Examiners, the Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Indiana School for the Deaf, and the Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission. Having acted as legal adviser to multiple professional licensing boards, he is intimately familiar with the laws, rules, and procedures involving professional license discipline. He now applies this experience in accepting clients involved in disciplinary matters, beginning with initial complaint investigations, to personal appearances or hearings before a licensing board, and up through administrative judicial review appeals.
Erika Steuerwald brings a significant background in representing health care practitioner’s whose license is being investigated or restricted by a professional licensing board to the team of health care attorneys at Katz Korin Cunningham. Investigations and restrictions against a license may result from complaints filed by patients or others against the practitioner or from arrests, concerns over substance abuse or referrals from other investigative agencies such as the DEA. If a health care practitioner is notified of an investigation, the best action to take is to retain an experienced attorney. Erika is intimately aware of the actions and procedure used in board proceedings. Prior to joining Katz Korin Cunningham, Erika worked as a deputy attorney general in the Indiana Office of the Attorney General’s Medical Licensing Section. She investigated licensure complaints against health care practitioners including physicians and nurses. Erika also has experience working with the Indiana State Department of health focusing on administrative litigation and regulatory enforcement. As a result, she knows those investigating a complaint, she is well versed in the procedure with a complaint, and she is knowledgeable about protecting the health care practitioner’s rights. She understands the devastating impact an investigation might have with a professional license. Erika should be contacted to assist with appearances before a board, substance abuse recovery, and be by their side to provide counsel and assistance at any hearing.