Administrative Advocacy


Collora LLP defends its clients not only in criminal investigations and proceedings, but whenever government agencies seek to impose sanctions, limitations, discipline, or fines.  Collora’s attorneys are skilled in administrative advocacy, representing companies, medical practices, licensed professionals, researchers, educators, and students in proceedings brought by governmental agencies.  This experience includes hearings brought in front of regulatory boards, hearing officers, and administrative law judges (“ALJs”), as well as hearings hosted by private institutions and associations that have the power to take action against a client’s privileges or professional status.

Our experience affords us deep insight into governmental agencies and their unique hearing processes, and as civil and criminal litigators, we have the skills necessary to build and to present an effective case on our client’s behalf.  We understand what is persuasive and important to ALJs, and know what governmental agencies look for when they initiate proceedings. We also know how and when an agency might be persuaded to drop a proceeding, or to reach a compromise solution that keeps a client in business and out of the news. Clients turn to Collora to advocate in matters involving many governmental agencies, including:

  • Department of Defense

  • Department of Health and Human Services

  • Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Drug Enforcement Administration

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

  • Food and Drug Administration

  • Internal Revenue Service

  • Massachusetts Board of Accountancy

  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers

  • Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine

  • Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health

  • Massachusetts Department of Professional Licensure

  • Massachusett Department of Revenue

  • Massachusetts Securities Division

  • Massachusetts State Ethics Commission

  • MassHealth

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  • Office of Campaign and Political Finance

  • Securities and Exchange Commission

Collora attorneys also appear in hearing forums of private institutions and associations, and prepare clients to advocate effectively for themselves in those limited circumstances where counsel is not permitted. In so doing, we have developed an in-depth understanding of private forum advocacy involving institutions and associations, such as:

  • Chicago Board Options Exchange

  • Disciplinary Boards of Schools and Colleges

  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

  • Hospital Peer Review Panels

  • Judicial Conduct Commission

  • Private health insurance companies (e.g., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Tufts Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care)

  • Public Company Accounting Oversight Board