Saving Professional Licenses
When you face the loss of your professional livelihood, you need help from an attorney who understands how these unique legal proceedings work.
At the Law Office of Zachary D. Wechsler, APC, Mr. Wechsler offers you more than 18 years of experience in professional licensing defense and state bar proceedings. On top of that Mr. Wechsler also holds extensive experience as a professional writer.
This rare combination of legal acumen and writing ability allows Mr. Wechsler to offer you the kind of legal representation best suited to protecting your professional livelihood. Many of these proceedings can be addressed through effectively drafted communications. Where they cannot, Mr. Wechsler can then draw upon a broad knowledge base in these professional licensing and state bar matters gained from service in a number of positions:
He was appointed to a four-year term on the Committee of Bar Examiners by the then Board of Governors of the State Bar of California.
He served as deputy attorney general for the state of California. During that time, he represented several state boards and agencies.
He was appointed special master by the State Bar of California to accompany peace officers in conducting searches for documentary evidence under the control of attorneys, physicians, psychotherapists and clergy members.
Why Does Experience Matter?
Successful representation of professionals and their licenses requires a different set of legal skills than those of a civil litigator or criminal defense attorney. Resolution of cases often involves working closely with clients, as well as with opposing counsel and investigators for the agency involved, understanding the culture of each particular agency and the specific application of the law necessary to achieve a particular outcome.
Mr. Wechsler's experience and accompanying skill set enable that exact approach. Therefore, if you are facing legal proceedings that will affect your ability to practice as a licensed professional in your field, contact the firm as soon as possible. The sooner you contact Mr. Wechsler, the sooner he can begin taking proactive steps in mitigation and gathering the necessary information and developing a successful strategy to save your license.
Take Advantage Of A Proactive Approach
Mr. Wechsler does not sit around and wait for charges to be filed before stepping into action. Usually, there are proactive steps to be taken to demonstrate mitigation and rehabilitation that can soften the blow of a disciplinary action. Often, the best defense is a good offense and that means knowledge of the law and of successful legal strategies that can best position you and your case, even before a charge has been filed.
Call from anywhere in California at 800-621-0945 for a free phone consultation. You can also reach the firm by email.
Why Does Experience Matter?
Successful representation of professionals requires a different set of legal skills than those of a civil litigator or criminal defense attorney. Resolution of cases often involves working closely with clients, counsel and investigators for the agency involved and understanding the culture of each particular agency and the specific application of the law necessary to achieve a particular outcome.
Mr. Wechsler's experience and accompanying skill set enables us to do exactly that. Therefore, if you are facing legal proceedings that will affect your ability to practice as a licensed professional in your field, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can begin gathering the necessary information and developing a successful strategy to save your license.
We provide experience defending attorneys in state bar investigations and prosecutions, advising law students on their moral character applications, and advising medical licensees and professionals on their applications and license discipline defense.
Helping Professionals Obtain And Retain Their Licenses
The firm's clientele runs the gamut from seasoned professionals facing professional discipline to applicants facing moral character inquiries or other licensing problems. Some of the firm's clients have made no mistakes and just need a strong, experienced advocate to handle their matters. At the Law Office of Zachary D. Wechsler, APC, Mr. Wechsler understands the harm an unjust accusation can do to a career. He excels in presenting evidence and arguing vigorously on behalf of clients. He has experience in representing the very agencies clients face as adversaries. He understands the processes and procedures necessary to bring matters to a quick resolution.
Helping Professionals And Potential Licensees Take Responsibility For Their Missteps*
At the Law Office of Zachary D. Wechsler, APC, Mr. Wechsler is committed to helping clients professionally recover from bad decisions and bad luck by protecting their licenses, livelihoods and occasionally their lives. There is a high incidence of substance abuse among professional licensees. Perhaps it comes with the territory. Getting one's life and career back on track often run hand in hand.
As difficult as it may be to believe, state agencies are not in the business of punishing their licensees. Licensees may be disciplined, but only as a result of an agency's perceived need to protect the public.
Mr. Wechsler understands how rehabilitation and mitigation impact an agency's need to impose discipline. He offers clients an effective proactive approach that takes into account an agency's culture and cases in an effort to build the most persuasive case for minimizing any potential discipline.
For example, problems do not disappear of their own accord. Licensing problems are often intensified when licensees do not acknowledge their mistakes from the beginning. The cover-up is always worse than the crime. At the Law Office of Zachary D. Wechsler, APC, clients can come to terms with their issues to avoid compounding their problems.
According to Abraham Lincoln, "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." When you are ready to face your problems directly, take remedial measures and reclaim your reputation, contact the Law Office of Zachary D. Wechsler, APC, in Los Angeles.
Combining Real-World Experience With Professional Practice
Prior to entering the field of law, attorney Zach Wechsler worked as a screenwriter and producer. This real-world experience taught him how life works outside the courtroom. It also taught him how to make compelling verbal and written arguments that impact and influence others.
Mr. Wechsler went on to work as a deputy attorney general for the state of California and was appointed to the State Bar of California's Committee of Bar Examiners. In those capacities, he learned what professional licensing boards look for when conducting investigations into disciplinary matters, admitting applicants or conducting administrative hearings. He discovered how to get his clients to an endpoint and move on, and he fine-tuned his straight-shooter approach to cut through extraneous details and get right to the core issues. Mr. Wechsler is a no-nonsense straight shooter. He does not tell clients what they want to hear. He tells it like it is.
As Abraham Lincoln once said: "When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and true maxim that 'a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.' So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the great highroad to his reason, and which, once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing him of the justice of your cause, if indeed that cause is really a good one."
Because he knows the licensing boards have other cases to prosecute, Mr. Wechsler works with those agencies to minimize clients' exposure by obtaining the best practicable result, limiting clients' potential liability at each step.
Working To Protect Your Best Interests
As a certified mediator and a member of the Southern California Mediation Association, Mr. Wechsler has made Abraham Lincoln's directive part of his practice: "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker, the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough." Mr. Wechsler works to bring people together by quietly persuading opposing counsel. If and when reason proves ineffective, he is more than prepared and ready to fight for you.
Recognizing that justice costs money, Mr. Wechsler is upfront about his fees. He works to efficiently resolve your legal and licensing challenges while tenaciously protecting your rights and interests. Contact the Law Office of Zachary D. Wechsler, APC, to schedule a free telephone consultation to learn how Mr. Wechsler's office can be of assistance to you.
*"I am not concerned that you have fallen; I am concerned that you arise." Abraham Lincoln Speech in Washington, D.C., 1865