License Defense Lawyers In Indianapolis

Professional License Defense

If you are under investigation by the Indiana Professional License Agency or the Indiana Attorney General, or have already been charged by the Indiana Attorney General and are in jeopardy of having your professional license suspended or revoked, turn to our experienced attorneys. When your future is at stake, you need knowledgeable attorneys who handle professional license defense. We can hold your hand through the process and guide you toward the best possible outcome.

Professional License Defense Services

Any time you receive a letter or communication from a professional licensing agency of Indiana, or the Indiana attorney general’s office, it’s time to contact Hackman Hulett LLP. It’s your livelihood at stake and you need experienced attorneys who can handle the matter correctly. Our seasoned professional license defense attorneys know just what to do.

Professional Licenses We Defend

We can represent anyone who is licensed in the state of Indiana, except for attorneys, who regulate themselves. Many of our professional license defense clients include, but are not limited to:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Mental health practitioners
  • Social workers
  • Therapists
  • Realtors
  • Real estate agents
  • Appraisers
  • Home inspectors
  • Surveyors
  • Plumbers
  • Athletic trainers
  • Private investigators
  • Veterinarians
  • Security guards
  • Pharmacists
  • Midwives
  • Genetic counselors

Unique Professional Licensing Experience

Our firm’s attorneys have represented both sides of professional licensing cases: as prosecutors and as defense attorneys.


Attorney Ellen Morrison Townsend specializes in defending realtors’ and real estate agents’ professional licenses. She is considered one of Indiana’s preeminent attorneys for real estate licensing issues, and real estate agencies’ insurance companies specifically request her for their defense.

Situations that Put Your Professional License at Risk

A professional license may be at risk for myriad reasons. Many of these reasons have nothing to do with job performance, nor mistakes made at work. Things that happen in your personal life can have serious repercussions in your professional life if you fail to disclose them to your professional licensing board.


These are just a few of the causes that may jeopardize your professional license:


  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
  • Substance abuse
  • Drug diversion
  • Allegations of misconduct
  • Inappropriate romantic relationships with clients or patients
  • Medical malpractice
  • Medical insurance fraud
  • Theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Illegally prescribing narcotics
  • Criminal charges

When to Contact Our Indiana Professional License Defense Lawyers

In the state of Indiana, you are ethically obligated to disclose–to your professional licensing board–such things as being arrested for a DWI, even if it is deferred to a reckless driving charge. Your criminal defense attorney may have told you otherwise. But that is incorrect advice. Neglecting to disclose the offense likely will result in a communication from your professional licensing board or the attorney general’s office within a year. This letter of complaint may notify you that you are under investigation for renewal fraud of your license. That’s when you need to call us. But we can help at any stage of the professional license defense process.

Professional Licensing Defense Process

Ideally, you would reach out to our attorneys at the very beginning—as soon as you receive a complaint letter. But we can help defend you at any stage, even if that means you’ve been blindsided by charges out of the blue.

  1. Complaint. We review your complaint and then contact the attorney general’s office to request more time to draft an appropriate response.
  2. Response. Next, we thoroughly research your case and gather information and evidence to prepare a solid response. After reviewing the response carefully with you to see if any changes should be made, we send our response to the attorney general’s office.
  3. Waiting for charges. We wait to see whether the attorney general will bring charges against you. Depending on your profession, the waiting period could be as short as a month or as long as a year.
    Settlement. If charges are filed against you, then we work to find a real and reasonable defense to make the charges go away. This may involve contacting the attorney general’s office and proposing a settlement or reaching an agreement in order to avoid a hearing.
  4. Hearing. If we do not reach a settlement, then we defend you in a hearing in front of your peers. This can be a potentially embarrassing and highly emotional and difficult setting. It’s important to have our experienced attorneys sitting beside you, understanding how the process works, and helping you through it all.
  5. License reinstated. The ideal outcome after negotiating or litigating your case is to have all privileges and rights of your professional license reinstated.

Many professionals make the mistake of hiring criminal defense attorneys—who have rarely practiced in front of boards—to represent them before professional licensing boards. But the same rules do not apply there as they do in court. Rules of evidence, hearsay and the regular objection strategies that work in trial court may not work in the administrative setting. That’s why it’s critical to hire the experienced professional license defense attorneys of Hackman Hulett LLP.

Why Choose Hackman Hulett LLP for Professional License Defense Services?

When you reach out to Hackman Hulett LLP, you will connect with an experienced professional license defense attorney who will treat you with care and respect. We offer personalized, straightforward and efficient service.

The Right Lawyers for Defending Your Professional License

Our attorneys at Hackman Hulett LLP are well versed in professional license defense. Professional license defense is like the Wild West, where the regular objection strategies used in court just do not apply. Contact us to see how we can help you with your issue.

Contact our Professional License Defense Attorneys Today

Contact us online, or call our Downtown Indianapolis office at 317-636-5401 or our Northside office at 317-344-2111. Discuss your legal issues directly with a seasoned professional license defense lawyer. We can help you navigate complex issues related to professional license defense.

Our experienced attorneys will speak with you directly to make a meaningful determination about how best to represent your case.