Medical License Defense

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California Medical License Defense Attorney

Representing California Physicians & Surgeons

California medical license defense attorney representing physicians facing investigations, statement of issues, accusations and disciplinary actions from the Medical Board of California.

State & Federal Criminal Defense for Doctors

Licensing and criminal defense attorney for DUI, criminal charges, Medicare fraud, Medicaid fraud and DEA investigations by Federal and state agencies.

Experienced Former Government Prosecutor

When the stakes are high, our former Prosecutor will skillfully work to protect your license, your reputation and your career.

Medical Board of California License Defense Attorney


Everyone can make a mistake, but for California physicians a mistake or even an accusation of a mistake can jeopardize your license and your career. Simply being accused of an ethics violation, medical malpractice, criminal charge or substance abuse issue can trigger disciplinary actions that ruin your reputation and career.

You take care of patients – now let us protect you

If you are facing an investigation or disciplinary action by the Medical Board of California (MBC), give us a call.

We understand the pressure you are dealing with and are 100% focused on protecting you and your license. We do not judge, we are only here to help.

Medical Practice Act defense lawyer in Orange County

We have a wealth of experience representing physicians and surgeons from our office in Orange County, CA. You can depend on us to skillfully defend you and help you minimize exposure to sanctions or other CA Medical Board disciplinary actions.

Medical Criminal Defense Lawyer

Many of our cases involve medical professionals whose licenses are at risk due to substance abuse, arrests, convictions, insurance fraud or DUI medical license issues.

Our seasoned former government prosecutor is adept at navigating the complex intersection of California criminal, licensing and Federal criminal law.

Medicare Fraud Attorney

Medicare fraud cases can encompass False Claims Act, anti-kickback, Stark Law and health care fraud statutes. Our team defends healthcare providers experiencing Medicare fraud investigations or charges by the Medicare fraud control unit.

Physician DEA Investigations

Our lawyers represent DEA registrants with criminal and disciplinary actions initiated by DEA diversion investigators for alleged violations of DEA license regulations including the Controlled Substances Act.

Medi-Cal Fraud Attorney

Healthcare providers facing Medicaid investigations and audits can be subject to Medicaid fraud penalties including criminal charges, license actions and financial penalties.

Our California Medicaid fraud attorney represents healthcare providers with Medicaid fraud investigator audits – often initiated in response to a complaint received from a patient, whistleblower or Medicaid plan.

Don't let a mistake ruin your career.  Call to learn your legal options.


Call 949 750-2500 for Help

Our experienced, discrete attorneys know how to protect your license, your reputation and your career. We represent Los Angeles and all California physicians from our office in Newport Beach.


Licensing Consultation and Analysis

If you would like to book a 1 hour legal analysis and advice session on your licensing case, please visit the page below.


New MBC iOS app pushes physician discipline alerts to consumers

MBC announced July 2018 the release of a new Medical Board of California iOS app for consumers. The free app is designed ensure rapid distribution of license actions and notifications to consumers. The app immediately pushes out alerts to consumers whenever their physician has received complaint or license disciplinary action. California is the first state to enact this concept.

California Medical Board Disciplinary Actions

Many physicians assume the Medical Board is on their side. Unfortunately this is not true. The MBC takes misconduct allegations seriously and they quickly file California Medical Board disciplinary actions against physicians and surgeons for misconduct.

It is critical to consult a lawyer experienced in handling physician medical board license defense to help avoid the many risks inherent in investigation and disciplinary proceedings.

Medical Board statistics show complaints are rising

Medical Board of California statistics show during 2009-2017 complaints and investigations of Physicians & Surgeons surged 49% from 6,437 to 9,619.

Complaints of gross negligence and unprofessional conduct were by far the most prevalent with the public. During fiscal year 2016-2017:

  • 9,619 total complaints were filed

  • 6,161 (64%) of the total complaints were filed by the public

  • 4,746 gross negligence/incompetence complaints filed

  • 2,331 unprofessional conduct complaints filed

  • 640 insurer and attorney reports of malpractice filed

  • 379 unlicensed/unregistered complaints filed

  • 161 fraud complaints filed

  • 425 cases referred by investigators to the Attorney General

  • 43 cases referred for criminal action


Physician Complaints Received

Physician complaints received by the Medical Board of California from 2007 to 2017

Complaints Received by Type, 2017

Number of complaints to Medical Board of California by type during fiscal year 2017

CA Medical Board Disciplinary Actions & Options

The Medical Board of California implements a wide range of disciplinary actions depending on the circumstances. The Medical Board of California Manual of Model Disciplinary Orders and Disciplinary Guidelines defines the types of orders that may be implemented and the recommended range of penalties for violations.

MBC model disciplinary orders & optional conditions that may be ordered include:

  1. Revocation - Single Cause

  2. Revocation - Multiple Causes

  3. Standard Stay Order

  4. Actual Suspension

  5. Controlled Substances - Total Restriction

  6. Controlled Substances - Surrender of DEA Permit

  7. Controlled Substances - Partial Restriction

  8. Controlled Substances - Maintain Records and Access To Records & Inventories

  9. Controlled Substances - Abstain From Use

  10. Alcohol - Abstain From Use

  11. Biological Fluid Testing

  12. Community Service - Free Services

  13. Education Course

  14. Prescribing Practices Course

  15. Medical Record Keeping Course

  16. Professionalism Program (Ethics Course)

  17. Professional Boundaries Program

  18. Clinical Competence Assessment Program

  19. Written Examination

  20. Psychiatric Evaluation

  21. Psychotherapy

  22. Medical Evaluation and Treatment

  23. Monitoring - Practice/Billing

  24. Solo Practice Prohibition

  25. Third Party Chaperone

  26. Prohibited Practice

Physician Criminal Reporting Requirement

California Business and Professions Code §802.1 requires physicians to file a report to the Medical Board if (1) criminally charged with a felony, or (2) convicted of a felony or misdemeanor. Health facilities and peers have reporting requirements under §805.

Physician Substance Abuse

Many of our cases involve physicians whose licenses are at risk due to drug or alcohol substance abuse. A Mayo Clinic research report found that 10-12% of physicians develop a substance abuse disorder during their careers. They cite several contributing factors including work stress and a ready access to drugs.

If a physician is alleged to have a substance abuse issue, our medical practice act defense attorneys will carefully review the unique facts of each situation to determine the best defense strategy.


Last updated 11.2.18


This information does not constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for individual case consultation and research. No representations are made as to the accuracy of this information and appropriate legal counsel should be consulted before taking any actions.  Contact us for a free consultation regarding your specific case and facts.


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Our experienced, discrete attorneys know how to protect your license, your reputation and your career. We represent Los Angeles and all California physicians from our office in Newport Beach.



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