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ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

The framework of state and federal regulation has put an emphasis on handling many types of complex business and policy issues before administrative agencies rather than in court or the legislative branch. Administrative Law practice is primarily the practice of representing clients before executive branch regulatory agencies and in appeals from those agencies’ decisions. We represent public and private clients before federal, state, and local administrative bodies, such as:

 

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

  • Texas Department of Insurance

  • Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

  • Public Utility Commission of Texas

  • Texas Railroad Commission

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Texas Secretary of State

  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

  • Texas Plumbing Board

  • Texas Board of Engineers

 

Our clients have included major corporations, small entrepreneurial businesses, various governmental entities, and individual license holders. Administrative practice frequently requires sophisticated or complex technical, economic, or ratemaking analysis. Given Gilbert Wilburn’s expertise with environmental and regulatory issues and administrative law, the skills and knowledge that we have acquired when helping a client in one industry often can be used in other areas.

 

We represent clients in contested cases before administrative agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. Some hearings are short 1-day proceedings and involve only a few witnesses, while other cases have taken several years involving multiple parties and witnesses. Development of case strategy and pre-hearing preparation plays a major role in obtaining a successful outcome. The selection of an attorney with both administrative training and actual experience within the structure of an administrative agency is important to the team's effectiveness.

 

We assist clients in preparing and filing public comments to proposed administrative rules and policy and in petitioning agencies to adopt regulations that affect their businesses. We are prepared to challenge rules that adversely affect our clients’ interests.

 

We often advise public and private clients regarding compliance with the Texas Public Information and Open Meetings Acts, including the preparation of letters concerning public information requests, the disclosure of sensitive documents, and treatment of homeland security information, trade secret information, and personnel information.

 

We have also worked as expert witnesses and mediators.