Governmental regulation of business, industry, and land owners is a fact of life in today’s society. Virginia and federal agencies are required to comply with basic rules of conduct, and our experienced regulatory attorneys know how to effectively present your case at all levels of the regulatory and appeals process, including appeals to the Virginia Supreme Court. Our attorneys’ broad range of expertise in administrative law can help you obtain the necessary licenses and permits or defend disciplinary enforcement actions.

Governmental agencies have discretionary powers to regulate within their statutory mandate, and their decisions can have immediate and profound effects on your ability to practice your profession and remain in business. A thorough understanding of each agency’s procedures and protocols is vital to protect your interests.

Our attorneys regularly work with and appear before many different local, state, and federal agencies, including:

  • Municipal Wetland Boards
  • Municipal Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Boards
  • City and County Planning Boards
  • City and County Zoning Boards
  • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • State legislative committees
  • North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE)
  • Virginia Department of Health
    • Board of Medicine
    • Board of Veterinary Medicine
  • Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    • Charitable and Regulatory Programs
  • Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission
  • Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    • Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors Board
    • Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects
    • Real Estate Board
    • Board for Contractors
  • Virginia Board of Education
  • Child Day-Care Counsel
  • Virginia Retirement System
  • Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Consumer Protection Section of the Office of the Attorney General
  • Virginia Department of Social Services
  • U.S. Accountability Office
  • Virginia Department of Labor & Industry
    • Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program (VOSH/OSHA)
Practicing Attorneys

  • Paul R. Schmidt

    4705 Columbus Street, Suite 100 Virginia Beach, VA 23462-6749
    DirectLine: (757) 518-2380
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