Recent Reviews & Results

Professional licensing is a very specific area of law. James B. Goldberg & Associates' ability to focus on this area has allowed our firm to obtain successful results for our clients.

Clinical Social Worker
Clinical social worker accused of threatening another staff member

In this matter our client was accused of making extreme threatening remarks to another staff member that caused her to fear for her safety. In our ability to provide evidence that contradicted the complainants testimony we were able to close the case at the board level.
RN
Registered Nurse received a formal complaint from IDFPR

In this matter our client received a complaint that she was sleeping on her shift while a patient drank cleaning fluid and expired. We did a complete investigation into every detail of the night in question and prepared our client for a board meeting. The case was closed.
Clinical Counselor
Clinical counselor accused of deleting patient records

In this matter our client was accused by her school of deleting all of the records pertaining to her patient/students after she left her job. Through research we were able to establish that the school IT department was aware of technical difficulties with our client's hard drive and that our client was not the only individual with access to her computer. Furthermore, we were able to establish that our client provided hard copies of the records to the school before she left her job. The case was closed.
RN
Registered nurse was given a Notice of Intent to deny her license based on criminal background and lack of disclosure on her application.

In this matter our client failed to disclose that she had a retail theft conviction from Sears in her background when applying for a nurse license. Our firm was able to get her an unrestricted license without even having to appear for a board meeting.
Professional Design License
Petition to Restore License

In this matter our client's administrative staff forgot to renew his individual and company license with an extreme amount of money in deals pending. He was given notice of expired status. I was personally able to drive three (3) hours to Springfield and remain in the IDFPR licensing unit office all day until his license was restored. The normal process would have taken at least 3 months.
Roofer
Roofer received a complaint from IDFPR that she used unlicensed workers.

In this matter our client received a complaint that the OSHA found unlicensed roofing work taking place at a property in Mahomet, Illinois. Furthermore, before hiring us our client was sent a consent order in the mail asking her to accept a public reprimand and a $3,000.00 fine. After our research into the case and requesting a board conference the matter was closed with no discipline or fine.
RN
Registered Nurse accused of drug diversion at HCR Manorcare

In this matter our client received a complaint to IDFPR regarding alleged drug diversion. We prepared our client and appeared with her at her board meeting and closed her case. An updated evaluation was submitted.
Physician
Our client received a notice of intent to deny his license application for alleged "unprofessional conduct": On an unknown date in 2011, a complaint was filed against Applicant with the state medical board of Ohio, alleging applicant failed to disclose a 1989 arrest for driving while intoxicated. Following an investigation, the state medical board of Ohio determined that applicant failed to answer its application questions in a correct and candid manner.

In this case, we researched the Ohio medical board statutes and determined that though our client submitted an application in Ohio in 2011, it had not officially been "processed", since the Ohio board requested more information about the DUI, and therefore he had time to withdraw the Ohio application prior to it being actionable. Because of our research and submision thereof to IFDPR, it granted our client a license with no restrictions.
Real Estate Broker

Real Estate Broker received a 5 count formal complaint alleging that while the designated managing broker, she signed the listing agreement for a property. The listing agreement contained the wrong managing broker's name and omitted certain information, including the listing price and the seller's name. Respondant failed to properly supervise a sponsored licensee who provided inaccurate information to a potential buyer, made premature changes to the listing in the MLS, and failed to tender an offer in a timely manner.

In this matter, 3 licensees were named in the formal complaint, and in an informal conference we were able to provide evidence that our client, although managing brokers, was not and could not be responsible. Our client received a non-reportable non-disciplinary order.

Appraiser
Appraiser had a two Count Complaint filed against her for allegedly making errors and or omissions contributing to a “misleading report.”

In this matter we requested an informal conference with the appraisal board and after preparing the client for what issues the board was looking for we were able to close the case with no discipline.
Physician
Physician disclosed on his application that he received a DUI while in the Navy where he was reprimanded and put into an aftercare program.

In this matter we obtained an updated evaluation and a new evaluation from the Navy and met with the Physician board and received a license with no restrictions.
Real Estate Broker
Real Estate broker allegedly allowed employee to work on active license while being sponsored by another broker.

In this case, our client had a two-count formal complaint filed against her for allegedly allowing another broker to work on an active file concerning a property while his license was being held by another sponsoring broker without permission. In our representation of the client, we appeared in front of the Real Estate board and were able to get a non-disciplinary order for our client.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse allegedly failed to follow the policy and procedure of her facility by failing to report abuse of a resident; allegedly falsified records regarding possible abuse of a resident and failed to report the termination.

In this case, our client was accused of failing to report abuse of a resident and falsifying records regarding the abuse. In our preparation prior to meeting the nursing board, we were able to obtain all of the medical records and mitigate the facts regarding our clients involvement. The matter was closed.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse was accused of buying alcohol for a patient’s father while driving him to Detox.

In this case, our client was accused of unprofessional conduct for allegedly buying alcohol for a patient’s father while driving him to Detox. We appeared in front of the nursing board with mitigating circumstances and closed the case.

Pharmacist
Pharmacists was accused by Osco Pharmacy that she misappropriated cash

In this case Osco Pharmacy made a complaint to IDFPR and provided pictures of my client allegedly taking money from self service check out that wasn't hers. We were able to review all of Osco's evidence and provide counter evidence to establish that she did not take any money. The case was closed.

Managing Broker's License
Petition to Restore

In this case, our client's managing broker's license was suspended for failing to remit earnest money, and operating an entity that was not registered with the Department. In this case, a Petition to Restore was filed and a disciplinary conference was had with the Real Estate Board. Our firm did research into phone records, bank records, domestic relations pleadings and obtained affidavits and convinced the Board to allow his reinstatement.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse charged with theft, retail theft, forgery, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of burglary tools, possession of cannabis

In this case our client was given a notice of disciplinary conference. At the conference we were able to establish by evidence that it was not our client that committed these offenses but her boyfriend. In fact her case was dropped to a criminal supervision. IDFPR closed the case.

Registered Nurse
Registered nurse accused of diverting controlled substances from Christ Advocate Medical Center and having discrepancies in mediation administration/charting
In this case our client was given a notice of Disciplinary Conference for being on the narcotic transaction report at her facility over the standard deviation, failing to chart/waste and for being responsible for a dilaudid PCA being missing. At the conference we were able to establish that the missing dilaudid was not her responsibility and that there were no charting errors. This case was closed.
Managing Broker
Application for a Managing Broker's License

In this case, our client had his Appraisal license suspended for substandard work. He retained our services which included obtaining a managing broker's license while at the same time defending his allegations from the Appraisal Board to the Real Estate Board prior to licensure. Our client obtained a managing broker's license with no restrictions.

Registered Nurse
Petition for Restoration/Modification

In this case our client was put on a two (2) year indefinite probation for narcotic diversion and for pleading guilty to a felony charge of forgery in that she allegedly stole a prescription pad. After one (1) year our firm filed a petition to modify some of the restrictions of her probation and in doing so we were able to lift enough restrictions to allow her to gain employment.

Registered Nurse
Petition for Restoration

In this matter our client came to us with a previous probation for pleading guilty to three (3) separate DUI charges. As a result of her probation she was not able to work registry, traveling, float pool or in a supervised setting, no night shifts, no 3 12-hour shifts on consecutive days, no access to narcotics including dispensing and no supervisory position for a period of one year. Our firm filed a Petition to Restore and got her license off of probationary status with no restriction.

Managing Broker
Managing Broker was accused of taking money from his trust account for personal use and for not returning escrow funds and for writing a check with insufficient funds from his escrow account.

In this case our client failed to get his buyer to sign off on a release to return earnest money from a sale that didn’t go through. When he eventually attempted to return the money there were no funds in his trust fund account. After further investigation by the IDFPR it was discovered that our client was allegedly using trust account money for personal use. A complaint was filed and we appeared in front of the real estate board. These allegations are usually quite serious but we prepared our client enough to have his complaint dismissed with no discipline.

Roofer
Roofer was accused of extending his license to an unlicensed individual to use it to perform work

In this matter our client received a notice of informal conference because a complaint was made to IDFPR that he allowed an unlicensed roofer to use his license to obtain permits for residential construction jobs near Paris, Illinois. In meeting with the roofing Board, we were able to convince the Board not to seek disciplinary action and agreed to a non-disciplinary order based on mitigating circumstances we were able to present. Other similar cases have been resulting in disciplines and large fines. Not ours.

Registered Nurse
Registered nurse was given a ten (10) year suspension and was seeking to restore her license only six (6) years into the suspension term.

In this matter our client was previously suspended by the IDFPR after a hearing for a period of ten (10) years for various substance abuse violations and for allegedly falsifying documentation from IDFPR to obtain a job and for a history of disciplines in the past. She came to us with an objective of restoring her license only six (6) years into her ten (10) year suspension term. Our firm filed a Petition to Restore on her behalf and not only encouraged the nursing Board to hear our case but convinced it to allow her to be restored immediately to unrestricted status. This was obviously one of best nursing accomplishments.

Pharmacy
Pharmacist was accused of failing to notify the IDFPR of a Pharmacy-In-Charge change and failing to conduct a final inventory upon exiting as PIC.

In this matter our client received a Notice of Disciplinary Conference regarding his alleged failure to notify the IDFPR of his PIC change and for his lack of PIC exit inventory. We were able to establish with the pharmacy Board through extensive evidence that an inventory was indeed taken on the morning of our client’s parting as the PIC and that a PIC notification was submitted to the IDFPR but that the Pharmacy owner refused to allow our client to sign it. The case was closed.

Physician
Physician Was Accused of Practicing Medicine for Two (2) Years While Employed By A Corporation With No License

In this matter our client received a formal complaint from IDFPR that for a period of two (2) years she was practicing medicine and filling prescriptions for home bound patients while employed by a corporation whose president and owner did not hold a valid license. Furthermore, our client received compensation from this corporation. In meeting with the medical board we were able to establish certain mitigating circumstances on behalf of our client that allowed us to obtain a non-disciplinary order for her. Among other minor conditions, our client was required to complete extra continuing education hours. The non-disciplinary order is not a public discipline.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse Had A Formal Complaint Regarding A Malpractice Action And Her Failure To Report Its Settlement

In this matter our client had a formal complaint flied against her for being named in a malpractice action that settled for $699,900.00 and for failing to report it to IDFPR. Our firm was able to establish with the nursing board that certain medical records were not available to our client upon intake that would have made her decide to designate a patient as a “risk for fall.” Furthermore, we were able to establish that her facility did not notify her of the settlement and therefore it was difficult for her to be able to report it to the IDFPR. This matter was closed with no discipline.

Real Estate
Real estate managing broker accused of dual agency

A twenty-seven (27) count formal complaint was filed against our client who is a managing broker of a well established agency in the quad cities. The allegations included that she and other brokers failed to disclose that the agency was dealing in dual agency contracts. The complaint alleged that the agency entered into contracts for certain properties and failed to disclose license status and ownership interest in writing when purchasing. Our firm was able to help the managing broker and the agency receive a non-disciplinary order prior to the formal hearing.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse Accused of Practicing Beyond the Scope of Her License

In this matter our client received a notice of disciplinary conference from IDFPR that she changed insulin doses on one of her patients without the authority of her supervising physician. At her disciplinary conference in Springfield, Illinois we were able to establish that she was a certified diabetes educator in the SIU Division of Endocrinology and that her supervising physician authorized the change in doses. We submitted affidavits from our client’s supervising physician regarding her scope of authority and how it was maintained at all times. This matter was closed with no discipline.

Registered Nurse
Registered nurse accused of unprofessional conduct

In this matter our client received a notice of disciplinary conference from IDFPR that alleged she “admittedly charted false treatments and false accu-check monitor results that were not performed.” At her disciplinary conference we were able to establish that she used the patients own accu-check monitor and that the department was incorrect concerning charting false treatments based on our records. The matter was closed with no discipline.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse required assistance with application due to prior criminal history

Registered Nurse needed our assistance in his application process because of his concerns regarding a prior criminal history for marijuana possession.

In this matter, we helped our client give a detailed explanation as to his criminal history and he received his license unencumbered.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse with violation of his care and counseling agreement

Registered Nurse received notice of a violation of his care and counseling agreement in that he allegedly failed to submit quarterly reports and refused to submit screens.

In this matter, we were able to do our own investigation and alleviate the nursing board’s concerns regarding our client’s compliance with its previous order. The matter was subsequently closed.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse with one DUI and a finding of abuse by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)

This particular nurse reported a DUI conviction in 2010 along with a DCFS finding of abuse to a minor pursuant to a 2012 investigation. Regarding the DUI, we were able to establish that the conviction was not job related nor would it affect her ability to practice. Regarding the DCFS matter, we were able to establish to the nursing board that the circumstances surrounding the DCFS investigation didn’t match the actual events that took place. As a result, our client was given a non-reportable administrative warning letter.

Massage Therapist
Massage applicant charged and convicted of battery and possession of cannabis, with driving on a suspended license, and violating a county escort ordinance

In this matter, the massage therapy application was charged with a battery/cause bodily harm in August of 2001 and sentenced to a one year supervision.In Spetember of 2005, the applicant was also charged with possession of cannabis and was sentenced to a one year supervision. In December of 2006, she was charged with driving on a suspended license and was sentenced to six months supervision. Further, in August of 2011, she was charged with violating a county escort ordinance. As a result of our representation, the applicant was able to get a non-disciplinary order.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse accused of diverting controlled substances

Registered Nurse was accused of diverting controlled substances from her former employer.

In this matter, our client, an RN was reported by her physician/ employer of diverting controlled substances in his office. After doing our own investigation into the matter, we were able to establish that our client had no contact with any controlled substances without her employer’s authority. In fact, we were able to establish that it was the physician/ employer who should be the target of investigation. As a result the case was closed.

Physician
Physician Application

In this matter, we were able to help a physician get licensed to practice in the state of Illinois after being out of clinical practice for 9 years without the necessity of re-training.

Nurse
Nurse IDES Hearing

A nurse client of our firm was discharged on November 5, 2013 for allegedly using another nurse's password to access the employer's system to pass medication to her patients. Originally the Illinois Department of Employment Security denied her unemployment funds however we appealed on her behalf and conducted a hearing before an administrative law judge at IDES. After the hearing it was decided our client committed no misconduct and received back pay and the remainder of her funds.

RN
Registered Nurse accused of Drug Diversion from University of Illinois Hospital

In this matter our client was accused of drug diversion and refusal to take a urine screen. In this case the patient's family who made the complaint did not speak English and we were able to establish that there was poor communication. We prepared our client for a board meeting and the case is closed.
RN
Registered Nurse allegedly fell asleep during home health visit

In this matter our client received a notice of informal conferencing alledging that she fell asleep on several occaisions while caring for a 2-year-old trach patient. We were able to establish that the shifts in question were not our clients shifts and were able to provide further evidence in the medical progress notes the patient that the allegations were false. The case was closed.
Physician
Physician was given a Notice of Intent to deny her license based on past mental evaluations required during her residency.

In this matter IDFPR attempted to deny our client a physician license because she did not complete her USMLE steps within seven years. Furthermore it was hoped in her residency that she was required to have an evaluation in her past. Our firm applied for a variance to the rules and and had our client obtain an updated mental evaluation. After appearing in front of the licensing board we were able to get an unrestricted license.
RN
Registered Nurse was given a Notice Of Intent to deny her nurse application based on criminal background

In this matter our client had been convicted of Driving under the Influence of Drugs and Possession of Controlled Substances in the town of Aurora. After preparing our client for a board conference we were able to obtain an unrestricted license for her.
RN
Registered Nurse was accused of unprofessional conduct at her position in Danville, Illinois along with intimidation

In this matter our client was accused of unprofessional conduct, intimidation of patients, endangering patients, falsifying patient records, failing to report a coroner's report, failing to assess a patient, failing to follow a treatment plan and creating a psychologically unsafe working environment. Our firm extensively prepared our client for a board conference and closed her case at the board level with her having to take 3 additional CME courses.
Roofer
Roofer received complaint from IDFPR regarding 2 residential properties within 1 year.

In this matter our client received a formal complaint regarding 2 separate properties that complained of substandard roof repair work. We were able to establish in front of the board that both these complaints were closed with the Attorney General's office and were able to establish with great detail that our clients work was done properly. All of the allegations were refuted and the matter was closed at the board level.
Real Estate Broker
The Department of Professional Regulation sent our client several requests for examination of her real estate activities and completion of a brokerage verification report, and received no response. As a result, a formal complaint was filed against her.

In this matter, after lengthy negotiations, we were able to secure a non-disciplinary order that was not reportable.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse filed a petition for restoration after being on probation for several years for alleged divulsion of injectable narcotics from her hospital and atfer violating her probation.

In this matter we were able to establish, by means of evaluation and drug screens, that our client had been clean for several years and that her alleged violation of probation was a result of an administrative mistake made by IFDPR probation compliance. We had an informal conference with the nursing board and our client was taken off probation with no restrictions.
Nurse
Nurse was given a notice of intent to deny her license because she previously plead guilty to theft of over $121,000.00 while working as a home health nurse in Ohio. The State of Ohio previously suspended her license for the conviction and the subsequently placed her on permanent restrictions or a lifetime probation.

In this matter our client failed to show up to her Illinois hearing and after filing a motion to reconsider the denial of her license we were able to get a conference with the nursing board.  At first the board was reluctant based on the Felony Plea and its surrounding circumstances however we presented mitigation that wasn’t presented in Ohio.  The Nursing Board granted our client a license on a one year probation.
Appraiser
Appraiser was given a notice of disciplinary conference after a previous discipline resulted in an audit that found three alleged “misleading” appraisals.

In this matter our client received a previous suspension for a “misleading” appraisal and as a result had to turn in logs of his appraisals on a quarterly basis to the board for review.  After an audit of his logs, the board had alleged that three of his appraisals were “misleading.”  After preparing our client for the conference we were able close the case with no discipline.
Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Psychologist allegedly committed unprofessional conduct. In this case, our client allegedly met with his clients outside his office against the wishes of their parents and allegedly made a donation to one of their school’s tuition.

Furthermore, our client was accused of making false statements by one of his clients parents, adversely affecting his custody case. In our preparation prior to our informal hearing with the board, we were able to mitigate the circumstances enough to close this matter.

Licensed Practical Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse had three (3) convictions in her effort to obtain a license.

In this matter, our client was called in front of the nursing board prior to the approval of her LPN application for the three (3) convictions in 2015: unlawful use of a weapon, carry/possession of a firearm, and domestic battery. Despite all three (3) of these criminal cases being with one (1) year of our meeting with the nursing board, our preparation allowed our client to obtain her license with no restrictions.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse accused of patient neglect/substandard care stemming from an IDPH report

In this case, we appeared at a disciplinary conference with the Nursing Board and were able to provide evidence that our client was an administrator at the time and had no direct patient care relationships. Case was closed.

Registered Nurse
Petition for Restoration

In this case our client was suspended for 3 months and put on a three (3) year indefinite probation for diverting narcotics. Our firm filed a Petition to Restore and was able to restore her license to full status without even having a conference with the Board.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse was named in a malpractice lawsuit

In this case our client was named in a wrongful death lawsuit along with the facility that she worked and the physician who cared for the patient. After many court proceedings we were able to get our client dismissed out of the action. One of the ways we were able to do this was by providing an affidavit of no malpractice insurance.

Clinical Psychology
Allegations of unprofessional conduct, willfully making or filing false records or reports, making a material misstatement in furnishing information

In this case, our firm represented two (2) clinical psychologists from a Chicagoland school of forensic psychology who were accused of mismanaging a client's custody matter in Domestic Relations court. They were given notice of a disciplinary conference by the IDFPR and after our representation we were able to close the matter without needing a hearing at the disciplinary conference.

Asian Body Work
Cease and Desist Order

In this case our client owned an Asian Bodywork and Reflexology business and was ordered by the IDFPR to cease and desist its practice based on allegedly having unlicensed practitioners. Our firm requested a hearing and was able to establish that the business fell under the 225 ILCS 57/25 Exemption allowing for unlicensed practitioners. In doing so we established an organization that allowed the business to fall under the exemption.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse was accused of practicing without a license and for having a previous DUI/possession of cannabis

In this matter our client was allegedly practicing without a license because she allegedly failed to respond to a previous disciplinary notice from the IDFPR. After her alleged failure to respond her license was temporarily suspended and she was found to be practicing during the temporary suspension. In addition, it was called to her attention by the IDFPR that she allegedly failed to disclose a previous DUI/Possession of Cannabis Plea. We appeared in front of the nursing board and with our preparation our clients charges at the IDFPR were closed.

PERC
PERC Applicant was given notice of intent to deny his application due to criminal charges.

In this matter our client was arrested for disorderly conduct/breach of the peace for allegedly sending multiple texts to a minor friend of one of his children. After meeting the board and presenting mitigating circumstances we were able to get our client’s license with no restrictions.

Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Psychologist was accused of overbilling on co payments for certain patients.

In this matter a request for patient records and a notice of a disciplinary conference was sent to our client regarding various alleged co payment violations. In our meeting with the Board, we were able to establish that the patients who made the complaints were incorrect and that they were attempting to avoid paying their bills. The case was closed.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse was accused in an IDPH complaint survey in Geneva, Illinois of unprofessional conduct, rude behavior and yelling at residents.

In this matter our client was accused by an IDPH survey of unprofessional conduct and rude behavior with three (3) separate patients. At her Disciplinary Conference with the nursing Board were able to establish with evidence that the allegations were false and that her tone of voice may have been firm and difficult to understand based on her national origin. The case was closed.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Accused of Failure to Return Patient Mental Health Records Despite Court Order and a HIPPA Violation

In this matter our client was accused by her husband during a divorce proceeding of using his mental health evaluation against him in their child’s custody hearing without his authority. Our client’s husband alleged that she took his records from another provider in her practice who counseled him without his knowledge and used the records as evidence in the proceedings. We were able to establish with the board at her disciplinary conference that the records were given to our client by her husband and not taken and that she gave them to her attorney who made full disclosure to his attorney prior to being used in the proceeding. This matter was closed with no discipline.

Registered Nurse
Registered nurse accused of diverting narcotics from her facility and for selling the narcotics to another employee.

In this matter our client received a notice of disciplinary conference from the IDFPR they alleged that she “diverted narcotics from her facility, Peoria, IL, sold narcotics to another employee, was terminated and failed to report.” At the disciplinary conference we were able to establish a motive for the “other employee” to be deceitful regarding the receipt of the narcotics and that she was the individual who diverted. Furthermore, we were able to establish by way of documentation that our client resigned instead of being terminated. The matter was closed with no discipline.

Pharmacy
Pharmacist denial of application due to sister state discipline

A Pharmacist client of ours applied for a pharmacy license in 2013 and was denied because she had a previous suspension and subsequent probation in the state of Florida. Her Florida discipline was for conspiring with a store manager to aid in procuring hydrocodone without a valid prescription. Our firm requested a hearing and after appearing in front of the pharmacy licensing board we we able to obtain a license for our client with no discipline or restrictions.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse accused of "gross negligence"

Registered Nurse was accused of alleged “gross negligence” in the care and treatment of a patient resulting in death.

In this matter, we were able to do our own investigation and determine that our client was not the only provider for the patient. In fact, we were able to “isolate” our client’s care for the patient in effort to establish that her continued care was within the standard of care despite the patient’s unfortunate outcome. Our client received an administrative warning letter, which is not a public discipline.

Pharmacist
A Writ of Mandamus and Mandatory Injunction against the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for wrongfully putting a Pharmacist Discipline on its website

In this matter, the pharmacist was licensed to practice in the state of Michigan. The pharmacist’s license had been suspended in the state of Michigan and subsequently reinstated with the help of our firm. Thereafter, the Plaintiff applied for a license as a pharmacist in the State of Illinois. On April 13, 2010 the IDFPR issued an order adopting the facts, conclusions of law and recommendation to the Director by the Board of Pharmacy, which had adopted the Findings of Fact contained in the Report and Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge, wherein Plaintiffs application in the State of Illinois was denied. Subsequently, the pharmacist was able to remove his Michigan restrictions and was granted an Illinois license without restrictions. Without consent by the pharmacist, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations designated on its’ website that the pharmacist had been disciplined. Our firm filed a Verified Complaint for Writ of Mandamus and in the Alternative, Mandatory Injunction in Chancery Court to compel the Director of IDFPR to remove the disciplinary action from the website. The action was granted and the pharmacist remain clear and unrestricted.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse Accused of Diverting Narcotics

In this matter our client was accused of pulling hydrocodone from his facility’s inventory machine and not giving the full amount to certain patients as prescribed by physicians. Prior to attending an informal disciplinary conference with the nursing board our firm did research into the allegations and found that his facility had an outdated protocol for wasting narcotics that made it difficult for nurses to prevent diversion issues. Furthermore, we were able to establish that his facility did not terminate our client and that the complaint came to IDFPR from an employee’s disgruntled husband. This matter was closed with no discipline.

Registered Nurse
Registered nurse accused of theft of morphine and failure to report a termination.

In this matter, our client received a notice of disciplinary conference from IDFPR that she allegedly committed the following acts: “Theft/conversion of patients morphine and narcotics, schedule 11 controlled substances, failure to report a termination and gave a signed confession. At her disciplinary conference we were able to establish that there were many individuals who had access other than her to the narcotics and that she was coerced into signing the confession. The matter was closed with no discipline.

Appraiser
Appraiser received formal complaint

A certified appraiser received a formal complaint that alleged a series of errors.

In this matter, or client received a formal complaint by the Department that alleged errors in reporting the subjects (PIN), failure to report subject’s property taxes, failure to properly define the neighborhood, failed to accurately report the zoning, failed to address commercial uses, failed to report the deeded parking space and other alleged issues. Using our appraisal experience we were able to prepare our client for meeting with the Board and resolve his formal complaint without a discipline.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse IDES Hearing Against Northwestern Memorial Hospital

In this matter, Northwestern Memorial Hospital terminated our client for scope of authority issues and HIPAA violation issues. Our client was the labor and delivery nurse for patient’s mothers. On her own time, she visited the neo-natal unit on two occasions, viewed the charts and gave a baby a message. She was terminated for working outside of the scope of her authority and obtaining confidential information in doing so. We were able to establish her IDES hearing that she committed no misconduct in that she was given permission by the parents to give the baby a message. Furthermore, after review of Northwestern protocol we were able to establish that our client did not breach any confidentiality. This particular client was a great nurse; a pleasure to work with and we won the hearing.

Pharmacist
Pharmacist accused of unprofessional conduct

Pharmacist was alleged to have committed unprofessional conduct in that she allowed a pharmacy technician to administer flu shots without training or certification.

In this matter, we did our own investigation and were able to ascertain that the culpability for the flu shots lied with the pharmacist in charge and not with our client. We met with the Pharmacy Board, the pharmacist in charge of another pharmacy technician at the Department. As a result, the pharmacist in charge and the pharmacy technician were offered a discipline but client was not.

Registered Nurse
Registered nurse accused of diverting Fentanyl

Registered Nurse was accused of diverting Fentanyl, accused of using too much Fentanyl with patients and made a written admission.

In this matter, we did our own investigation and were able to establish that there was no evidence of diversion and that our client had properly used Fentanyl for physician’s orders. Furthermore, we were able to establish that our client’s admission was coerced and was obtained by improper facility protocol. As a result, our client obtained a Non- Disciplinary order that required six (6) additional hours of continuing education in the area of medication administration and charting, proper waste procedures and pyxis use.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse with two DUIs

On his application for licensure, a registered nurse disclosed a 2011 conviction for driving under the influence and a 2013 conviction for driving under the influence. We argued that his convictions did not relate to his profession and there was nothing to demonstrate that he was unable to practice his profession. The IDFPR closed their file with no disciplinary action taken.

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My first experience with the state of Illinois. Mr. Goldberg challenged me and prepared me for the most difficult situation. He is very knowledgeable and supportive. I would recommend him. Thanks, Goldberg.

The one and only lawyer I would want at my side

I would not go to State without him! He is the one and only lawyer I would want at my side. He is there 100 percent for his clients. He is very well educated with the nurse's practice act and of course knows the laws. I've needed him more then once and he's always been there ready to defend and make things right for me. My advice to any fellow nurses you get a letter from state the first thing you need to do is call this man. I promise he will make the difference on the status of your license.

Truly cares about his clients

James is a wonderful attorney. He truly cares about his clients and their needs.

Highly recommended

Jim and I have worked together on numerous professional licensure revocation matters and other health related cases over the last decade with very successful results for our clients. Jim is a very good attorney and great advocate for each and every client. He understands the legal issues and works to achieve the very best result in each and every case. He is highly recommended.

A great attorney

I had the pleasure of meeting James at the IDFPR and seeing him in action. I highly recommend James for professional liability defense work; he's a great attorney.

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