CASES & TESTIMONIALS
The Board’s new required fingerprinting and criminal history background checks brought previously unreported convictions to light. FosterLaw attorneys guided client ...READ MORE ► through Board’s investigation process, creating a response presentation that demonstrated that past mistakes were not a true reflection of client’s character. The presentation made clear that client’s ability to practice professional engineering was well-established and reputable. The Board offered a Consent Agreement that included an Informal Reprimand only. This is the lowest form of Disciplinary Action possible. Client kept his license and continued his practice uninterrupted, now also unburdened by the unreported events of the past.
“Mark and his team saved me, my family and my clients from a horrific ruling by the Engineering Board. One lesson I learned from my earlier experiences, get a good lawy ...READ MORE ► er. I researched and make a short list of three and contacted all of them. Mark actually called me while he was on vacation. He seemed very knowledgeable and really listened. The other guys I contacted were quoting me prices while Mark was telling me about the process. Mark told me what they would be doing what the next steps would be for different scenarios and didn’t sugar coat it. As an engineer I really appreciated his approach. You always need to know the scenarios and be able to discuss the what ifs.
We took the Board to District Court to get a temporary restraining order and get their ruling overturned. In short order we had the Board in district court and got the restraining order and a favorable ruling by the Judge who also indicated the Board would not win in the formal hearing. At that point we entered into a negotiated order where my licensed was revoked and then immediately reinstated with the same number. Something that had not been done before.
Through it all, Mark and his team truly listened to me. One thing in particular they didn’t understand at first was why it was important to me to keep my license number even if it was revoked and I was immediately able to be licensed again. By truly listening to me they understood how important that was to me.
I watched other engineers without lawyers getting hammered at the Board meetings I attended and was so thankful I had hired Mark or I would have been hammered too. To all other engineers that need help, be smart, hire a good lawyer. Mark is a good lawyer!”
Last session’s Senate Bill 1267 amended the Administrative Procedure Act, which governs the procedures associated with administrative hearings, such as those in front of Texas licensing boards. One of the new rules requires that a notice of hearing against a licensee must now ...READ MORE ► include a statement of alleged facts. In the past, some of our clients would face a list of rules they had allegedly violated, but without any explanation as to how these rules were violated, and FosterLaw would have to fight to receive proper notice for our clients. This amendment will increase fairness in agency hearings by prevent licensing boards from withholding this crucial information.
Proposed HR 3469, which would create a certification for professional engineers specialized in structural engineering. Under the proposed bill, an engineer would ...READ MORE ► not be allowed to “engage in the practice of structural engineering unless the person holds a structural engineer certificate.” Under the bill as written, engineers would not be required to have such a certification to practice structural engineering before September 1, 2016. The bill is currently before the House Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee.