Federal License Defense Lawyers

We represent individuals and businesses before the agencies and departments of the United States federal government.  Let us use our expertise to defend or fight to obtain your federal license, permit or certificate.

Federal Administrative Law

We will take on your administrative law issue with DEA, DOD, ATF, FINRA, OIG, SEC, or any other federal bureau, department or agency, to provide the peace of mind that comes from confident representation.

Protect your License

Defending your business and livelihood by protecting your federal license, permit or certificate is what we do.  We understand that a federal license can make or break a business or career.

Let Us Know How We Can Help

From our offices in southern California, we represent clients statewide and nationwide in federal administrative matters.  Contact us for a confidential consultation with the right attorney for your federal administrative law matter.

Areas of Practice

Federal Security Clearance and ATF Permit Cases

Federal Government Security Clearances – Department of Defense Security Clearance Applications – Common Access Card Denials and Revocations – Global Entry Denials and Revocations – Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Permits and Licenses – The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

Federal Transportation, FAA and Marine Cases

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Licenses and Permits – TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) – U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential – Federal Maritime Commission Ocean Transportation Intermediary (OTI) – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Federal Finance and Commerce Cases

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Sanctions – Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Administrative Hearings – FINRA Disciplinary Hearings – Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Enforcement Actions – Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Enforcement Actions

Federal Healthcare, DEA and FDA Cases

Office of Inspector General (OIG) Medicare Exclusion List Appeals – DEA Registration Order to Show Cause Hearings – Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Section 305 Notice Proceedings – FDA Administrative Detention of Foods and Devices – FDA License Revocation or Suspension Cases – FDA Civil Money Penalties for Foods, Drugs, Devices and Tobacco

Federal Marine Life, Agriculture, and Forestry Cases

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fishing Civil Penalty, Marine Mammal and Fishing Permit Cases – U.S. Forest Service Appeals and Objections – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Administrative Hearings

Federal Lands and Housing Cases

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Administrative Cases – Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Administrative Cases

California State License Defense Matters

Ray & Bishop, PLC, defends California state licenses, appeals the denial of California state license applications, and represents licensees in investigations before all California state agencies, including the Medical Board of California, California Department of Insurance, the California Board of Registered Nursing and the California Bureau of Real Estate.  Click here for more information about our California state licensing legal services.

Our Attorneys

Ray & Bishop PLC consists of three full-time attorneys: Fredrick M. Ray, the firm’s senior partner, has more than 20 years of experience as a litigator in administrative, civil, and criminal matters. As counsel to thousands of clients, his experience, reputation, and integrity are the foundation of our practice. John D. Bishop, a partner of the firm, has appeared for trial throughout California on behalf of numerous licensed professionals, delivering exceptional results. Lindsay M. Johnson, the firm’s senior associate, has achieved unprecedented success for our clients at both the trial and appellate level. 

Fredrick M. Ray

Senior Partner
Mr. Ray has over twenty years of experience as a litigator before administrative, civil and criminal tribunals. Mr. Ray has handled over two thousand legal matters, with a high success rate, including investigations, administrative law hearings, writs and appeals, civil lawsuits, and criminal matters, from serious felonies to misdemeanors

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John D. Bishop

Mr. Bishop is the primary litigator at Ray and Bishop and handles the majority of the administrative appeals at the agency level. He appears regularly at the Office of Administrative Hearings and has developed professional relationships with most of the judges and attorneys who handle administrative cases for the state.

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Lindsay M. Johnson

Senior Associate Attorney
Ms. Johnson joined Ray & Bishop in 2013, after distinguishing herself as a superior advocate throughout her career at Chapman University School of Law. She has handled administrative matters before the Department of Insurance, Department of Social Services, Board of Registered Nursing, and more.

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Federal License Blog

FDA Administrative Law Crackdown on Unproven Stem Cell Therapies

The United States Food and Drug Administration is an Administrative Law entity. However, the FDA maintains Administrative, legislative and judicial authority over the food and drug market in the United States. The FDA also possesses criminal law enforcement power. The...

Federal Reserve Bank Administrative Law Disciplinary Process

The Administrative Regulatory disciplinary process of the United States Federal Reserve Bank is virtually unknown outside of a small circle of bankers, financial executives and lawyers. The United States Federal Reserve maintains the authority to discipline bankers...

FAA Drone Regulations

A Drone is merely an unmanned, robotic vehicle. The most common type of Drone is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, or UAV. In many respects, Drones are far more economical than traditional aircraft. However, not all Americans are content with hordes of Drones flying...

Frequently Asked Questions

What legal services do you provide?
Our federal administrative law attorneys provide assistance with complex applications for licenses, permits and clearances, handle adverse event disclosures on applications, defend clients against penalties such as citations, fines, sanctions, debarment, exclusion, suspension and revocation, act as intermediaries in negotiations and compliance issues, provide legal research and legal opinions, and represent clients in all forms of appeals from adverse decisions.  We are able to represent clients anywhere in the nation and even located overseas who have federal administrative law matters (in compliance with applicable laws).  Our attorneys are licensed in California, and in addition to federal administrative matters, we also represent clients before California state licensing agencies.
When do I need a federal administrative law attorney?
If you receive a notice of any proposed or pending administrative action from a federal government agency, or have to make difficult disclosures on an application to the federal government, you probably need legal assistance. You might receive a letter that is called a “notice of intent,” “notice of proposed…,” or “order to show cause.”  Federal administrative law matters can range from a simple letter of explanation to a multi-day formal hearing which is identical to a court trial.  When we are contacted at the earliest stages of a problem, a solution is often more easily and more economically reached.

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5000 Birch Street, Suite 7000
Newport Beach, CA 92660


**Attorneys are only licensed to practice law in California. Attorneys’ offices are only located in California. However, pursuant to United States Code of Federal Regulations 8 C.F.R. § 1.2 and United States Code 5 U.S.C. § 500, Attorneys may practice Federal Administrative Law and represent an individual located outside of California within the parameters of Federal Administrative Law. Attorneys will NOT advise clients on the laws of any State or any State law legal matters (with the exception of California).  The information on this website is for general information purposes only.  Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation.  This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.  Legal advertisement.**