Business & Professional Licensing

Business & Professional Licensing

We provide legal advice and assistance to businesses and individuals seeking to obtain or maintain licensure with state regulatory boards, such as the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, Virginia Board of Accountancy, Virginia Bureau of Insurance, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, and Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, including but not limited to licenses for various professionals, contractors, other trades and occupations, motor vehicle manufacturers and dealerships, and alcoholic beverage distributors.

We assist clients with completing necessary applications to obtain or renew licenses, as well as represent them in associated administrative hearings and appeals.

In addition to providing these services in Virginia, we can assist with similar and related licensing issues in other states.

Through our Professional Liability Defense group, we represent licensed professionals before disciplinary boards.

Additional business licensing through the Virginia State Corporation Commission, as well as business licensing at the city or county level, is provided by our Business Group. 

Our Business Group also assists with securities and investment licenses and registrations, including through the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Additionally, our Construction and Government Contracts group has extensive experience with assisting businesses qualify for various United States Small Business Administration programs, including the 8(a) Business Development, Woman-Owned Small Business, Veteran-Owned Small Business, and HUBZone programs, as well as the Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise programs, and state-level programs such as Virginia’s Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business certification.

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SECURE Act 2.0 – Look Out for New Retirement Plan Incentives
Robert N. Saffelle
On the heels of 2019’s SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act), there currently is broad bipartisan congressional support for additional retirement plan legislation providing incentives to increase employees’ retirement savings.  The House and Senate have drafted substantially similar bills which are working their way through the ...
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How does El Salvador’s Bitcoin Law Impact U.S.-based Virtual Currency Exchanges?
Daniel Salmon
In our recent article on the legal framework governing virtual currencies, we briefly discussed the distinction between money transmitters and virtual currency exchanges.  In short, transmitters are entities that convert fiat currency into virtual currency, whereas exchanges are entities that swap one virtual currency for another, such as Ethereum (ETH) ...
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Governor’s Office Issues New Mask Policy
Daniel Salmon
Last month, Governor Northam made news when he announced that the Virginia mask mandate had been lifted for fully vaccinated people, but the devil is in the details. On May 14, 2021, the Governor’s office set forth its updated policy by issuing Executive Order (“EO”) 79 replacing EO 72, effective ...
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