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Administrative law

Definition of Administrative Law

Administrative law is the body of law created by the agencies and departments of the government, which carry out the laws passed by Congress or a state legislature. When Congress passes a law on a complicated issue, Congress often needs help determining all of the details of how the law will be enforced and implemented. Administrative agencies and government departments fill in those gaps for Congress and pass additional rules and regulations to achieve Congress's goals.

People often deal with administrative agencies and administrative law when they apply for government benefits. For example, Congress has passed laws that allow disabled individuals to receive government assistance. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the administrative agency created to implement Congress's social security and disability laws. The SSA receives applications when people apply for disability benefits, determines who is eligible for the benefits, and passes rules and regulations to ensure that only the people who deserve these benefits receive them.

In addition to regulating government benefits like Social Security, administrative agencies also implement federal and state laws affecting almost every industry. For example, government bodies like the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) create and enforce workplace safety regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passes regulations and rules to enforce Congress's goal of protecting the environment. States also have their own administrative agencies to implement and execute laws passed by their state legislatures.

People and businesses often need to hire lawyers with expertise in administrative law when an administrative agency denies their applications for benefits or imposes penalties for failing to comply with regulations. Many administrative agencies can create their own courts and appeal processes, which often require the expertise of an attorney to ensure that your case is heard.

Terms to Know

·         Administrative law judge - A judge who only hears cases related to a specific agency's regulations, such as a Social Security benefits appeal

·         Agency - A regulatory body established by Congress or a state Legislature, usually given the power to write, monitor and enforce specific regulations

·         Hearing - An administrative procedure similar to a trial, where an administrative law judge or review board hears evidence and arguments, then makes a ruling on an administrative issue

·         Administrative Procedure Act (APA) - A federal law that governs how administrative agencies can propose and enact regulations

·         Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) - An annual publication containing all of the rules and regulations passed by administrative agencies each year

·         Federal Register - A daily publication containing notices of proposed rules that agencies intend to pass, as well as the final versions of rules and regulations expected to be enacted

For more definitions, visit the FindLaw Legal Dictionary.

Important Considerations When Hiring an Administrative Law Attorney

The federal government contains more than 100 administrative agencies spanning practically every subject area imaginable. There are agencies devoted to transportation safety, health care, homeland security, and environmental conservation, to name a few. Because each agency has its own distinct rules, regulations and procedures, it is important that you locate an attorney with experience in your particular issue.

Although rules and regulations passed by administrative agencies are not the same as laws passed by Congress or a state Legislature, they may carry similar penalties if you do not obey them. Many administrative agencies have the power to fine individuals and corporations that fail to comply with administrative regulations.

Many agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, make decisions that can severely affect your rights and benefits. If you are denied the benefits or action you seek, every agency has an appeal process. However, administrative appeal processes often have very complex and specific procedures and rules that you must follow, and skipping one step or missing a single deadline can doom your entire case. That's why it is important to consult a lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney will fight to ensure that all of the proper procedures and deadlines are followed and your rights are protected.

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Dax Jordan Lonetto
Dax Jordan Lonetto

4012 Gunn Highway Ste. 165, Tampa, FL 33618

Bar #16725(FL)     License for 2005 years

Practice Areas: Administrative law
Anastasia J Mahone
Anastasia J Mahone

2424 N Federal Hwy Suite 200, Boca Raton, FL 33431

Bar #119282(FL)     License for 2015 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Adoption | Alimony | Brain injury | Child custody | Child support | Contracts and agreements | Divorce and separation | Domestic violence | Family | Marriage and prenuptials | Mediation | Personal injury | Uncontested divorce | Wrongful death
Kevin Dwayne Robertson
Kevin Dwayne Robertson

214 West University Avenue Suite B, Gainesville, FL 32601

Bar #167304(FL)     License for 1999 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Business | Criminal defense | Real estate
Richard Alex Asselta
Richard Alex Asselta

950 South Pine Island Road Suite A150, Plantation, FL 33324

Bar #179061(FL)     License for 1999 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Appeals | Education | Education Law
Antonio L. Viera
Antonio L. Viera

2002 West Cleveland Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Bar #183880(FL)     License for 1999 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Accidents | Administrative law | Brain injury | Mediation | Personal injury | Social security | Workers compensation
Michael S ('Mike') Hagen
Michael S ('Mike') Hagen

5290 Summerlin Commons Way Ste 1003, Fort Myers, FL 33907

Bar #454788(FL)     License for 1985 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Commercial real estate | Estate planning | Government | Mediation | Probate | Real estate | Real Property | Residential real estate | Tax
Bonita Ann Herrmann-Navin
Bonita Ann Herrmann-Navin

261 North University Drive Suite 700, Plantation, FL 33324

Bar #487759(FL)     License for 2001 years

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Litigation | Medical malpractice | Nursing home abuse and neglect
Howard E. Enrique
Howard E. Enrique

1515 N. University Drive Suite 118, Coral Springs, FL 33071

Bar #493708(FL)     License for 2001 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Business | Construction and development | Contracts and agreements | Corporate and incorporation | Estate planning | Family | Litigation | Real estate
Mark Citrin
Mark Citrin

11900 Biscayne Boulevard Suite 501, Miami, FL 33181-2749

Bar #650315(FL)     License for 1987 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Asylum | Immigration
Chadwick Joseph Lawrence
Chadwick Joseph Lawrence

920 Emmett St, Kissimmee, FL 34741

Bar #699616(FL)     License for 1987 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Car accident | Insurance | Litigation | Medical malpractice | Personal injury | Social security | Workers compensation | Wrongful death
Jennifer Michele Erlinger
Jennifer Michele Erlinger

100 North Laura St. Suite 702, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Bar #719803(FL)     License for 2004 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Criminal defense | Family

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