Moving administrative law forward

When most people think of legal disputes, images of a courtroom, judge and jury come to mind. There’s a whole other layer to the law, though, that has a tremendous impact on lives.

It’s called administrative law. It can affect you on a personal level if you want to make changes on your property or need a professional license. It can affect your business, too, if you want to expand and need a permit or approval.

It’s a very different area of law, in different settings and under different rules. At Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, we’ve represented clients before dozens of local, state and federal agencies with decision-making power. We’ve helped people move their projects forward. We’ve also represented people contesting plans.

At the local level, we’ve appeared before planning commissions and permitting agencies that have the power to approve zoning changes on areas ranging from a small lot to huge swaths for commercial development. Our administrative law practice also includes public service commissions that operate water and sewage systems.

At the state level, we help clients with issues before regulatory agencies such as the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the South Carolina Department of Insurance. This  includes nearly 50 professional licensing boards covering everything from podiatry to pyrotechnics.

At the federal level, authorities such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture issue permits and make rules that affect everyone’s lives. The public has the right to comment as these rules are being developed, and we can make sure your voice is heard.

Beyond dealings with the agencies, there also are ways to appeal their decisions. South Carolina has its Administrative Law Court, while the federal government has more than 1,000 administrative law judges within its agencies. We are prepared to represent clients before these judges, too, should it become necessary.