Administrative & Regulatory Law
We have broad experience in Massachusetts administrative law, agency regulation, and other government operations.
We are well versed in all aspects of the Massachusetts Administrative Procedures Act (Mass. G.L. c. 30A) ranging from procedural requirements concerning the adoption of regulations to judicial review of administrative agency actions. We regularly represent businesses, nonprofits, trade associations, professionals, and individuals in interactions with local, state, and federal administrative agencies and government officials.
Depending on our clients’ strategic needs, our advocacy ranges from informal communications with agency staff seeking to clarify regulatory requirements to full-blown litigation before administrative agencies and the courts. We also regularly assist clients in commenting on proposed regulations and administrative rule-making that may impact their businesses or professions.
State and Federal Actions
When necessary, we also have deep experience and know-how in bringing state and federal court actions to challenge the legality of local, state, or federal administrative agency action. We regularly litigate declaratory judgment actions and similar claims on behalf of businesses, associations, and professionals challenging regulations and governmental action. Consequently, we are skilled at all aspects of administrative law litigation.
Additionally, we routinely handle a wide range of administrative and regulatory matters on appeal in state and federal courts. Our skills as appellate advocates range from handling emergency single justice petitions in the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court to writing appellate briefs and oral arguments on a wide array of administrative law and regulatory issues. As just one example, we have briefed and argued precedent setting cases in areas such as elections, taxation, business regulation, insurance, health and human services, constitutional rights, education, and employment. Our services also include drafting and filing amicus briefs.
Top Level Experience
Earlier in their careers, both attorneys Hitt and Hadas served as Assistant Attorneys General in the Administrative Law Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where they regularly litigated administrative, regulatory, and constitutional law issues in state and federal courts. Additionally, attorney Hitt served as Opinions Coordinator in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and was responsible for rendering formal opinions and legal advice to constitutional officers, agencies and departments, district attorneys, and branches and committees of the Legislature.