Administrative Law Department
Tollefsen Law PLLC has many years of experience
dealing with various administrative agencies over licensing and
enforcement issues. We can help with Securities Exchange Commission and
state securities administrators inquiries and enforcement.
Understanding Administrative Law
Administrative law governs the activities of
administrative agencies of government include rulemaking,
adjudication, or the enforcement of a specific regulatory agenda.
Administrative law ideals with the decision-making of administrative
units of government such as boards and commissions that are part of a
national regulatory scheme in such areas as police law, international
trade, manufacturing, the environment, taxation, broadcasting,
immigration and transport. Administrative law expanded greatly during
the twentieth century, as legislative bodies worldwide created more
government agencies to regulate the increasingly complex social,
economic and political spheres of human interaction.
Civil law countries often have specialized courts,
administrative courts, that review these decisions. Most contested cases
in administrative courts are related to taxation. Agency courts usually
have their own appeal track separate from the judicial courts.
Administrative decisions are reviewed on a limited basis by the courts.
The scope of the review is defined by statute and constitutional due
process. Federal courts review whether the decision was "arbitrary
or capricious" under the U.S. Administrative Procedure Act
In the United States, many government agencies are
organized under the executive branch of government, although a few are
part of the judicial or legislative branches. Congress has also created some special judicial
bodies known as Article I tribunals to handle some areas of
In administrative courts, the rules and procedures are relaxed
compared to judicial courts. One notable difference is that hearsay
deemed reliable by the hearing officer can be admitted in administrative