(717) 234-6200 Professional License Defense

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Rish Law Office, LLC, is a professional license defense firm with particular experience in the representation of physicians, nurses, funeral directors, and other professionals in licensing and disciplinary matters.  Unlike many law firms, the exclusive focus of the Rish Law Office is the representation of licensed professionals and the  preservation of their ability to practice their chosen career.  As a result of his service as legal counsel to multiple licensing boards in a career spanning more than two decades with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Attorney Rish offers a unique perspective and experience that most other attorneys lack.  He has successfully assisted applicants in obtaining initial licensure, defended professional licensees in disciplinary actions brought by the Commonwealth, and represented professionals in reinstating their licenses.  Attorney Rish also assists applicants in obtaining a professional license. 

Attorney Rish offers a free consultation on most professional licensing issues.

  • Professional Licensing and Disciplinary Matters
  • Applications and Provisional Denial Appeals
  • Reinstatements of Professional Licenses
  • Consultations Regarding PHMP, VRP, and Effect of Criminal Charges
  • Formation and Licensing of Funeral Establishments and Other Professional Entities
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate Litigation

Rish Law Office, LLC, is conveniently located two minutes from the Penn Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which houses the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs overseeing all 29 professional licensing boards and commissions within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Consequently, Rish Law Office, LLC, does not charge its clients for travel to and from hearings.



After more than two decades of service with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Attorney Rish returned to private practice uniquely positioned to represent professionals with licensing and disciplinary issues involving the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. As legal counsel to the Board of Medicine, the Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Board of Funeral Directors in addition to other boards, Attorney Rish advised Board Staff and Board Members on licensing, disciplinary, reinstatement, regulatory and other issues on a daily basis.  As a result, Attorney Rish has a thorough understanding of the licensure and disciplinary process within the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.  

His experience with the Commonwealth includes service as the Chief Counsel to the Office of Inspector General from 2007 to 2012 where he advised the Inspector General regarding investigations involving fraud, waste, abuse and employee misconduct and represented the agency in employment and labor matters. Because of his experience, Attorney Rish is the lawyer you should choose for matters involving professional license defense and other administrative law issues.

 Because of his experience and knowledge, Attorney Rish has been admitted to testify as an expert before the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine regarding the collateral consequences of disciplinary sanctions upon a physician's license.  Many attorneys whose primary focus is not professional license defense are unaware of the collateral consequences that a state board's disciplinary sanction may have on a health care practitioner's continued ability to practice.  Similarly, many criminal defense attorneys are unaware of the potential effect a guilty plea or verdict may have on a licensed professional's career.  It is important to consult with a professional license defense attorney as soon as charges are filed.  Attorney Rish is available to explain to you and your criminal defense attorney how a guilty plea may affect your professional license and career.

 Attorney Rish is a frequent speaker on issues involving licensing and disciplinary matters.  He has presented at continuing legal education seminars on the defense of physicians and dentists and spoken to various professional associations regarding licensing and disciplinary matters.    Attorney Rish is often asked to explain the implications and advantages of the Professional Health Monitoring Program's Voluntary Recovery Program (VRP).  

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1991
  •  University of Virginia, B.A., 1988

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Rish Law Office, LLC

2431 N. Second Street, Suite 201, Harrisburg, PA 17110

(717) 234-6200 (P) (484) 707-3088 (C) (717) 234-6211 (Fax) wesley@rishlawoffice.com