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How Can Lawyers Help with Government Agencies and Programs?

Government agencies and programs provide services to the public and operate according to the administrative law governing each agency. These programs and agencies-including the Social Security Administration (SSA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)-cover a wide spectrum of public services and implicate various legal issues, including those in the areas of public benefits and employment law.

Therefore, attorneys across various legal practice areas may at times deal with matters that involve government agencies and programs. Some attorneys specialize in working with a given government agency.

Terms to Know

  • Administrative Law: The branch of the law dealing with government agencies.
  • Regulation: A rule or order issued by a government agency and often having the force of law (an agency is often delegated the power to issue regulations by the legislation that created it).
  • Regulatory Agency: An agency that is authorized by the legislature to establish and enforce rules regulating its particular area of concern.

Hiring a Lawyer to Deal with Government Agencies and Programs

Many lawyers have some dealings with government agencies, regardless of their particular legal specialty. For instance, all tax attorneys file paperwork and correspond with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the federal agency that collects taxes. Employment lawyers also do quite a bit of work related to government agencies, particularly the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and programs such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Other examples include immigration attorneys, who work with a number of agencies (most notably the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service), and patent attorneys who mostly deal with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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