Administrative Law encompasses a wide and varied area of practice, but generally deals with issues that may arise when interacting with governmental agencies. These agencies often adopt a number of rules, regulations, orders, and other guidelines related to matters under their authority. These policies establish procedures and requirements that must be followed when seeking some action by state or federal government agencies such as regulatory approval, the issuance of licenses, permits, or certifications, and other legal matters.
For example, in South Carolina, public utilities are subject to regulation by the Public Service Commission of South Carolina and must receive agency approval on a number of matters including rate increases, construction of new facilities, and contractual agreements. Certain health care facilities are required to receive a Certificate of Need before being constructed or operated and other projects may require stormwater construction permits, wastewater discharge permits, or land disturbance permits if the project could have an impact on public health or the environment.
As an attorney who has practiced law in South Carolina for almost 20 years, Ben Mustian focuses his legal practice on Administrative and Public Utility Law. He is experienced in representing public utilities on issues pending before the Public Service Commission of South Carolina and South Carolina courts. The Mustian Law Firm is adept at handling matters related to electric, solar generation, natural gas, telecommunication, water, and wastewater utilities, including rate-making, regulatory compliance, and customer complaint proceedings, and other matters relating to utility services. In addition, the Mustian Law Firm can help individual and corporate clients with issues related to environmental and agricultural permits, health care facility Certificates of Need, and other types of governmental approvals that may be required for various projects and activities. Ben also assists licensed professionals such as physicians, dentists, nurses and others with complaints and similar matters that may be pending before the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation professional occupation boards.