In the current complex legal world, individuals and companies are subject to a large body of law known as administrative law and commonly referred to as “regulations." This law is not passed by the Congress or state legislature, but promulgated by departments of the executive branch of the government (for example, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture , Health and Human Services, or Labor) or by an independent agency (for example, the Federal Trade Commission). Congress and state legislatures often pass statutory frameworks and authorize departments or agencies to issue regulations or administrative rules to enforce the statutes and give effect to them. These regulations constitute thousands of pages in multi-volume sets in law libraries and many megabytes of electronic data.
The federal regulations are codified into what is known as the “Code of Federal Regulations," or “CFR." Montana’s administrative regulations may be found in the “Administrative Rules of Montana" or “ARM." A good understanding of both the breadth and the limits of an agency’s power as well as administrative procedure is essential to protecting a client’s interests. The practice of law before executive departments and independent agencies, therefore, requires a thorough knowledge of constitutional, statutory, court-made, and regulatory law.
Attorneys at Moulton Bellingham have extensive experience advising clients in complying with administrative law, and in representing individuals and clients before federal and state departments and agencies. Whether the matter is before the Montana Human Rights Commission or the Montana Department of Labor, the Federal Trade Commission or the United States Department of Health and Human Services, or any other federal or state agency, the attorneys at Moulton Bellingham offer a wide-array of experience to its clients in handling administrative law issues.