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Robyn W. Madden

Of Counsel | Columbia, SC |

rmadden@turnerpadget.com   |   vcard   |   803-227-4254

Biography

Clients with professional licenses who face disciplinary action including a public reprimand, license suspension, license revocation or other sanctions trust Turner Padget attorney Robyn Madden to aggressively defend their right to work and fight restrictions that threaten their practice.

Robyn handles professional licensing and employment-related matters that come before the various boards at the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR), including the Board of Nursing, Board of Medical Examiners, Board of Psychology, Board of Social Work and Board of Contractors. She also assists professionals facing an internal administrative review.

Robyn understands the law as well as the impact that an accusation of wrongdoing can have on a client’s personal and professional livelihood. She is a vigorous advocate from the investigative stage through final hearing. Preparation begins from the moment that she is retained. Robyn guides clients through the administrative process and ensures that clients are ready for an LLR board hearing or administrative review. She also handles appeals to the South Carolina Administrative Law Court.

In South Carolina, an accusation of a drug- or alcohol-related problem may result in a referral to the South Carolina Recovering Professionals Program (RPP). Robyn routinely serves as an advocate for her clients as they navigate through the RPP intake and assessment process.  Robyn has successfully challenged temporary suspension orders prohibiting continued practice based upon claims of RPP noncompliance.

Robyn has handled hundreds of other LLR professional licensing matters, including:

  • Helping clients secure a license during the application process.
  • Providing employment advice when dealing with a noncompete agreement.
  • Advising on whether a course of conduct is within the confines of a practice act.
  • Challenging cease and desist orders to allow clients to return to work.
  • Assisting clients under investigation for claims of misconduct or facing criminal charges.
  • Seeking a modification of an existing consent agreement or appeal of an order issued by an LLR board to the Administrative Law Court.

Robyn also defends businesses and employers in state and federal courts and before governmental agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment

Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Robyn writes and challenges employee handbooks, employment contracts and severance agreements. Robyn advises clients on noncompete and restrictive covenant related issues.

Robyn is actively involved with Village Church. She has volunteered as a coach for Girls on the Run, is a prior advisory branch board member for Jeep Rogers YMCA and served as a board member for the American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Division.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully challenged an allegation of patient abandonment resulting in a dismissal before the South Carolina Board of Nursing despite the matter initially being scheduled for trial.
  • Successfully challenged cease and desist orders levied against a well digging company and a mining company losing thousands of dollars per day, enabling them to get back to work. 
  • Resolved a cease and desist order served upon an unlicensed employee working in an optometrist office and resolved the pending investigation against the licensed optometrist.
  • Secured a dismissal for a nurse who was offered a public consent agreement and practice limiting restrictions tied to an allegation of improper billing.
  • Obtained a dismissal before the Board of Cosmetology in a case where the client alleged that the cosmetologist physically harmed her during a routine service. 
  • Successfully challenged a temporary suspension order (TSO) served upon a licensed social worker and worked with the licensee’s criminal attorney to dismiss the underlying complaint, returning the client to work and resulting in a dismissal of the pending board matter.
  • Successfully fought TSOs issued against a licensed professional counselor, physician and nurse, enabling each client to return to work.

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