Is it necessary to hire a local attorney for a professional licensing matter?

No. Unlike a criminal case, which often involves multiple court hearings, the vast majority of the work performed by your professional licensing attorney is performed in the office by letter and by telephone. A large portion of the matters in which a board files an accusation is resolved by a settlement, rather than by having a hearing before an administrative law judge. Even when a hearing does occur, it would require your attorney to travel only for this one occasion. It is much more important that you have an attorney skilled in professional licensing than it is to have an attorney who lives in your locale.