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Illinois Professional License Defense Attorneys

Whether you are a healthcare provider, a business owner, or another licensed professional, you will want to do everything you can to protect your license against discipline. If you need to address matters before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), Williams & Nickl, LLC can help you protect your license and your career. Whether you are facing disciplinary action or the denial of a license application, we can help you understand the best steps to take to resolve your issue quickly and effectively. 

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Healthcare License Defense IDFPR
  • Business License Defense IDFPR
  • Concealed Carry Appeals
  • Illinois FOID Card Denials and Appeals
  • Agencies, Inspector General and DHFS
  • Cannabis licensure and regulations

Call 312-335-9470 today to arrange your initial consultation. We accept credit cards, Zelle and Chase QuickPay for payment.

Attorney Edward W. Williams

I have focused on counseling and representing licensed professionals and licensed professional agencies and companies for over 26 years. I previously served for three years as a Prosecutor and as the Chief of General Prosecutions at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), wherein I prosecuted or presided over the prosecution of hundreds of licensed professionals.

We appear before multiple administrative agencies when representing licensed professionals and professional entities:

  • Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)
  • Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS)
  • Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
  • Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Federal and State Offices of Inspectors General


Attorney Fred A. Nickl

Fred Nickl is a partner in Williams & Nickl, LLC concentrating on defending and consulting with licensed professionals before the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, and litigation involving licensed professionals and their businesses.

Fred has 20 years’ experience in counseling, litigation, and investigation and uses that experience to defend and consult with licensed physicians, nurses, dentists, real estate and mortgage brokers, private detectives, and other licensed professionals. He has litigated numerous claims on behalf of clients in the medical and health-related fields, and alarm fields, in both state and federal courts.

He is licensed to practice throughout every court in Illinois, and is a member of the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court: Northern District of Illinois, and Northern District of Indiana. He has been admitted pro hac vice in Indiana, and is currently an inactive member of the Wisconsin Bar.


  • DePaul University College of Law, May, 1998, JD
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, 1995, BA, Criminal Justice

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1998
  • Wisconsin, 2009 (Inactive)

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