Professional License Lawyer in North Carolina



North State Law is owned and was founded by Nicholas Dowgul in 2019. Nick, as he prefers, has been engaged in the practice of law since 2008. The focus of North State Law is in helping professionals in North Carolina keep their licenses. We strive to help others continue to practice in their chosen profession so they can continue to serve others.
In addition to professional license defense, Nick has helped clients navigate the troubled waters of Family Law since 2014. Nick’s experience in Family Law includes child custody, equitable distribution, child support, post-separation support, alimony, divorce, and step-parent adoption actions. Other areas Nick has years of experience in include civil litigation, traffic citations, and landlord/tenant disputes.
Nick fell in love with Raleigh, NC on his first visit in 2010 and moved shortly thereafter. He enjoys spending his free time hiking and camping as well as attending sporting events. He also enjoys being outside with his wife and son. Nick is a proud Florida State University graduate.
In 2008, Nick started his legal career as an attorney with the Harrison County, Mississippi public defender’s office where he found his professional passion litigating cases. Nick loves being in the courtroom but believes that resolving cases, when they can be resolved, is typically in a client’s best interest. That said, when it’s time to present his case, Nick is well-prepared to obtain the best results for his clients.


Professional license defense, also known as occupational license defense, is an area of law where a professional is facing discipline from a licensing board or governmental authority. The discipline that can be implemented from a board or governmental authority can endanger a professional’s ability to practice his/her chosen profession. License defense includes hearings in front of state license boards, hearings in front of the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings as well as any legal proceeding involving an individual’s professional license.