WSMLEGAL has very broad and deep experience in navigating issues related to public records. WSMLEGAL advises both government entities responding to public records requests and individuals requesting records. With that unique experience and perspective, WSMLEGAL is able to guide its clients to ensure the smoothest and most efficient process and successful results.
As an advisor to several government / quasi-government entities, WSMLEGAL advises clients on how to respond to public records requests. Sometimes this entails advising clients on making sure they have a reasonable amount of time to respond, are fairly compensated for the production of the records, and minimize the chance of liability at the conclusion of a lawsuit that may ensue. Sometimes, however, this involves testing the limits of as-yet-untested statutes related to public records. With the abundance of records maintained, the issues related to its electronic storage and ability to manipulate those electronic records, and the issue of “frequent fliers” requesting those records, WSMLEGAL guides its responding entities through the process and litigation with a wealth of experience and expertise.
As an advisor to clients seeking records, WSMLEGAL advises clients through the request process, as well as the back and forth that often ensues. With public records requests, time is often of the essence. In light of that, ensuring the initial request is complete and thorough is very important. In addition, whether intentional or not, some government /quasi government entities initially respond to requests “incorrectly.” In those circumstances, WSMLEGAL guides clients through the back and forth, as well as the possible litigation that can ensue.
WSMLEGAL’s public records practice is built upon years of advising both responding and requesting parties. As a result, the process is generally well-planned and yields quick results. In those few circumstances in which litigation is required, WSMLEGAL has represented parties in public records lawsuits through the appeals courts. In any circumstance, WSMLEGAL will guide its clients to give them the best opportunity at a smooth process and achieving their goals.