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Today there is a greater focus on government accountability and transparency than ever before in our nation’s history. As more community watchdog groups emerge to attempt to uncover violations made by municipalities and other public entities, there is a growing need for specialized legal support and defense.

Walter | Haverfield provides litigation services relative to issues involving public records requests and open meetings in which we represent public entities, as well as private clients.

As proof of our commitment to this area of the law, our firm has invested in proprietary document review software that allows us to handle large volumes of records. Regardless of the quantity, we can upload documents and extract specified information efficiently and accurately.

Other services provided by our team of experts relative to public records and open meetings include:

  • Protect/obtain disclosure of commercially sensitive documents, such as trade secrets and police investigatory materials, on behalf of both public entities and private clients.
  • Defend public officials against charges of constitutional violations arising during public meetings, including first amendment, due process, etc.
  • Protect quasi-public entities from being subject to state public records law (functional equivalency claims).
  • Negotiate disclosures through the Ohio Attorney General’s Mediation Program, thus saving clients the costs and hassles of litigation.