Our litigators are well prepared to protect the rights of our clients, whether it involves defending a claim against a client or prosecuting a claim on behalf of a client. We have experience handling a wide breadth of complex commercial and employment-related litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country, in addition to the many disputes we have resolved in alternative forums such as arbitration and mediation. Specific practice areas where our litigators represent clients are discussed below.
Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of Pennsylvania’s Right-to Know Law, frequently representing requesters, public agencies and interested third parties in litigation before the Office of Open Records and Pennsylvania’s appellate courts concerning requests for, and access to, government records.
Beyond actively litigating open records matters, our attorneys also frequently advise and provide guidance to requesters and public agencies on developments in, and changes to, the Right-to-Know Law and its continually evolving body of caselaw.
Our Right-to-Know Law experience has included several high profile matters, including an appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania that resulted in the clarification of the standard to be applied in redacting legal invoices for disclosure and the rejection of a draconian per se waiver rule that had been applied in prior Right-to-Know Law appeals regarding an agency’s failure to raise all reasons for non-disclosure in the initial response. Our attorneys also successfully sought, and had affirmed on appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the reinstatement of the Executive Director of the independent Office of Open Records after the newly-elected Governor attempted to terminate the Executive Director without cause.