Open Government Laws
Wilentz lawyers have extensive experience with open government laws, and the fine balance between the public’s right to information and the right of private individuals and entities to confidentiality. We advise businesses and governmental entities in matters requiring compliance with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act (“OPMA”), the Open Public Records Act ("OPRA"), common law right to know law, and the Freedom Of Information Act ("FOIA"). We are well versed in the procedures and cases relied upon by the Government Records Council to determine whether requests for access to certain public records should be granted or denied.
We also frequently represent companies and individuals seeking to obtain access to government records, and we have successfully represented companies seeking to maintain the confidentiality of certain proprietary information included in public records. We provide advice to and defense of our public clients in responding to government records requests.