For more than a century, Foster Garvey has advised our municipal government clients on the state and federal constitutions and laws affecting their organizations and operations. Washington state has a long tradition of open government and was one of the first states to adopt the appearance of fairness doctrine for the conduct of public officials in public hearings.
Foster Garvey has extensive experience advising and assisting public entities concerning the Open Public Meetings Act, Public Records Act (formerly known as the Public Disclosure Act), and state and local ethics laws that carry forward the tradition of open government. We provide our clients with a full range of services in open government, including developing policies on disclosure, management and retention of public records, advising on responses to public records requests, evaluating applicability of exemptions and providing litigation counsel when needed.
Our Local Open Government blog covers the latest in open government across the Pacific Northwest, including the Public Records Act, the Open Public Meetings Act, public disclosure, campaign finance and the Freedom of Information Act.
News & Events
- Local Open Government, 1.31.20
- Speaking EngagementSeattle, WA, 3.31.17
- "Open Government Update: Per Page Penalties, 'Commercial Purpose' Requests, and Other Developments," Washington Public Ports Association Spring MeetingSpeaking EngagementStevenson, WA, 5.12.16
- Speaking EngagementJune 2015
- "Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act Update," Washington Public Ports Association Fall Legal Committee MeetingSpeaking EngagementDecember 2014
- Speaking EngagementNovember 2014
- Speaking EngagementAugust 2014
- January 17 Public Records Act Injunction Against Hundreds of School Districts, Hospital Districts, Cities, Etc.1.21.20
- June 2013
- Cityvision Magazine, March/April 2012
- MRSC In Focus: Council/Commission Advisor, April 2012
- Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington, November 2019
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