Preti Flaherty media law attorneys have the proven knowledge and experience to advise on state and federal freedom of information compliance and disputes. Within the last ten years we have filed briefs in eight freedom of information appeals decided by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court:

  • Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios, LLP v. State Tax Assessor, 2014 ME 6, 86 A.3d 30
  • MaineToday Media, Inc. v. State of Maine, 2013 ME 100, 41 Media L. Rep. 2673
  • State of Maine v. Strong (In re. MaineToday Media, Inc.), 2013 ME 12, 59 A.3d 499, 41 Media L.Rep. 1237
  • MacImage of Me., LLC v. Androscoggin Cty., 2012 ME 44, 40 A.3d 975
  • Anastos v. Town of Brunswick, 2011 ME 41, 15 A.3d 1279
  • Moore v. Abbott, 2008 ME 100, 952 A.2d 980
  • Blethen Maine Newspapers v. Portland School Cmte, 2008 ME 69, 947 A.2d 479, 36 Media.L.Rep. 1652
  • Citizens Communications Co. v. Attorney General, 2007 ME 114, 931 A.2d 503
  • Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc. v. State of Maine, 2005 ME 56, 871 A.2d 523, 33 Media L.Rep 1616

Preti's media law attorneys have also been involved in numerous freedom of information proceedings that were resolved by trial judges (but not appealed) and disputes resolved short of litigation. We also have litigated federal freedom of information claims.

Our attorneys have written several articles on access to government records published in the Maine Bar Journal, and author the Maine chapter in the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press' annual 50-state survey of public access laws, the Open Government Guide. We are frequently invited to present on the subject of access to public information, including:

  • "Access to Public Records in the Electronic Age," National Business Institute, Portland, ME (December, 2013)
  • "What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings in Maine," Lorman Educational Services, Portland, ME (March 26, 2013)

However you are engaging with public information, our team will provide effective and timely counsel to enable you to reach your goal.