Municipal Law

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act (OMA)

Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) have in-depth knowledge of both the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and have defended clients in cases stemming from alleged violations. We explain to clients when closed meetings may be had, what information may be discussed, and how the minutes from those meetings must be prepared and stored.

CMDA has prepared hundreds of responses to FOIA requests for our clients. Our attorneys have knowledge of the explicit requirements of FOIA, including what should be included in FOIA request responses, what must be disclosed, what should be redacted, and what records are exempt from disclosure.

Because of our knowledge in these areas, CMDA offers educational training and seminars to inform and educate clients on the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act, as well as advising clients on how to prevent litigation. We routinely give on-site, complementary seminars and presentations to our clients and have authored handbooks on these topics, such as the 2015 Open Meetings Act Handbook.