FOIA/Public Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act is the federal law that governs how federal government entities must respond to requests for information.

The Texas Public Information Act is the state law that governs how most government entities within the State of Texas must respond to requests for information. The PIA process often requires significant interaction with the Texas Attorney General’s Office and subsequent litigation in Travis County (Austin), Texas.

FOIA and the PIA have increasingly been used as a competitive business tool. Gardere’s FOIA/Public Information Act attorneys have extensive experience representing individuals and entities seeking to protect their confidential information in the possession of government entities from being inappropriately released to their competitors or other members of the public. We also represent individuals and entities seeking to obtain information in the possession of government entities. This gives us a unique and full understanding of the process. We regularly handle FOIA/Public Information Act matters from the earliest request stage, briefing before the federal agency and/or Texas Attorney General, to the conclusion of trial and appellate proceedings.

Founded over 100 years ago in Texas, Gardere is a full-service firm.  Our FOIA/PIA team is led by the former top litigator at the Texas Attorney General’s Office and former assistant attorneys general. 

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Entering two terms together in a search field will behave as though an "OR" is being used.  For example, entering "Antique Motorcars" as a Client Name search will find results with either word in the Client Name.

Operators

AND and OR may be used in a search.  Note: they must be capitalized, e.g., "Project AND Finance." 

The + and - sign operators may be used.  The + sign indicates that the term immediately following is required, while the - sign indicates to omit results that contain that term. E.g., "+real -estate" says results must have "real" but not "estate".

To perform an exact phrase search, surround your search phrase with quotation marks.  For example, "Project Finance".

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