FOIA Advisor

Q&A: Where art thou, FOIA lawyer?

Q&A (2017)Allan BlutsteinComment

Q.   I know you cannot recommend anyone particular law firm or attorney but can you direct me as to what kind of practicing attorney to look for?  I'm completely clueless on where to start.

A.  FOIA attorneys often work as solo practitioners or at public interest organizations or small law firms.  Public interest groups are more likely to accept cases that implicate broad issues, as opposed to ones vindicating only the personal interests of the requester.  Many of the more experienced FOIA attorneys practice in the D.C. area, given the volume of litigation there.  You might want to browse the database of FOIA lawsuits on FOIA Project to get a sense of which attorneys are handling cases like yours.