California Public Records Act

The California Public Records Act was adopted to foster transparency, accountability and greater public access to government records. While these are all worthy goals, complying with records requests can be complicated, costly and time consuming. This is especially true with increasing amounts of data being stored, accessed and shared on both public and private devices. Public agencies must wade through large amounts of data, determine disclosability and exemptions under the PRA, all while respecting privacy rights and responding within a reasonable time to records requests. The consequences for not doing this right can be expensive litigation and the requester’s attorneys’ fees.
 
Faced with these challenges, local public agencies, including cities, special districts and school districts, rely on Best Best & Krieger LLP for clear and accurate guidance. With the largest full-service public agency practice in California and a reputation as a leader in the field, BB&K regularly provides hundreds of public agencies throughout the State with timely, strategic advice on all aspects of the PRA.

BB&K is also pleased to offer ARC: Advanced Records Center — a full-service, scalable and responsive resource utilizing experienced legal personnel and leading-edge technology to supplement in-house resources for greater consistency, efficiency and lower litigation liability (or risk). ARC provides comprehensive legal service with cost-effective support for records-related matters including PRA request processing, as well as policy drafting and training.

Leading Authority
 Always at the forefront on emerging issues, our attorneys and paralegals are leading authorities in public agency and PRA law. Members of our firm were instrumental in helping prepare the League of California Cities’ Guide to the California Public Records Act. We speak and write extensively on legislative changes and legal developments impacting how the PRA is interpreted and applied, and always keep our clients informed. For example, BB&K was one of the first law firms to advise clients on the significant impact of the California Supreme Court’s 2017 City of San Jose decision regarding disclosure of records stored on personal electronic devices. Through decades of practice, we understand the challenges our public agency clients face and are well prepared with strategies to help streamline the response process and avoid costly pitfalls.
 
Comprehensive Service
 Our services include: 

  • Helping clients efficiently locate, review and produce hard copy and electronic records while ensuring privacy rights are respected
  • Evaluating what should be disclosed — and which documents and communications are exempt from disclosure
  • Establishing best practices for agency staff members on PRA compliance, access and response protocols, and privacy protection
  • Providing clear guidance and assistance in responding to, and fulfilling, records requests
  • Drafting determination letters that document the agency response efforts, build public trust and shield the agency from costly litigation
  • Keeping our clients current regarding pending legislation and cases, court decisions and significant statutory and regulatory developments
  • Providing customized training programs on best practices
  • Representing clients’ processes before courts to defend their disclosure determinations and claims of exemption
  • Consulting with city attorneys on PRA disclosure, litigation and writs
  • Guiding clients through the legal provisions affecting police, fire and public education records under the PRA and education statutes

 
Further, with the emergence of new technologies, we use ARC’s certified e-Discovery specialists to regularly advise clients regarding the use of public and private electronic devices, and the public’s right to access information, including electronic communications.

BB&K is helping public agencies navigate Public Records Act compliance with our new Advanced Records Center. Combining legal know-how with cutting-edge technology, ARC provides comprehensive and cost-effective support for all records-related matters, including PRA requests. To learn more, visit the ARC page or email ARC@bbklaw.com

Areas of Focus: Charters & Internal Organizations | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Business Services & School Facilities | California Public Records Act | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Safety | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: ARC: Advanced Records Center | California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity
Areas of Focus: Education Law | Eminent Domain | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: ARC: Advanced Records Center | California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law
Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law
Areas of Focus: Business Services & School Facilities | California Public Records Act | Education Law | Public Contracts & Construction
Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts | Water
Areas of Focus: Bankruptcy | Business Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Trusts & Estates
Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: ARC: Advanced Records Center | California Public Records Act | Municipal Law
Areas of Focus: California Coastal Act | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Eminent Domain | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Labor & Employment | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Eminent Domain | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Public-Private Partnerships
Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | California Public Records Act | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Business | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: ARC: Advanced Records Center | California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: ARC: Advanced Records Center | California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Elections | Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Labor & Employment | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Safety
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Education Law | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation
Areas of Focus: ARC: Advanced Records Center | Board Governance & Administration | California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Safety | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Nancy G. Stubbs

Nancy G. Stubbs

Lead Paralegal*/PRA Services Coordinator

nancy.stubbs@bbklaw.com

(909) 483-6649

Areas of Focus: ARC: Advanced Records Center | California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Transportation
Areas of Focus: Business Services & School Facilities | Charter Schools | Education Law | Education Litigation | Special Education | Student Affairs
Areas of Focus: ARC: Advanced Records Center | California Public Records Act | Municipal Law
Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Trusts & Estates
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Elections | Environmental Litigation | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | General & Special Counsel | Investigations | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
Christine N. Wood

Christine N. Wood

Director of PRA Services and E-Discovery Counsel

christine.wood@bbklaw.com

(213) 542-3861

Areas of Focus: ARC: Advanced Records Center | Board Governance & Administration | California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: ARC: Advanced Records Center | California Public Records Act | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
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