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Public Interest Law

Finney Law Firm’s public interest practice consists of two sides of the coin.

On the one hand, we are proud to bring our experience to the table to represent public entities in their performance of on behalf of the voters and taxpayers, using our years of experience to ensure a culture of accountability.

On the other hand, we are able to effectively represent individuals and small businesses in their disputes with governmental actors, whether administrators, legislators and in the courts.

Government officials can cost your business precious time and money, whether through oppressive legislation, over-zealous or improper regulation, licensure challenges, or administrative enforcement actions.

Many times — perhaps too frequently — courts give great latitude to this aggressive and capricious conduct of bureaucrats.  In that case, we advocate for our clients to reduce the cost and delay of the enforcement action.

Occasionally, though, the conduct of government officials exceeds the authority they have under the U.S. and/or State Constitutions and authorizing legislation.  In these instances, we find we can be most effective by directly confronting the illegal conduct of government actors.

Our firm has successfully prosecuted actions in the following areas:

  • Violations of the United States Constitution,
  • Violations of the Ohio Constitution,
  • Zoning and land use,
  • Defending professional licenses,
  • Violations of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act,
  • Taxpayer actions,
  • Violations of Ohio’s Open meetings law, and
  • Violations of Ohio’s Public Records law.

Significant cases include:

  • Susan B. Anthony List, et al. v. Ohio Elections Commission, U.S. Supreme Court (2014);
  • NorCal Tea Party Patriots v. Internal Revenue Service, United States District Court (2013);
  • Brinkman v. Budish, United States District Court (2010);
  • Kruse v. City of Cincinnati, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (1998);
  • Trinity Baptist Church, et al. v. City of Newport; Kentucky, United States District Court (2002);
  • Brinkman v. Cincinnati Public School, United States District Court (2002) and Hamilton County Common Pleas Court (2010 and 2012);
  • Liberty Township Tea Party v. International Brotherhood of Elec. Workers, AFL-CIO, Local 648, United States District Court (2010); 
  • Petranek v. City of Cleveland,  United States District Court (2011);
  • Citizens for a Better Kettering v. City of Kettering United States District Court (2012); and
  • Andover Tea Party v. Andover Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio, United States District Court (2010).

For an example of how we have made a difference in this area for our clients, click here.

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Contact us to see how Finney Law Firm can make a difference in exploring your rights against government actions.