A Powerful Tool for Due Diligence in Real Estate and Business Transactions | California Public Records Act


The California Public Records Act promotes transparency, accountability, and public access to government records. A public records request (PRR) can be a useful tool in undertaking due diligence in real estate and business transactions. With a PRR you can verify facts, find documents, and trace history. You can vet the parties with whom you want to do business, research government contracts, and identify the strengths and weaknesses of many vendors, contractors, and businesses. Crafting a successful PRR means being clear about what you want without drawing objections or seeking confidential communications.

Hamlin | Cody’s Success

Hamlin | Cody has successfully served PRRs and received responsive documents under the California Public Records Act (CPRA) and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from various agencies across the nation, including for example:

  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

  • California Department of Transportation (CalTrans)

  • Contra Costa County Transit Authority (CCCTA)

  • District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT)

  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA)

  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MassDOT)

  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA)

  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

  • City of Culver City

  • City of Los Angeles (Building & Safety, Public Works, Planning, Transportation)

  • City of Santa Monica

  • City of San Diego Development Service

  • [RFH] Los Angeles County Tax Assessor

  • Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors

Contact Our California Attorneys

At Hamlin | Cody, we are experienced in crafting clear and concise PRRs and FOIAs—often for our corporate and businesses clients, for whom corporate and transactional due diligence is a priority. We find that we are most effective when we start at the beginning—before you file. We’ll take the time to research the records you want and the agencies that are most likely to have them. We will focus, follow-up, and follow through so that you don’t have to. To talk with us, please schedule a Get Acquainted Call or Initial Case Evaluation.