Government shouldn't be shrouded in secrecy.
We clear the fog.
Do You Need Help?
Have you asked for government records? You might need our help if:
They denied your request
It's been two weeks and they haven't answered
They're trying to charge you fees
They provided some of the records you asked for, but not all of them, or they blacked them out
They won't give you electronic copies
You requested the records anonymously and they want you to identify yourself
You asked to have copies sent to you and they want you to come in person
The Wisconsin Transparency Project
For a democracy to work, government must be accountable to the people. Accountability requires transparency. Transparency requires commitment.
Not all government actors are comfortable being held accountable. Not all government actors are committed to transparency. Not all government actors follow the law.
When they don't follow the law, we're here for you. We will sue to get the records you asked for. We will sue to keep government transparent. We offer low- to no-cost representation for any person, seeking any record, from any custodian.
Tom Kamenick is the President and Founder of the Wisconsin Transparency Project, a law firm dedicated to strict enforcement of the state's Open Records and Open Meetings laws. Prior to founding WTP, he was Deputy Counsel and Litigation Manager at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, a non-profit law firm and think tank dedicated to the rule of law, individual liberty, constitutional government, and a robust civil society.
At WILL, Tom led the litigation team to numerous victories in federal and state court, including four wins at the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He focused on open government, municipal finance, and free speech. He also joined the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council and attended the National Freedom of Information Coalition's annual meeting in 2018.
Tom holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Marquette Law School and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Education, high honors, from UW-Milwaukee. Prior to joining WILL at its founding 2011, he spent a year as a law clerk for former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, worked as a Tax Consultant at Reinhart Boerner van Deuren, and served as research assistant to the Dean of Marquette Law School, Joseph Kearney. He also is an adjunct faculty member at Wisconsin Lutheran College, teaching undergraduate business law.
Tom lives in Port Washington (pictured here) with his beautiful wife, two children, and irish wolfhound. He enjoys putting his undergraduate degree to use singing in his church choir and performing with local community theater groups.