Attorney John C. "Jack" Greiner sees himself in a unique position: Employed at a private law firm, working for private clients, but at the same time, getting to serve the public and the public interest.

"I really think the public has the right to know governmental information, that openness in government is best," says the partner at Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP, whose practice includes First Amendment and media law. "Bad things happen when government isn't transparent."

Greiner's philosophy on public records has led him to represent such varied clients as the Cincinnati Enquirer, Courthouse News Service and Regent Communications. In the case of the Enquirer, a recent case involved the city withholding lead citations issued to property owners. "The reporter, Sherry Coolidge, requested that information. The health department refused, saying these were confidential medical records.

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