While browsing this Blog, you may, from time-to-time, be asked to provide personal information to the Firm. For example, you may be asked to provide personal information when you:
- Request that we send new posts to you by email;
- Email, call or otherwise communicate directly with someone at the Firm;
- Post a question or comment on this Blog;
- Request literature from the Firm;
- Register to attend a seminar or event;
- Participate in an online survey; or
- Ask to be added to an email or regular mail mailing list.
Personal information that you may be asked to provide, in these situations, may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Your first and last name;
- Your email address;
- Your mailing address;
- Other contact information, such as a telephone number and/or fax number;
- Your occupation;
- Your industry; or
- Other information that may be necessary to provide information or a service that you have requested.
If you are asked to provide personal information to the Firm while browsing this Blog, you will have an opportunity to decline to provide it. If you provide the requested personal information, the Firm will not intentionally transfer this personal information to third parties without your consent, except under the limited conditions described, below, in the Section entitled “Information Sharing and Disclosure.”
Domain Information Collection
The Firm may collect domain information so that we can analyze how our visitors use this Blog. We collect this data so that we can find out who visits this Blog, how often they visit, and which pages and posts they visit most frequently. The Firm then uses this information to improve this Blog and other blogs and websites published by the Firm. This information is collected automatically and requires no action on your part.
Some pages on this Blog may use “cookies,” i.e. small files that this Blog places on your hard drive for identification purposes. A cookie file can contain information such as a user ID to track the pages visited. These files are used for site registration and customization the next time you visit this Blog.
Your Web browser may allow you to be notified when you are receiving a cookie, giving you the choice to accept it or not. If you prefer not to receive cookies while browsing on this Blog, you can set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies and refuse the cookie when your browser alerts you to its presence. You can also refuse all cookies by turning them off in your browser. Please note that, if you decide to refuse all cookies, some pages of this Blog may not fully function, and you may not be able to access certain information on this Blog.
Information Sharing and Disclosure
Personal information you provide to the Firm while browsing this Blog will not be intentionally shared outside of the Firm except: (i) with your consent; (ii) to third-party vendors of the Firm in connection with their performance of tasks for, and/or their provision of services to, the Firm; (iii) if we are required, by law, to disclose your personal information; or (iv) if there is an emergency in which the disclosure of your personal information is required to protect your personal safety or the safety of others or to protect the Firm, this Blog or any other blog or website published by the Firm.
Although the Firm strives to protect your personal information, we also urge you to take your own precautions to protect your personal data whenever you are on the Internet, including changing your passwords often and using a combination of letters, numbers and symbols in every password.
Links to Third Party Sites
This Blog may contain links to other websites and blogs. The Firm does not share your personal information with those Web sites and is not responsible for their privacy practices. We encourage you to learn about the privacy policies of each website and blog that you visit.
You cannot become a client of the Firm solely by visiting this Blog and/or reviewing the information set forth in this Blog. Transmission and receipt of the information in this Blog is not intended to solicit or create, and does not create, any attorney-client relationship between the Firm and any person or entity. No attorney-client relationship can be created with the Firm unless and until a written engagement letter, prepared by the Firm, has been executed by the Firm and the client.
If such an engagement letter is signed by you and the Firm and, as a result, you become a client of the Firm, we may, from time to time, receive significant personal financial information from you, in the course of providing you with legal advice. You should know that attorneys have been and continue to be bound by professional standards of confidentiality that are even more stringent than those required by federal law and have always protected their clients’ right to privacy. All non-public, personal information that we receive from our clients in the course of providing them with advice is held in confidence, and is not released to people outside the Firm, except as agreed to by our clients, or as required by applicable law.
We retain records relating to professional services that we provide so that we are better able to assist our clients with their professional needs and, in some cases, to comply with professional guidelines. In order to guard our clients’ nonpublic personal information, we maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with the standards of our profession.
The Firm reserves the right to change, modify and/or update this policy at any time without notice. We will disclose any substantial changes in the way that we use the personal information obtained from visitors to this Blog by updating this page to include such changes.