Personal Information We Collect
In order to meet your needs and to provide quality legal services to you, we collect various types of information that may contain Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) from the following sources:
- Information that we receive from you when you meet with us in person or over the phone, when you send us information by mail or e-mail, through our website, and on other documents or forms that we use in providing services for you. Such information may include, for instance, individuals’ name, address, social security number, income, investment and other assets, and other financial attributes.
- Information about your transactions with us, our affiliates or others. Information we receive from you when your browser interacts with us when you visit our Web site. Such information includes information transmitted on an Internet “cookie,” such as any passwords you use to access one of our Internet or Extranet sites, your preferences on such sites, and your Internet service provider’s address.
- Information we receive from a consumer reporting agency, such as credit histories and outstanding loan balances.
Sharing of Personal Information
We do not share PII with anyone other than our affiliates without your express consent, except as required or permitted by law and as described below. The law permits disclosure in certain instances, such as if we must share information to protect against fraud, in response to a court subpoena or other legal process, and the like.
We may disclose PII to affiliates of our firm (but only if such disclosure does not violate any rule of professional ethics). Our affiliates are certain companies, which provide consulting and advisory services for major construction projects, design business forms for financial institutions, operate title agencies, and the like.
We may also share PII that we collect, as described above (except for consumer reporting agency information--we do not disclose this), to nonaffiliated companies that perform support and marketing services on our behalf (such as data processing, market research, and mailings). For your protection, our agreements with these companies require that they also maintain your personal information in confidence, just as we do.
Protecting Personally Identifiable Information
Keeping PII confidential and secure is of utmost importance to us. We follow standard industry practices to actively protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of your personal information.
We also maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to guard PII. In so doing, we restrict access to PII to those employees who need to know that information to provide products or services to you and to the support service companies and financial institutions mentioned above.
In turn, those companies are legally and contractually bound to maintain the privacy of any personal information shared with them. Additionally, our employees are bound by internal confidentiality policies and are subject to disciplinary action for any policy violations.
Protecting Former Client Information