We understand that our clients furnish privileged and personal information to us in the normal course of doing business, and we are committed to treating such information responsibly. Our clients expect privacy and security of all privileged and personal information which they have provided to us, to which we have access, or which we have collected independently. Privileged information means confidential information about a client that is non-public information and is not specific to any particular matter for which we have been retained. Personal information (personally identifiable information or PII) means information capable of being associated with a particular individual through one or more identifiers, including, but not limited to, first and last name or first initial and last name in combination with specific pieces of identifying information such as a Social Security number, a driver’s license number, a state identification card number, an account number, a credit or debit card number, a passport number, an alien registration number or a health insurance identification number and does not include information that is lawfully made available to the general public from federal, state or local government records or widely distributed media.
We do not collect personally identifiable information through our website, and we do not collect online tracking information.
Any employee access to privileged or personal information (PII) is authorized for business purposes only and is based on the sensitivity of the information and our employees’ need to know. We remind employees regularly of their obligations regarding privileged and personal information and have established and continually maintain security standards and procedures to help protect against unauthorized access or disclosure of non-public privileged and personal information for which we have been entrusted, including steps to:
- Limit access to privileged and personal information to appropriate individuals for legitimate business reasons and as permitted by law or applicable ethics rules.
- Prohibit unlawful and/or unethical use or disclosure of privileged and personal information.
- Train our employees in the proper use, handling, storage and destruction of privileged and personal information.
- Obtain agreements of our business partners and vendors with authorized access to privileged and personal information to protect the confidentiality of this information.
- Review these safeguards on a regular basis.
When we no longer need our client’s privileged or personal information, we take appropriate steps to destroy, erase and make unreadable such data, computer files and documents prior to their certified destruction.
From time to time, we may use third party vendors to perform services that are necessary in the representation of our clients. It may be necessary to provide these third party vendors with, or allow access to, privileged and personal information for the limited purposes for which they have been retained. To ensure the security of this information that we provide them, we require these third party vendors to comply with our standards regarding privileged and personal information security and provide us with Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements.