We Take Privacy and Confidentiality Very Seriously
As licensed attorneys, our continued existence as a firm and our very licensure is predicated upon adhering to the ethics rules promulgate by the State Bar of Texas. According to these ethics rules, we are required to treat all information that is provided by prospective or existing clients for the purpose of evaluating a legal case as confidential. As such, when you contact our firm, you can feel comfortable knowing that we are hyper vigilant about protecting your confidential information. However, we are permitted under the ethics rules to breach this confidentiality if:
- doing so serves some greater good (such as protecting a person from bodily harm)
- if the information in question is not the type that is required under the ethics rules to be kept confidential,
- or if there is a practical limit on our ability to keep the information confidential.
For example, if a prospective client emails our firm and threatens to harm another person, we must breach the confidentiality protocol and share that information with the authorities to prevent the harm from occurring. Or, if we are contacted by someone who is not a prospective client and/or the message is not related to a legal matter, then we have no ethical obligation to keep that information confidential. Again, we take confidentiality very seriously, and if you contact us regarding a legal matter, then, for all intents and purposes, the information you provide will be kept strictly confidential, barring some abnormal circumstances that make confidentiality a lesser priority. Such circumstances are highly unlikely to ever occur.
What information do we collect and how do we use it?
There are two types of information that we collect:
- We collect information that you provide when you fill out a form, email us, or chat with a representative online, and, obviously, you control the nature and content of that information. When this information is related to a legal matter, this information is used so that we may evaluate your potential case or answer legal questions that you may ask. Additionally, we may use your contact information to communicate with you in the future for marketing purposes (such as an email newsletter), but such marketing will always be executed per the advertising ethics rules established by the State Bar of Texas.
- We also obtain “technical” or electronic information for all visitors to our website, using programs such as Google Analytics, our chat application, and tools built into our site’s content management system. This information does not typically reveal personal information, and we primarily use it to monitor our site’s performance. In some cases we may use this technical information to alter how our site performs and what information is displayed in order to create a custom experience for certain users. For example, our site may be able to tell that your computer has been used to visit our site in the past, in which case we may display a “welcome back” message.
Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
Under no circumstances would we ever sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. There are circumstances where certain third party vendors who perform IT services for our firm or who assist in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, may have access to the information that you provide to us, when they maintain our technical systems, but such parties are bound by confidentiality agreements with our firm so as to disregard entirely any such information. As stated above, we may release your information when we believe doing so is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect our rights, property, or safety, or the rights, property, or safety of others.
Third party links
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent (as described below).
Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.
This policy was last modified on 04/15/2018.
5440 Harvest Hill Road #200
Dallas, Texas 75230