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Privacy & Cookie Policy

We at Adams and Reese LLP (“we”) are committed to our clients as well as our website users. We have posted this Privacy and Cookies Policy (“Policy”) to ensure that our website users understand what kind of personal information we collect, how this information is handled, and who has access to this information.

This Policy applies only to our processing of the personal information of website visitors on the www.adamsandreese.com website linked to this Policy. Processing of data by other affiliated entities or third parties may be governed by separate privacy policies, and we recommend that you review the privacy policies of those other entities.

While this website is mainly intended for users in the United States, we understand that some of our users may reside elsewhere. If you are located outside of the United States, please note that by using our services and website, you may be transferring your personal information to a country that does not have the same data protection laws as your home country.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@arlaw.com.

I. Information We Collect and How We Use It

Personal Information

We collect various types of personal information depending on how you use our services and website.

When you visit our website, we record your visit in a log file, including the name of each accessed webpage, the date and time of access, the data volume transferred, the operating system used by you, the referrer URL (the previously visited website), your IP address and the access requesting provider. We collect this information in order to ensure website security.

If you are a website visitor, prospective client, or client that choses to submit information through the “Contact Us” form, or other form, on our website, we may collect your name, company, email address, phone number, and other information you choose to voluntarily provide.  We collect this information in order to process and respond to your inquiries.

All of the above-described processing is legally based in our legitimate interest, which is the proper functioning of our commercial activity.

If you indicate that you want to receive marketing emails from us, we collect your name and email address to send you information about our people, services, events, or other activities that we believe may be of interest to you. We collect this information in order to provide you such information at your request. You can unsubscribe from receiving such emails at any time by emailing us at info@arlaw.com or clicking the appropriate link in such an email.

If you are a current client paying an invoice online, you will be redirected to a third-party website owned by service provider “ClientPay”, which processes our billing information and collects certain information including payment amount, cardholder name, card number, expiration date, CVV number, billing address, invoice number, phone number, client number, client name, contact person, matter number, email address, and additional information you voluntarily provide. We do not control or operate ClientPay, and do not collect any of the information that you submit through ClientPay except for the processing report provided to us with your payment, which is processed for the proper functioning of our commercial activity. For more information concerning ClientPay’s processing of your personal information, we recommend you review ClientPay’s privacy policy located at https://webapp.clientpay.com/.

We believe the risk to your data protection rights is not excessive or overly intrusive in connection with the personal information that we process. We do not use techniques that collect personal information without your knowledge or sell email addresses or provide any personal information submitted through our website to any third parties for direct marketing purposes. If you choose to withhold personal information from us, we may not able to provide you with the services you request.

Retention Periods

We have also put in place protections for your rights by ensuring proper retention periods. We will only retain your personal information as long as necessary to fulfill the specific purpose for which we collected such information or as outlined below:

Purpose of Processing Applicable Retention Period
Recording website visits 30 days, unless required for the clarification of or as evidence for specific infringements which emerge during the retention period
Responding to inquiries 3 years after the inquiry is made
Sending marketing materials 3 years after consent to receive marketing emails is withdraw
Managing ClientPay accounts 5 years after closure of the account

While we process your personal information, we will ensure that it is processed in accordance with this Policy.

Other Information Collected

When you use our website, we may also collect information that, by itself, cannot be used to directly identify or contact you, such as demographic information or technical information (such as the type of browser you are using or the website you visit immediately before or immediately after you visit our website). Such information may also include the information that you provide through your use of our website, such as the terms you enter into a search form. This information helps us evaluate website usage and trends and allows us to improve our website content.

Online Tracking How We Respond to Do Not Track Signals

Online tracking is the collection of data about an individual’s Internet activity used to deliver targeted advertisements and for other purposes.  Some web browsers (including Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome) incorporate a “Do Not Track” (DNT) or similar feature that signals to websites that a visitor does not want to have his/her online activity and behavior tracked.  If an online service elects to respond to a particular DNT signal, the service may refrain from collecting certain personal information about the browser’s user.  Not all browsers offer a DNT option and there is currently no industry consensus as to what constitutes a DNT signal.  For these reasons, we, like many website operators, do not take action to respond to DNT signals.  For more information about DNT signals, visit http://allaboutdnt.com.

II. How We Share Your Information

Third-Party Providers

We may share your personal information with outside companies that perform services for us, such as processing invoice payments. When we work with an outside party, we require that these parties agree to process your personal information based on our instructions and in compliance with this Policy and applicable laws. We will take appropriate steps to ensure your information will be used solely to provide services requested by us, and not for other purposes.

Business Transactions

We may buy, sell, or combine with other firms. If so, personal information that we or other firms have collected may be transferred as part of the transaction, subject to applicable law.

Other Disclosures

We may disclose your personal information in response to subpoenas, court orders, or other lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements. We may also disclose personal information in order to enforce or apply our rights and agreements, or when we believe in good faith that disclosing this information is necessary or advisable, including, for example, to protect the rights, property, or safety of our businesses, our website, our clients, our users, or others, as permitted under the applicable laws, or as otherwise required by law or by government and regulatory entities.

III. Security of the Information We Collect

The security of your personal information is important to us and we maintain reasonable physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to secure the personal information we collect, prevent unauthorized access, and maintain data accuracy. Despite our efforts, there is always some risk in transmitting electronic information. Though we use security measures consistent with industry standards, we cannot guarantee the security of our databases, nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted.

IV. Children’s Privacy

Our website is not intended to knowingly collect personal information from children. Accordingly, we do not distribute such information to third parties or otherwise process such information. If you are a parent/guardian and you suspect your child may have submitted personal information to us, please send us an email at info@arlaw.com. If we become aware that a child has provided us with personal information, we will strive to delete such information from our files as soon as possible.

V. Your Rights

The following section explains rights that you may exercise (where available under applicable law). The various rights are not absolute, and each is subject to certain exceptions:

  • The right of access – You have the right to obtain from us confirmation as to whether or not your personal information is being processed by us, and about certain other information (similar to that provided in this policy) about how it is used. You also have the right to access your personal information, by requesting a copy of the personal information concerning you, which in most cases will be provided free of charge. This is so you are aware and can check that we are using your information in accordance with applicable data protection and privacy laws. We can refuse to provide information where doing so may reveal personal information about another person or would otherwise negatively impact another person’s rights, or where your requests are repetitive and excessive.
  • The right to rectification (correction) – You can ask us to take measures to correct your personal information if it is inaccurate or incomplete (e.g., if we have the wrong name or address for you).
  • The right to erasure (deletion) – This is also known as the “right to be forgotten” and, in simple terms, enables you to request the deletion or removal of your personal information where, for example, there is no compelling reason for us to keep using it or its use is unlawful. This is however not a general right to erasure and there are some exceptions, e.g., where we need to use the information in defense of a legal claim or to comply with a legal obligation.
  • The right to restrict processing – You have the right to “block” or suppress the further use of your personal information when we are assessing a request for rectification or as an alternative to erasure. When processing is restricted, we can still store your personal information, but may not use it further.
  • The right to data portability – You have the right to obtain and reuse certain personal information for your own purposes across different organizations (being separate data controllers). This only applies to your personal information that you have provided to us that we are processing with your consent and for the purposes of contract fulfillment, which is being processed by automated means. In such a case we will provide you with a copy of your data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or (where technically feasible) we may transmit your data directly to a separate data controller.
  • The right to object – You have the right to object to certain types of processing, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time insofar as that processing takes place for the purposes of our legitimate interests. We will be allowed to continue to process the personal information if we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing that override your interests, rights and freedoms or we need this for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims. If you object to the processing of your personal information for direct marketing purposes, we will no longer process your personal information for such purposes.
  • The right to withdraw consent – Where we process your personal information on the basis of your consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. However, such withdrawal does not affect the lawfulness of the processing that occurred prior to such withdrawal.
  • The right to lodge a complaint – If you believe that we do not comply with applicable data protection laws, you have the right to lodge a complaint before any competent data protection authority.

You may contact us any time at info@arlaw.com to exercise these rights. Please note that data which cannot be used to identify you, e.g., data that has been anonymized for analysis purposes, is not affected by the above rights.   

VI. Cookies

When you visit or interact with our website, we (or our third-party providers) may use “cookies” or other similar technologies to personalize and enhance your experience. A “cookie” is a small piece of information sent to a visitor’s computer or other Internet-connected devices to uniquely identify the visitor’s browser or to store information or settings in the browser. Cookies are used to make our website work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide data to the website owners. Our website uses required cookies and analytics and performance cookies.

Required cookies enable you to move from page to page and to use features on our website while your browser remains open.

Analytics and performance cookies allow us to collect data concerning the website, including the number of visitors, where the visitors have come from, and the length of time visitors spend on the website, which allows us to analyze how our website is used and how it is performing. We use the following third-party providers for analytics and performance tracking, and you can learn more about their privacy policies and how to opt-out of their cookies by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Google Analytics: http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html.

Our website also uses “social buttons” to enable users to share or bookmark web pages to third-party social media sites. You can learn more about the privacy policies of these third-party sites and how to opt-out of their cookies by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Facebook.com: https://www.facebook.com/policies/cookies/

LinkedIn.com: https://privacy.linkedin.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/en/privacy

The storage and use of analytics and performance cookies on the device of a visitor requires consent. By continuing to browse the website after having seen the cookies banner displayed on the home page of the website, you consent to the storing of cookies on your device.

The majority of web browsers accept cookies and similar files, but you can usually change your browser settings to prevent this. If for any reason you decide that you do not like our use of certain cookies, you can simply change your settings. The setting of each browser is different. It is described in the browser’s help menu.

Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences

- Click the access Menu button and then choose “Options”
- Choose “Privacy & Security”
- Set the History Section on “Use custom settings for History”
- Uncheck the box “Accept cookies from websites”.
- All changes you have made will be automatically saved.

Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/products/windows?os=windows-7

- Select the Tool button, then Internet Options.
- Select Privacy Tab, and then under Settings, move the cursor to the top to block all cookies or to the bottom to allow cookies, then click on OK.

Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en

- Select the Chrome menu icon.
- Click on “Settings”.
- At the bottom, click on “Advanced”.
- Under “Privacy and security,” click on “Content settings”.
- Click on “Cookies”.
- Turn “Allow sites to save and read cookie data” on or off.

Safari: https://www.apple.com/legal/privacy/en-ww/cookies/

- Click on “Settings” > “Safari” > “Privacy” > “Cookies and website data”
- Then select “always block cookies”.

If you have any specific questions about the use of cookies on our website, please feel free to contact us at any time by emailing info@arlaw.com with the subject line “Cookie Request.”

VII. Changes

We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time, and will post any changes as soon as they go into effect. Please refer back to this Policy on a regular basis. This Policy was last updated June 27, 2019.

We welcome any feedback or questions you may have about this Policy. If you wish to contact us, please send us an email at info@arlaw.com.