Steven M. Gordon, Inc. receives non-public personal information regarding its clients and prospective clients from the clients themselves and from other professionals hired by the clients, such as accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, investigators, and insurance brokers. As required by California law and the ethical rules governing the conduct of attorneys, the law firm safeguards the confidentiality of all non-public client information and discloses this information to third parties only when the client expressly or implicitly (as in the case of exchanges of information with the client’s other professional advisors) consents to the disclosure or when disclosure is legally compelled, for example by a subpoena.
Within the firm, we restrict access to non-public personal information about clients to those employees who need that access to provide legal services to those clients. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect the confidentiality of clients’ and former clients’ non-public personal information.
We therefore do not disclose, and do not wish to reserve the right to disclose, non-public personal information about clients or former clients to anyone outside the firm, other than in the very limited circumstances described above.
As to electronically collected information, such as email and correspondence from our internet website, we will collect, store, or use personally identifiable information, such as your name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address (“Your Information”) based on your voluntary submission to us. We will use Your Information to respond to requests you may make of us, and from time to time, we may use Your Information to better understand your needs and how we can improve our websites, products, and services. All such uses will comply with all applicable laws. We may also use Your Information to contact you. However, the submission of Your Information is only necessary if you choose to use or receive certain tools or services, such as email correspondence. Any other information submitted by you in connection with these services or our websites that cannot be used to identify you (“Other Information”) may be included in databases owned and maintained by us or our agents. We and our agents retain all rights to these databases and the information contained in them.
We take precautions internally to protect your information. While we make every effort to keep your data as secure as possible, when you submit information via the website or via email, your information is sent through the Internet by unencrypted email, so the transmission of sensitive, confidential, or privileged information through this website should be avoided.
Our websites, as do most internet sites, use Other Information to track the number of visitors to our site, the number of visitors to each page of the site, and the domain names of our visitors’ internet service providers. However, no personally identifiable information is available or used in this process.
Our website might use “cookies,” that is, pieces of information that the computer hosting the site assigns to your computer browser when you access a website. Cookies help ensure a more accurate analysis of site usage. For example, our sites might set a cookie on your browser that keeps you from needing to remember and enter a password more than once during a visit to the site. Whenever cookies are used, we will not collect personally identifiable information without your permission.
In addition, our websites might have security measures in place, including the use of industry standard secure socket layer encryption, to protect the confidentiality of Your Information. However, your browser must support encryption protection to take advantage of this protection. These security measures also help us to honor your choices for the use of Your Information.
Our website contains links to a number of sites that we believe may offer useful information. The policies and procedures we described here do not apply to those sites.
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. You should be aware that this site is not intended for, or designed to attract, children under the age of 13. We do not collect personally identifiable information from any person we actually know is a child under the age of 13.
Questions regarding this statement should be directed to Steven M. Gordon, Inc.