What personal information is collected through this website and how is it used?
We only collect information submitted to us directly by the user. This is information we receive through the contact form on our website, i.e., through the “contact us” or “start the conversation” features of our webpage. This information then comes to us in the form of an email from the website, and a copy of it is thereafter stored in our firm’s email servers and electronic devices. Do not submit any sensitive personally identifiable information (e.g. Social Security Number; date of birth; driver’s license number; or credit card, bank account or other financial information) as doing so is unnecessary and not advisable. If you submit any sensitive information, you do so at your own risk and we will not be liable to you or responsible for consequences of your submission.
Information that you provide to us through the contact form will be used so that we may respond to your inquiry. We may also use information you provide to us to communicate with you in the future.
Who has access to the information?
Any legal inquiries or requests for legal assistance sent through our website using this feature are maintained as strictly confidential and are protected under the umbrella of attorney-potential client privilege and confidentiality. The only people who have access to information submitted through the “contact us” feature on our website are the attorneys and staff that work for our firm.
If we are unable to assist with your matter, but know an unaffiliated attorney or firm that may be able to help you, then we may ask you if you would like a referral to another attorney. If you indicate you would like a referral, then we may share your information with the attorneys we communicate with in the process of finding a referral for you.
The only other times your information may be disclosed is: (1) with your implicit or explicit consent, (2) as required by law or in response to a lawful subpoena or court order, (3) if compelled to do so under the Illinois Supreme Court Rules of Professional Conduct, (4) as needed in connection with the transfer of our business assets (for example, if we acquire or are acquired by another firm or if we are liquidated during bankruptcy proceedings), or (5) if we believe in good faith that sharing the data is necessary to protect our rights or property.
How is personal information protected?
We take certain appropriate security measures to help protect your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. However, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized persons will always be unable to defeat our security measures.