Attorneys are required by law to inform their clients of their policies regarding privacy of client information. Attorneys have been and continue to be bound by professional standards of confidentiality that are even more stringent than those required by law. The American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct strictly prohibit the disclosure of any information relating to the representation of a client except when the client consents after consultation, when disclosures are impliedly authorized in order to carry out the representation, or in other very limited circumstances.
Types of Nonpublic Personal Information We Collect
In providing you with legal services, we collect nonpublic personal information about you that is provided by you or obtained by us with your authorization.
Protecting the Confidentiality and Security of Clients' Information
Whether you are an existing client or former client, all the information we receive from you is held in confidence. We do not disclose any nonpublic personal information about current or former clients obtained in the course of representation except as expressly or impliedly authorized by such clients to enable us to effectuate the purpose of our representation or as required or permitted by law or applicable provisions of codes of professional responsibility or ethical rules governing our conduct as lawyers.
We retain records relating to personal services that we provide so that we are better able to assist you with your professional needs, and in some cases to comply with federal and state law and professional guidelines. In order to protect the confidentiality and security of your nonpublic personal information, we maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with our professional standards.
Specific to Social Security numbers, our policy is that we protect the confidentiality of our clients’ Social Security numbers, prohibit unlawful disclosure of our clients’ Social Security numbers, and limit access to our clients’ Social Security numbers in the same manner as we do all other nonpublic personal information. We safeguard the data, computer files, and documents containing your personal information and destroy, erase, or make unreadable such data, computer files, and documents prior to disposal.