WMA Privacy Policy

This “Privacy Policy” is designed to notify you about how Witham Mahoney & Abbott, LLP, a California limited liability partnership (“WMA”) collects, uses, discloses, transfers, and otherwise processes personally identifiable information (collectively, “Personal Information”)that we collect on this site (www.wmalawfirm.com).  Each time you visit the site, you consent to the collection, use, disclosure, and processing of Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. In particular, if you are located in a jurisdiction outside the United States, you consent to the transfer of your Personal Information to our servers and computer systems anywhere in the world, including to countries that may not provide an equivalent level of data protection to the laws in your home jurisdiction. If you provide any Personal Information that relates to another person you hereby state and agree that you have obtained proper consent from such person for the use, disclosure, and processing of such Personal Information as described in this Privacy Policy.

Collection of Personally Identifiable Information

The site actively collects Personal Information from you when you register with the site, when you send any e-mail to the site administrator, and when you submit any information to the site. The kinds of Personal Information you may provide include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, user ID, credit card information, and other information that you include in any communication or submission. In the course of representing you, you may also provide certain other types of personally identifiable information to us through this site, through our on-line client portal, via email or by other means. Such additional Personal Information may include highly sensitive personal information including information provided to us in connection with your legal representation which could include your social security number, EIN number, other personal, corporate or asset-specific or liability-specific identification, license or other registration numbers. We may use this Personal Information to provide legal services to you, to communicate to you, to register you with the site, open an account with WMA and/or this site, to process purchase orders, payment transactions or retainer deposits that you place through the site, to post your submissions to the site and to provide information to others regarding your use of the site and/or in connection with WMA’s representation of you. We may also use Personal Information to notify you about products, servicesor news events that may be of interest to you.

If you wish to subscribe to a newsletter that we may offer to you, we will use your name and email address to send the newsletter to you. Out of respect for your privacy, we will provide you a way to unsubscribe. If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter and/or promotional communications, you may opt-out of receiving them by following the instructions included in each newsletter or communication or by emailing us atabbott@wmalawfirm.com.

Collection of Passive Information

The site may also passively collect certain kinds of information that reveal the frequency with which you visit the site, the times and dates of your visits, the pages you reviewed, your purchase/payment history, products/services that you view, persons with whom you interact and other information. Information is collected through various means. We use Internet protocol (IP) addresses to administer the site. We use navigational data, including domain information, to identify information about your web browser and operating system, the time period in which you visit the site or a portion of the site and other the site members with whom you collaborate. We also may use a third-party tracking service that uses tracking technologies to track non-personally identifiable information about visitors to our site in the aggregate. This information is used to administer the site, report usage metrics and otherwise operate and improve the site content.

Like many Internet sites, this site may use small text files called “cookies” that are sent to the hard drive of your computer to store bits of information related to your use of the site. Cookies can store a variety of information, including IP addresses, navigational data, server information, data transfer times, user preferences, and passwords needed to access the site. The “Help” section of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have your browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to configure your browser to reject cookies altogether. However, if you disable cookies, you might not be able to access important functions or features of the site and your use of the site may be limited.

Use and Disclosure of Personal Identifiable Information and Passive Information

The site combines passively collected information (as described above) with all or some types of actively collected Personal Information and such information may be stored digitally or in hard-copy as part of your profile and our records. We do record and use personal information provided by you in order to process orders on the site and provide customer service. This can include name, address information and contact information you enter in connection with initiating or completing online payment transactions. When you engage in an on-line payment transaction, we will facilitate the transfer of your name, address, credit card details, and purchase amount as necessary for the third party to provide that service. Credit card information is collected by our PCI-compliant third-party payment processors (via web-portals they maintain and control) and are transmitted over a secure encrypted connection and stored in a datacenter until the transaction is completed, at which point it is removed unless you have requested to store your credit card details securely the credit card processor for future transactions. To the extent your Personal Information is transmitted to the previously referenced third-party service providers, each of their own privacy policies and data security policies will also apply to such Personal Information.

We may disclose or store your Personal Information with/to third party service providers performing services on our or your behalf, including third-party website hosting services, third-party law firm practice management software providers (our current provider is Themis Solutions, Inc., d/b/a Clio through the web portal www.clio.com), third-party merchant payment providers (our current provider is AffiniPay d/b/a LawPay.Com), and third-party server or data storage providers (Clio uses its own third-party “cloud” digital storage providers to store its information; we also use MicrosoftSharePoint and/or DropBox, Inc., to store certain of your Personal Information ).  Certain other of your Personal Information may be shared with other third-parties as required for us to provide the services you request or authorized us to perform on your behalf.

We also may disclose or transfer Personal Information (and any related information) as required by law; in urgent circumstances to protect personal safety, the public or this site; to third-parties (pursuant to a written confidentiality agreement) in connection with any sale, assignment, or other transfer of all or a part of our business or company. Notwithstanding any other provision herein to the contrary, the foregoing is not intended to and does not apply to any information protected by the attorney/client privilege.

Links to Other Sites

If you use any of the links on this site to link to other sites not maintained by WMA, know that such sites are not under the ownership or control of WMA.  Accordingly, WMA can make no representation concerning the quality, safety or suitability of the content of any sites outside its control, nor does the inclusion of these links serve as an endorsement by WMA of any of these sites. WMA is providing this site, the information, listings, and links contained herein only as a convenience to you.This privacy policy applies only to information collected by or obtainable through this site.

Access to Personally Identifiable Information

If you wish to update any Personal Information you have previously provided, or to exercise any right of access, rectification, deletion, or opposition to the processing of your Personal Information that you may have under applicable law, please contact us at abbott@wmalawfirm.com. We reserve the right to use Personal Information obtained previously to verify your identity and as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy.

Security

The security of your Personal Information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number and/or social security number) via this site, we or our third-party service providers encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). However, it is important to note that transmissions over the Internet are never 100% secure or error-free. As a result, we do not, and cannot, guarantee the security, accuracy, or completeness of Personal Information. However, we do take efforts to maintain reasonable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to protect Personal Information against unauthorized disclosure or access.

Changes in this Privacy Statement

We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time and in our sole discretion, except where prior notice or consent is required by law. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement. Any such changes will become effective as of the date of the posted changes.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us by sending us an email to: abbott@wmalawfirm.com or by U.S. Mail to:
Witham Mahoney & Abbott, LLP
Attention: Daniel Abbott, Esq.
501 West Broadway, Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92101
619-407-0505 (mail)
619-872-0711(fax)