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DSLG may at any time, for any reason, and without notice or liability: (a) modify, suspend, or terminate operation of or access to the Site and related services, or (b) change, revise, or modify the Site and affiliated services.
Ownership and Intellectual Property Rights
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Types of information we collect
While using our Services, including contacting us or applying for a position, we may ask you to provide us with personal information including your name, e-mail, phone number, and zip code. Certain features of the website and/or mobile application may allow you to upload personal information. Further, where expressly designated by DSLG, some portions of the Services may be used by active DSLG clients to communicate pursuant to an attorney/client relationship. You have the choice to provide or deny such information; however, the personal information may be required to respond to your request for contact or information.
We may use third-party analytics tools, such as Google Analytics, in order to better understand your use of our Services and how we can improve them. These tools collect information sent by your browser or mobile device, including the pages you visit and other useful information. For more information regarding how Google collects, uses, and shares your information please visit http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/. To prevent data from being used by Google Analytics, you can download the opt-out browser add-on at: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
How we may use your information
We may use the information we collect:
- to facilitate your requests for a free case evaluation and determine your legal needs;
- to provide you with the legal services you request;
- to create and manage your case file;
- to respond to your inquiries and communicate with you, including placing calls or sending texts and emails;
- to send you newsletters, legal updates, event information, marketing communications, and other information that may interest you about our firm and cases we won;
- to operate, troubleshoot, and improve the Service we are offering;
- to understand how people are using the Services, including by generating and analyzing statistics;
- to improve and customize communications and advertisements;
- to evaluate, recruit, and hire personnel;
- to comply with applicable laws, regulations, and legal processes; and/or
- to protect our rights or property, and the security and integrity of our business, the Services, users, and our third-party business partners and service providers.
How we may share your information
DSLG may share your information with third-party service providers that perform services on our behalf, such as web-hosting companies, mailing vendors, analytics providers, event hosting services, and information technology providers.
DSLG may disclose aggregate, redacted information (such as information stripped of identifying properties) to third parties in connection with internal analysis or marketing.
DSLG may share, with your consent, your information with other law firms and/or other lawyers where we jointly represent a client or when we refer cases or potential cases to other counsel. Information provided pursuant to an attorney/client relationship may not be shared with third parties except as is done with such precautions to preserve the confidentiality of such information and any attorney/client privilege as may attach to such information.
DSLG may disclose your information to service providers, advisors, potential transactional partners, or other third parties in connection with the consideration, negotiation, or completion of a transaction in which DSLG is acquired by or merged with another business, or we sell, liquidate, or transfer all or a portion of our assets.
DSLG may otherwise disclose your information as per your consent.
MARKETING OPT-OUT OPTIONS
If you no longer wish to receive marketing communication from us, you can let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at the address provided in our “Contact Us” section of the Site. The electronic marketing communications we send may also contain an opt-out link. Please note that it may take up to 10 calendar days to remove your contact information from our marketing communications lists, so you may receive correspondence from us for a short time after you make your request. Please also contact us to update or correct your information if it changes or if you believe that any information that we have collected about you is inaccurate.
DSLG takes commercially reasonable measures to secure and protect the information we collect. Nevertheless, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the absolute security of your information. Moreover, we are not responsible for the security of information you transmit to us over networks that we do not control, including the Internet and wireless networks.
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We do not knowingly solicit or collect personally identifiable information online from children under the age of 13. Please contact us in the “Contact Us” section or via email at email@example.com if you believe we may have collected such information without parental or guardian consent.
Restrictions on Use
You agree not to:
- reproduce, distribute, publicly display, or otherwise transfer the Site;
- adapt, alter, modify, reverse engineer, disassemble, or decompile the Site;
- prepare derivative works based on the Site or any DSLG technology;
- remove, obscure, or modify any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notices, marks or labels contained on or within the Site;
- frame, mirror, or in-line link the Site, or incorporate into another website, application, or other service any DSLG intellectual property;
- use the Site for any unlawful, fraudulent, or malicious purposes, or to solicit any such activity;
- attempt to gain unauthorized access to any accounts, features, systems, or networks through hacking, password mining, or any other means;
- interfere with any access control measures or attempt to disable or circumvent such security features;
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- submit or post any false or misleading information; and/or
- violate, infringe, or misappropriate the intellectual property, publicity, privacy, or other proprietary rights of DSLG, its licensors, or any other person or entity.
Any unauthorized use automatically terminates the license granted to you hereunder.
No Relationship or Obligation Arises from Use of the Site
The law differs in every jurisdiction, and you should not rely on any opinion except that of an attorney you have retained, who has a professional duty to advise you after being fully informed of all the pertinent facts, and who is licensed in the applicable state, and is familiar with the applicable law. Internet subscribers, mobile application users, and online readers should seek professional counsel about their legal rights and remedies. You should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information found on the Site. Any actions or decisions about your legal rights should be based on the particular facts and circumstances of your situation, and appropriate legal advice from an attorney retained directly by you. DSLG EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO ACTIONS TAKEN OR NOT TAKEN BASED UPON ANY INFORMATION OR OTHER CONTENTS OF THIS SITE. Viewing the Site or communicating with DSLG by Internet, e-mail, or through the Site does not constitute or create an attorney-client relationship between you and any attorney. The content and features on the Site do not create, and are not intended to create, an attorney-client relationship, and shall not be construed as legal advice. The content and features of the Site, including means to submit a question or information, do not constitute an offer to represent you or otherwise give rise to an attorney/client relationship.
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Confidentiality is Not Guaranteed
Information sent to DSLG via Internet, e-mail, or through the Site is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis. DSLG may make reasonable efforts to keep communications private, but because of the nature of Internet communications and the absence of an attorney/client relationship, we cannot promise or guarantee confidentiality.
DSLG Is Not Responsible for Content; Limitation on Liability
DSLG may periodically change, remove, or add the material on the Site without notice. This material may contain technical or typographical errors. DSLG DOES NOT GUARANTEE ITS ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS OR SUITABILITY. DSLG assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the contents of the Site. Your use of the Site is at your own risk. Under no circumstances shall DSLG or any other party involved in the creation, production or delivery of the Site be liable to you or any other person for any indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any kind arising from your access to, or use of, the Site. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW IN NO EVENT SHALL DSLG BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RELATING TO THIS MATERIAL, FOR ANY USE OF THIS WEBSITE, OR FOR ANY OTHER LINKED WEBSITE.
State laws vary
DSLG attorneys are licensed to practice law only within the states of New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Pennsylvania. DSLG may refer prospective clients to other law firms located throughout the country, who form relationships with DSLG, and are experienced in handling such cases. DSGL may also undertake legal representation in certain cases and will affiliate with other legal counsel located throughout the country to provide legal representation. The laws of each State are different. The Site contains information about general or common rules that apply in some states. The Site also contains information about verdicts or settlements in past cases. You cannot assume that the same rules apply, or that the same result would occur, in your state or any particular state. For instance, The Statute of Limitations, which is the time limit you have to file a lawsuit, can vary from state to state. If your claim does not get filed in that time limit, you may have a case thrown out of court. Therefore, if you have an incident, you should consult an attorney as soon as possible to make sure you are getting the appropriate advice for your specific claim.
Only individuals who have entered into a mutually signed retainer agreement with DSLG are DSLG clients (“DSLG Clients”).
California DSLG Clients
Any cases and business handled in California are handled exclusively through Derek Smith Law Group, LLP, an entity completely distinct from Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC.
Legal and Ethical Requirements
DSLG has tried to comply with all legal and ethical requirements in compiling the Site. We welcome comments about our compliance with the applicable rules and will update the Site as warranted, upon learning of any new or different requirements. To the extent that the professional responsibility rules of any jurisdiction require us to designate a principal office or an attorney responsible for the Site, Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC. designates its office in New York, NY (USA), One Penn Plaza, Suite 4905 and attorney Derek Smith.
State advertising disclosures
Because some material on the Site constitutes lawyer advertising, and the Site may be viewed from anywhere in the United States, particular disclosures are required by the rules of some states. DSLG adopts and makes the following disclosures:
Alabama: No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
California – This testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. Rule 1-400, Standard (2)
Colorado: Colorado does not certify attorneys as specialists in any field.
Florida: The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience.
Iowa: The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of a lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. This disclosure is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa. NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: Memberships and offices in legal fraternities and legal societies, technical and professional licenses, and memberships in scientific, technical and professional associations and societies of law or field of practice do not mean that a lawyer is a specialist or expert in a field of law, nor do they mean that such a lawyer is necessarily any more expert or competent than any other lawyer. All potential clients are urged to make their own independent investigation and evaluation of any lawyer being considered. This notice is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa.
Kentucky and Oregon: THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT
Mississippi: The Mississippi Supreme Court advises that a decision on legal services is important and should not be based solely on advertisements.
Missouri: Neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor the Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or specialist designations.
Nevada: The State Bar of Nevada does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert.
New Jersey: ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT — NOT A REFERRAL SERVICE. Before making your choice of an attorney, you should give this matter careful thought. The selection of an attorney is an important decision.
New Mexico: LAWYER ADVERTISEMENT.
New York: ATTORNEY ADVERTISING. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
Pennsylvania: ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT – NOT A REFERRAL SERVICE. Before making your choice of an attorney, you should give this matter careful thought. The selection of an attorney is an important decision.
Tennessee: None of the attorneys in this firm are certified as a Civil Trial, Criminal Trial, Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy, Creditor’s Rights, Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Accounting Malpractice, Estate Planning or Elder Law specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Certification as a specialist in all other listed areas is not currently available in Tennessee.
Texas: Unless otherwise stated, our attorneys claiming certification in an area of law are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Wyoming: The Wyoming State Bar does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert. Anyone considering a lawyer should independently investigate the lawyer’s credentials and ability, and not rely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise.
Governing laws in case of dispute; jurisdiction
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