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This Privacy Policy was published on October 5, 2018, and last updated on October 5, 2018. We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time.

We Take Our Privacy Seriously.

This privacy policy contains information about Offit Kurman, P.A. and how and why we collect, store, use and share your personal data. It also explains your rights concerning your personal data and how to contact us or supervisory authorities in the event you have a complaint.

This website is not intended for children and we do not knowingly collect data relating to children.

Controller, Processor, and Data Privacy Officer

This privacy notice is issued on behalf of Offit Kurman, P.A.  The words "we", "us", "our", or “Offit Kurman” in this privacy notice refer to Offit Kurman, P.A. which is responsible for processing your data and is the controller and responsible party for this website.

Our Data Privacy Officer is Robert Skinner, who can be reached at 301-575-0300 or via email at _rskinner@offitkurman.com, or regular mail at 8171 Maple Lawn Boulevard, Suite 200, Maple Lawn, MD 20759, USA.

We hope that we can resolve any concern you may raise about this website or our use of your information.   If you live or work in the European Union or European Economic Area, the General Data Protection Regulation gives you right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority where you work, normally live, or where any alleged violation of data protection laws occurred.  We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns ourselves first, and will endeavor to address all issues to your reasonable satisfaction if you contact us in the first instance.

Please inform us of changes
to your Personal Data

To assure that any personal data we hold about you is accurate and current, please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.

Third-party links will take you to third party sites for which we are not responsible

This website may include links to third-party websites and third-party applications. We do not control these third-party sites.  If you click on a link and leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of any linked site for that site’s privacy policy.

Data We Will Collect About You?

Personal Data We Will
Collect
  • Contact data such as your name, address and telephone number, email address
  • Information to enable us to check and verify your identity, e.g. your date of birth
  • Electronic contact details, e.g. your email address and mobile phone number
  • Information relating to the matter in which you are seeking our advice or representation
  • Your financial details so far as relevant to your instructions, e.g. the source of your funds if you are instructing representation and engagement
  • Technical Data including internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website.
  • Usage Data includes information about how you use our website, products and services.
Personal Data We May Collect Depending on How You Have Instructed Us
  • Your employment status and details including salary and benefits, e.g. if you instruct us on matter related to your employment or in which your employment status or income is relevant
  • Your employment records including, where relevant, records relating to sickness and attendance, performance, disciplinary, conduct and grievances (including relevant special category personal data), e.g. if you instruct us on matter related to your employment or in which your employment records are relevant
  • Your racial or ethnic origin, gender and sexual orientation, religious or similar beliefs, e.g. if you instruct us on discrimination issues
  • Marketing and Communications Data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences.
  • Information to enable us to undertake a credit or other financial checks on you
  • Profile Data includes your username and password, your interests, preferences and feedback.

 

We also collect, use and share aggregated data such as statistical or demographic data. Aggregated Data may be derived from your personal data but does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity.

How Is Your Personal Data Collected?

We use different methods to collect data from and about you, including:

We collect most of this information directly from you.  This includes personal data you provide when you request our services, subscribe to our publications, request marketing material to be sent to you, or give us feedback.

How and Why We Use Personal Data?

We will only use your personal data when the law allows us and we have a proper reason to do so, such as:

  • to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations;
  • for the performance of our professional services for you or to take steps at your request before commencing our services;
  • for our legitimate business or commercial interests or those of a third party and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.; or
  • where you have given consent.

Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

  • Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you.
  • Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party)
  • Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.

The table below explains the purpose for which we use or process your personal data and our reasons for doing so:

Our Purpose in Using Your Personal Data Our reasons for Using or Processing the Personal Data Type of Data
To provide legal services to you.
For the performance of performing our professional services or to take steps at your request before performing the services.
(a) identity
(b) contact
(c) profile
(d) marketing and communications
Conducting checks to identify our clients and verify their identity
Other processing necessary to comply with professional, legal and regulatory obligations that apply to our business
To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations.
(a) identity
(b) contact
(c) profile
Operational reasons, such as improving efficiency
For our legitimate interests or those of a third-party, i.e. to make sure we are following our own internal procedures so we can deliver the best service to you
(a) identity
(b) contact
(c) profile
(d) usage
(e) marketing and communications
(f) technical
Ensuring the confidentiality of commercially sensitive information
For our legitimate interests or those of a third-party, i.e. to protect our intellectual property and other commercially valuable information
To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations
(a) identity
(b) contact
(c) profile
(d) usage
(e) marketing and communications
(f) technical
To deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you and measure or understand the effectiveness of the advertising we serve to you.
Necessary for our legitimate interests (to define types of clients for our products and services, to keep our website updated and relevant, to develop our business and to inform our marketing strategy)
(a) identity
(b) contact
(c) profile
(d) usage
(e) marketing and communications
(f) technical

There may be other specific types of special data which we will only process with your explicit consent.

Our Promotional Offers

We may use your personal data to send you updates (by email, text message, telephone or regular mail) about legal developments that might be of interest to you and/or information about our services, including offers, promotions or new servicesWe have a legitimate interest in processing your personal data for promotional purposes (see above “How and why we use your personal data”). This means we do not usually need your consent to send you promotional communications.

We will always treat your personal data with the utmost respect and never share it with other organizations for marketing purposes, except that we, on occasion, may share information with third party partners for the purposes of hosting events.  Outside of hosting events, we will get your express opt-in consent before we share your personal data with any company outside Offit Kurman.

Opt-Out Rights

You have the right to opt out of receiving promotional communications at any time by:

  • contacting us by email
  • using the ‘unsubscribe’ link in emails

Cookies

We use cookies to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features, and to analyze our traffic. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use this website.  You also can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when websites set or access cookies. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this website may become inaccessible or not function properly. For more information about the cookies we use, please see our policy on cookies.

Change of purpose

We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it.  If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

How long your personal data will be kept

We will keep your personal data after we have finished advising or acting for you. We will do so for one of these reasons:

  • to respond to any questions, complaints or claims made by you or on your behalf;
  • to show that we treated you fairly;
  • to keep records required by law.

 

We will not retain your data for longer than necessary for the purposes set out in this policy. When it is no longer necessary to retain your personal data, we will delete it.  In some circumstances you can ask us to delete your data: see Your Legal Rights below for further information.

We may anonymize your personal data so that it can no longer be associated with you for research or statistical purposes.  If we do that, we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.

Where your personal data is held

Information may be held at our offices and those of our third-party agencies, service providers, representatives, and sometimes agents as described above (see “Our Promotional Offers” above).

We are based in the United States or America and many of our third-party agencies, service providers, representatives, and agents are based in the United States of America.  If you are from the European Union or European Economic Area, processing of your personal data will involve a transfer of data outside the European Union or European Economic Area.  We ensure protection is afforded to your data by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is implemented:

Please contact us {NEED LINK} if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your personal data out of the EU or EEA.

Offit Kurman’s data security

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorized manner.  In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know and who are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

Where we are legally required to do so, we will notify you and any applicable regulator of a data breach, if it does occur despite our measures to prevent it.

Your legal rights

Under certain circumstances, you have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data, including the right to:

Request access to your personal data, so you can receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and check that we are lawfully processing it.

Request transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party.

Request correction of the personal data that we hold, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.

Request erasure of your personal data for any of several reasons, including where there is no valid reason for us continuing to process it or we have improperly processed it.  We will comply with your request, subject to any specific legal requirements.

Object to processing of your personal data where the processing has been used for direct marketing.  In addition, you may object if the processing impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms, subject to compelling legitimate grounds which may in some circumstances override your rights and freedoms.

Request suspension of our processing of your personal data for a reasonable period while the parties consider if other reasons for objecting may apply.

Where we are relying on your consent to process your personal data, you may withdraw your consent at any time. But if you do, we may not be able to provide certain products or services to you.

You, of course, have the right to complain to us or your supervisory authority where you work, normally live, or where any alleged violation of data protection laws occurred.

We will respond promptly to any exercise of your legal rights, but we may be delayed in certain circumstances to verify your identity.

If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us. {NEED LINK}