Privacy Policy

Effective Date: July 19, 2018

We understand the importance of your privacy and strive to take all reasonable efforts to be transparent about what information we collect about you and to safeguard that information against intrusion or misuse. Except as required by a court or other lawful order, we will never re-distribute or sell personal information collected on our web servers.

This privacy policy details the ways in which we collect information about you, what information we collect, and what we do with that information. You can always visit this page for the most up-to-date version of this privacy policy.

Collection and Use of Information

We collect two types of information from our visitors: anonymous information and personal information.

Anonymous Information

You do not have to provide any personal information to use many of the features of this website. However, your web browser or application may automatically provide certain information about you (“anonymous information”), such as your IP address, which may include your geographic location; details about browser software, operating system, and device; access dates and times; and referring and exiting URLs.

We use this information, both individually and in the aggregate, to help us understand how visitors use our site and to improve our content and your experience visiting our site. We may retain this type of information indefinitely, or to the extent permissible by law.

Personal Information

Our website contains certain features, such as contact forms, where you have the option to affirmatively provide information about yourself (“personal information”). You may be asked to provide personal information, including your name, address, email address, and telephone number(s). You have no obligation to use these features of our website. If you choose to provide us with personal information by submitting a contact form on this website, we may use that information to contact you back and to improve subsequent communications with you, if any. We may also use your voluntarily submitted personal information to keep you informed of law firm news and events, but only if you are provided the opportunity to opt out of that type of use (see Removal of Information and Opting Out section, below). We will seek your affirmative consent before using your personal information for any purpose other than those described in this policy.

Information transmitted on the internet, including via the contact forms on our website, is not secure and should not be considered confidential. The submission of a form on our website does not constitute attorney–client communication and does not create an attorney–client relationship.

Our website also may provide a third-party “Live Chat” feature, with which you can choose to provide personal information to the firm. Information provided on the Live Chat feature is not confidential, and your use of Live Chat does not constitute attorney–client communications and does not create an attorney–client relationship. If you choose to provide us with personal information by using the Live Chat feature, we may use that information to contact you back and to improve subsequent communications with you, if any.

The third-party Live Chat provider has its own privacy policy, which we encourage you to review. We are not responsible for the privacy policies of any third parties, including the Live Chat provider.

Do not disclose confidential information, including any information that may expose you to civil or criminal liability, via contact forms or Live Chat on this website.

We may retain information collected from contact forms and Live Chat indefinitely, or to the extent permissible by law.

Use of Cookies

We use “cookies” (small data files) to improve our website’s functionality and our visitors’ experience. These cookies do not identify you personally or give us access to your computer. You can disable cookies in your browser or application settings, but doing so may result in reduced website functionality. By visiting our website and not disabling cookies, you consent to our use of cookies for the purposes described in this policy.

We use a third-party analytics provider (Google Analytics) to help us understand how visitors use our site. Google Analytics uses cookies to collect information about our visitors, but it does not receive personally identifiable information through these cookies and is prohibited from combining, matching, or cross-referencing information from our site with any other information. You can review the Google Analytics privacy policy for additional information.

Our website may also use the Google AdWords “remarketing” service to serve advertising on third-party websites (including Google) to previous visitors of our site. This service also uses cookies, and any information collected will be in accordance with this privacy policy and Google’s privacy policy.

Distribution of Collected Information

We will not disclose, without your consent, personal information collected about you, unless we are required to do so by law. In certain limited circumstances, and in compliance with applicable laws, we may share personal information with government authorities or others as required to protect the firm or certain third parties; or as otherwise required for compliance with applicable law or legal process. We will not distribute or sell personal information to third-party organizations.

Do Not Track Requests

We do not respond or otherwise take any action with regard to “Do Not Track” requests.

Third Parties and External Links

Some pages on our website may contain hyperlinks to websites of third parties. We take no responsibility for third-party content or websites, nor for any information you disclose to third parties by visiting their websites.

Removal of Information and Opting Out

Users seeking to opt out of receiving communications from the firm may reply to any marketing communication with the subject line “unsubscribe.”

What About Children's Privacy?

We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from any children under age 16. No parts of the website are directed to or designed to attract anyone under the age of 16.

Is Data Storage and Processing Conducted in the United States?

Regardless of where you are located, our website collects information and processes and stores that information in databases located in the United States. If you are visiting the website from a country outside the United States, you should be aware that you may transfer personally identifiable information about yourself to the United States, and that the data protection laws of the United States may not be as comprehensive as those in your own country. By visiting the website and submitting any personally identifiable information you consent to the transfer of such personally identifiable information to the United States.

Additional Terms for EU Visitors

We process personally identifiable information we collects through the website for the firm's legitimate business purposes, for example to fulfill any requests you may make in connection with your submission of personally identifiable information, to monitor and improve the quality of the website, and to protect and defend our rights, property or safety or that of our clients and other users of the website. You may have the right to access and/or obtain a copy of your personally identifiable information, correct inaccuracies in your personally identifiable information, request the erasure of your personally identifiable information and restrict the processing of your personally identifiable information. For more information about how you can access, rectify and erase your personally identifiable information or make any other requests relating to your personally identifiable information or to contact the firm, please contact us at Shapiro@DS-L.com. In addition, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory data protection authority.

Does the Website Honor Do Not Track Requests?

The website does not support Do Not Track at this time. Do Not Track (DNT) is a privacy preference you can set in your web browser to indicate that you do not want certain information about your webpage visits collected across websites when you have not interacted with that service on the page. For all the details, including how to turn on Do Not Track, visit donottrack.us.

Can the Firm Revise this Privacy Policy?

Due to the rapidly evolving technologies on the Internet and changes in its business requirements, the firm occasionally may update this Privacy Policy. All revisions will be posted to the firm's website. We urges you to review this Privacy Policy frequently.

What If I Have Questions or Comments About this Privacy Policy?

The firm welcomes questions and comments about this policy. Questions or comments about this Privacy Policy should be directed to H Adam Shapiro at Shapiro@DS-L.com. In addition, if you no longer wish us to maintain data about you, or wish to change the type of information we send you, please let us know by e-mailing Shapiro@DS-L.com. Similarly, if you do not receive acknowledgement of your inquiry or your inquiry has not been satisfactorily addressed, you should telephone our Website manager at (215) 545-4830.