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Privacy Policy

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP (hereinafter, “Parker Poe,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) operates (the “Website”). Please carefully read this Privacy Policy before using the Website or submitting any Personal Information as it details how we collect, use, and share information about you when you visit the Website or other linked online services and when you visit our offices, events, or otherwise interact with us. This Website provides information about Parker Poe and the legal services we offer. It is intended for informational purposes only, but we do not guarantee that any of the information contained here is correct, complete, or up-to-date. None of the information contained in this Website constitutes either legal advice or a solicitation of any particular prospective client. You should not act or rely on any information contained on the Website without seeking the advice of an attorney.

By using the Website, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy may change from time to time, and we encourage you to check for updates of the Privacy Policy whenever you visit the Website to make sure that you understand how the Personal Information (defined below) you provide will be used.  Changes will apply only to activities and information on a going forward, not a retroactive, basis.

Parker Poe, as the Website’s operator, is the data controller under applicable data protection laws and is responsible for your Personal Information processed according to this Privacy Policy. As such, we ensure compliance with all applicable data protection laws.

Any information you send us in an email message may not be confidential or privileged. Sending us an email will not make you a client of Parker Poe. If you are interested in having us represent you, you should call us so we can determine whether your matter is one for which we are willing or able to accept professional responsibility. We will not make this determination by email communication. The telephone numbers for each of our offices are listed on the Website. We reserve the right to decline any representation, and may have to decline representation if it would create a conflict of interest with an existing client. Do not, therefore, provide us with any confidential information, whether by the Website, letter, email, or telephone, until after we have had an opportunity to determine whether representing you would create a conflict of interest with an existing client. Any unsolicited information we receive from you will not be treated as an attorney-client confidence.

Note: The privacy practices set forth in this Privacy Policy are for this Website only. If you click on a link to any other websites, please review the privacy policies posted on those sites.

Collection of Information

“Personal Information” is information that may directly or indirectly identify you. We may collect Personal Information when you submit information to the Website. Some of this Personal Information is necessary for us to be able to respond to your inquiry; other information is provided optionally. We have never and will never sell your information to any other company, agency, or other third party. Below, we describe more specifically how we collect your Personal Information and what we do with it.

1. Personal Information You Provide to Us.

We collect Personal Information you provide directly to us when using the Website, including engaging our legal services or seeking legal advice, filling out a form, sending us an email, applying for a job, engaging with our social media, or registering or participating in an event. This information is necessary for the adequate performance of any contract between you and us, for our legitimate business purposes, and to allow us to comply with our legal obligations. Without this information, we may be unable to provide you with the services you request. The types of Personal Information you may provide us include:

  • Contact information, including name, email address, postal address, and telephone number.
  • Employment information, including employer name, job title, office location, and other information publicly available on your social media, such as your LinkedIn profile. 
  • Education information, including educational degrees or certificates, qualifications, industry-related or other professional memberships, and languages.
  • Demographic information, which may include certain protected categories of information, including age, race/ethnicity, and gender.
  • Financial information, only if you are directing us to conduct certain transactions on your behalf. 
  • Any other information you choose to give us, including information relating to any matter in which you are seeking representation or legal advice. 

2. Information We Automatically Collect from Your Use of the Website.

We automatically collect information, including Personal Information, about your visit to our Website and the services you use. This information is necessary to enable us to comply with legal obligations and be able to provide and improve the functionalities of the Website. We collect:

  • Technical information, including internet protocol (IP) address, browser type, operating system, pages viewed, and approximate geo-location.
  • Device information, including mobile device hardware model and operating system, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information.
  • Information collected by cookies/tracking technologies. Cookie and tracking technology are useful for gathering information such as browser type and operating system, tracking the number of visitors to the Website, and understanding how visitors use the Website. Cookies can also help customize the Website for visitors. Personal Information cannot be collected via cookies and other tracking technology, but if you provided personally identifiable information in the past, cookies may be tied to such information. Some of this information is anonymous. Aggregate cookie and tracking information may be shared with third parties. Parker Poe uses the following types of cookies:

Analytical/performance cookies
These cookies allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our Website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our Website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

Targeting cookies
These cookies record your visit to our Website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our Website more relevant to your interests. We do not share this information with any other organizations.

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies. You may be able to block these cookies through your browser settings as described below.

You may block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. These settings are typically found in the options or preferences menu in your browser, further details of which can be found on the Federal Trade Commission’s guide for online tracking. At this time, our Website does not respond to web browser “do not track” signals. We may add this functionality in the future, and if we do, we will update this Privacy Policy to let you know. For now, third parties may collect personally identifiable information about your online activities over time and across different websites when you use our Website.

If you have any questions about the use of cookies on the Website, or wish to change or revoke your consent to the use of cookies, please contact us using the contact information provided in the How to Contact Us section below. If your browser is set to refuse cookies, you may not have access to all areas or features of the Website.

3. Information We Collect from Third Parties.

We may collect information, including Personal Information, that others provide about you or obtain information from other sources and combine that with information we collect. We do not control, supervise, or take responsibility for how the third parties providing your information process your personal data. Any request for information about the disclosure of your Personal Information to us should be directed to such third parties.

If you link, connect, or login with a third-party service (e.g., Google), the third-party service may send us informationsuch as your registration and profile information, from that service. This information varies and is controlled by that service or as authorized by you via your privacy settings at that service.

To the extent permitted by applicable law, we may receive additional information about you, such as demographic data or fraud detection information, from third-party service providers and/or partners, and combine it with information we have about you. For example, we may receive background check results (with your consent where required) or fraud warnings from service providers for fraud prevention and risk assessment purposes.

4. Use of Your Information.

We use Personal Information to:

  • Provide, operate, maintain, and improve the Website;
  • Provide legal services;
  • Respond to questions and requests;
  • Assess job applicants and make hiring decisions;
  • Communicate content, such as alerts or articles, we believe would interest you;
  • Ensure compliance with our internal policies and requirements;
  • Maintain the security of the Website and systems and prevent unauthorized access;
  • Comply with our legal, regulatory, and financial obligations;
  • Respond to claims or allegations made against us; and
  • Enforce our Terms of Use and other policies.

5. Disclosure of Your Information.

We may also disclose or share your Personal Information with the following:

  • Affiliates related to us by common ownership or control, and they may use your Personal Information for their everyday business purposes.
  • Service providers to perform legal work for you or on your behalf (such as conducting audits, processing credit card payments, or providing customer service). These service providers may have access to your Personal Information, but only as needed to perform their assigned roles, and they may not use your Personal Information for any other reason.
  • Professional service advisers we instruct on your behalf or refer you to for professional services, such as medical professionals, accountants, tax advisors, or other experts.
  • Governmental or regulatory agencies if we believe such a release is necessary to comply with the law or in response to a subpoena or other legal process. We may release Personal Information about you to protect against or prevent actual or potential fraud or unauthorized transactions, or through investigating fraud which has already taken place.
  • An acquiring or partnering entity in the event of a transfer of ownership, assets, securities, or bankruptcy involving us and in connection with business transactions such as buying or selling subsidiaries or engaging in joint ventures with third parties. In this event, we will notify you before your Personal Information is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.
  • Other third parties only with your consent or at your direction.

We may also share aggregated or de-identified information, which cannot reasonably be used to identify you. We will never use your Personal Information in a way that is prohibited by applicable law or contrary to our ethical obligations.

6. Your Rights.

Protection of Your Information

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the proper use of your Personal Information, we use commercially reasonable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure your Personal Information in our possession. However, no security system is perfect, and we cannot guarantee that information you provide to us over the internet will remain private. We also cannot guarantee that information you transmit to us over the internet will not be intercepted.

Depending on your jurisdiction, you may exercise any of the rights described below by contacting Parker Poe through the contact methods provided in the How to Contact Us section at the end of this Privacy Policy. Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before taking further action on your request.

  • Right to Correct. You have the right to ask us to correct inaccurate or incomplete Personal Information concerning you.
  • Right to Access and Portability. You have the right to request copies of your Personal Information held by us. You may also be entitled to request copies of Personal Information that you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format and/or request us to transmit this information to another service provider (where technically feasible).
  • Right to Deletion. We generally retain your Personal Information for as long as is necessary for the performance of a contract between you and us, for our legitimate business interests, or to comply with our legal obligations. If you no longer want us to use your Personal Information, you can ask us to erase it in certain circumstances. Please note the following if you ask us to erase your Personal Information:
    • We may retain some of your Personal Information as necessary for our legitimate business interests, such as fraud detection and prevention and enhancing safety.
    • We may retain and use your Personal Information to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations.
    • Some copies of your information (e.g., log records) may remain in our database, but are disassociated from personal identifiers.
    • Residual copies of your Personal Information may not be removed from our backup systems for a limited period of time.
  • Withdrawing Consent and Restriction of Processing. Where you have provided your consent to the processing of your Personal Information by Parker Poe, you may withdraw your consent at any time by changing your account settings or by sending a communication to Parker Poe specifying which consent you are withdrawing. Please note that the withdrawal of your consent does not affect the lawfulness of any processing activities based on such consent before its withdrawal. Additionally, in some jurisdictions, applicable law may give you the right to limit the way we use your Personal Information, in particular where (i) you contest the accuracy of your Personal Information; (ii) the processing is unlawful and you oppose the erasure of your Personal Information; (iii) we no longer need your Personal Information for the purposes of the processing, but you require the information for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims; or (iv) you have objected to the processing and, pending the verification, whether the legitimate grounds of Parker Poe override your own.
  • Objection to Processing. In some jurisdictions, applicable law may entitle you to require Parker Poe not to process your Personal Information for certain specific purposes (including profiling) where such processing is based on legitimate interest. If you object to such processing, Parker Poe will no longer process your Personal Information for these purposes unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for such processing or such processing is required for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims.
  • Lodging Complaints. You have the right to lodge complaints about the data processing activities carried out by Parker Poe before competent data protection authorities.

Data Transfers

Parker Poe serves clients across the globe. Parker Poe may access, transfer, and/or store your information from outside of your jurisdiction if you are located outside the United States. Specifically, Personal Information collected within the European Economic Area (“EEA”) may be transferred, stored, and processed outside the EEA for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy. Where we transfer, store, and process your Personal Information outside the EEA, we have appropriate safeguards in place to provide an adequate level of data protection.

In some jurisdictions, you may contact your European Data Protection Authority or Commission about your Personal Information.

California Residents. Parker Poe will not share information it collects about you with its affiliates or third parties (both financial and non-financial), unless required or permitted by your state’s law.

California Privacy Rights. California law permits those who are California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, a list of the third parties to whom we have disclosed their Personal Information (if any) for their direct marketing purposes in the prior calendar year, as well as the type of Personal Information disclosed to those third parties. See the How to Contact Us section below for where to send such requests. Parker Poe does not share Personal Information with third parties for their own direct marketing purposes without your prior consent. Accordingly, you can prevent disclosure of your Personal Information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes by withholding consent.

Use of Website by Children

Our Website is not intended for children under the age of 13. We will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information via the Website from visitors in this age group and will take prompt steps to delete any such personally identifiable information.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

Due to the rapidly changing legal environment and technological developments, we will likely need to update this Privacy Policy from time to time. You should review this Privacy Policy periodically to ensure you are familiar with the latest version. Our posting of an amended version of the Privacy Policy on the Website will serve as notice to you of that amendment and your continued use will be considered your acceptance of such amendment.

How to Contact Us

Questions, requests, or concerns related to this Privacy Policy should be directed to:

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
Attn: General Counsel
620 South Tryon Street, Suite 800
Charlotte, NC 28202

By email using this link.

By phone: 704.372.9000.

More information about the terms and conditions for using our Website can be found in our Terms of Use.

Updated July 27, 2022