The Law Office of David J. Brown, LC, collects non-public personal information about clients in order to represent those clients. After consultation and agreement of the client, the firm will release any information the Firm determines is necessary carry out the representation requested by each client. Information is gathered from various sources including but not limited to:
- Information received from clients on applications or other forms
- Information clients provide to use in connection with the Firm’s provision of financial or legal services to the client
- Information the Firm receives from other parties as a result of litigation or other efforts in a client’s case
- Information about client’s transactions with the Firm, its associates, or others
- Information obtained during the discovery process
- Information the Firm might receive from a consumer reporting agency
Disclosure of Information
The Law Office of David J. Brown, LC, does not disclose any nonpublic personal information about its clients or former clients to anyone, except as is necessary to carry out the representation or as required by law. All attorneys are required to report confidential information about clients under the following circumstances:
- To prevent a client from committing a crime; or
- To comply with the requirement of law or orders of any tribunal; or
- To establish a claim or defense on behalf of one of our lawyers in a controversy between the lawyer and the client, to establish a defense to a criminal charge or civil claims against the lawyer based on conduct in which the client was involved, or to respond to allegations in any proceeding concerning the lawyer’s representation of the client.
The Firm often hires professionals who are mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. Thus, when in the course of his or her employment by the Firm or otherwise, any mandated reporter of child abuse has reason to believe a child has been injured as a result of physical, mental, or emotional abuse, neglect, or sexual abuse, that person is required by law to report the matter promptly as required by statute, and will do so. The Client would not have the protections normally associated with the Attorney-Client privilege in such circumstances in regard to conversations between the Client and any mandated reporter of child abuse. Attorneys are not mandated reporters of child abuse.
The Firm restricts access to nonpublic personal information about clients to those employees who need to know that information for record keeping or billing purposes, or to provide services to those clients. The offices maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations to guard clients’ nonpublic personal information.