Privacy Policy

Effective April, 1 2020 

During your use of this WhitbeckBennett (WB) Website, you may provide information about yourself. WhitbeckBennett works hard to ensure that it has taken steps to prevent the unlawful or unauthorized use of your information, and, further, to prevent any accidental destruction of loss of such information. This is our Privacy Policy and it explains how WhitbeckBennett collects, utilizes, and protects information collected on the WhitbeckBennett Website. WhitbeckBennett reserves the right to amend this Privacy Policy at any time for any reason. Amendments to this Policy will appear on this page with a date noting the last amendment (on the bottom of the page). By using this Website, you accept the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. 

Collection of Information: WhitbeckBennett collects information about the visitors to the WhitbeckBennett Website in two main ways.  WhitbeckBennett uses technologies that automatically collect and store Non-Personal Data when you visit the Website, by sending “cookies,” “web beacons,” or other anonymous identifiers to your devices; and, you may provide information about yourself (“Personally Identifiable Information” or “PII”), by calling or e-mailing WhitbeckBennett or using contact forms on the Website. PII includes your name, address, or phone number. WhitbeckBennett may keep information collected for the amount of time permitted by law, or for an unlimited time. 

Non-Personal Data: When you visit the WhitbeckBennett Website, WhitbeckBennett may automatically collect certain Non-Personal Data such as your IP address and geographic location; the date and time you access the WhitbeckBennett Website; the URLs of websites and pages you visit, and the hardware and software information installed on your device. WhitbeckBennett may also put cookies on your computer to enhance your browsing experience, recognize you on return visits, and to collect additional information for traffic analysis. Cookies are files with code and text saved on your device. Web beacons are also files saved to your device, usually by web analytics software to track visitor information. Web beacons and cookies allow WhitbeckBennett to conduct Web traffic analysis to better understand the visitors. 

WhitbeckBennett may work with with third-party service providers that may use cookies and other identifiers to collect Non-Personal Data, such as gender, industry, age, interests, etc., but WhitbeckBennett does not control how third parties use these technologies.  Acceptance of anonymous identifiers is not required for the site to function. You can adjust your browser settings or use other means to stop cookies from being placed on your devices, but this may result in reduced functionality. 

WhitbeckBennett uses “Google Analytics” to collect information about the use of this Website. Google may use and share information collected about under the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy. WhitbeckBennett will not join PII with Non-Personal Data without your prior affirmative consent. You can opt out of Google Analytics. 

PII: We may collect information that identifies you (“PII”) when you interact and voluntarily provide such information. The types of PII collected on the Website may include: Your name; contact information (e.g., address, phone number, and e-mail address); and other information you choose to provide. If you use a credit card to pay invoices issued by WhitbeckBennett you will be directed to a third-party site that processes credit card payments and will have to provide personal financial information to the processor. The use and collection of that information is governed by the processor’s policies. WhitbeckBennett does not collect or store that information. You should review the processor’s policies and terms of use. WhitbeckBennett has no responsibility for your use of the processor. Except as described in this Privacy Policy, WhitbeckBennett does not automatically collect PII about you, and does not collect such information without your consent. 

Non-Personal Data: WhitbeckBennett uses Non-Personal Data in ways including, but not limited to improve and evaluate the content, the usability, and problems of the Website.  We may share your Non-Personal Data with third parties or permit third parties to place cookies, tags, web beacons, and other anonymous identifiers to collect additional Non-Personal Data when you browse the Website. We or third parties may use the collected Non-Personal Data to serve advertisements and targeted advertisements to you before, during, and after your visit to the Website. 

Use of Information: WhitbeckBennett will not use or disclose to any third parties the information it collects from this Website, except as provided by this Privacy Policy.  WhitbeckBennett may use your PII in a variety of ways including, but not limited to: Personalizing and improving the usability of the Website; Answering your emails or online requests; Fulfilling and/or delivering products and services requested by you; Delivering and processing surveys and newsletters and keeping you informed about events.  WhitbeckBennett will not share your PII with third parties except where you have given your express consent; or WhitbeckBennett, in good-faith judgment, determines it needs to provide your information to a third party to deliver services you requested; or the disclosure is required by law or to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of personnel of WhitbeckBennett, or members of the public. You may choose to provide personal financial information to a third-party card processor to pay WhitbeckBennett’s invoices through this Website. The use, retention and protection of that financial information is governed by the processors policies and terms of use. WhitbeckBennett is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of this Website. 

Opting Out: Visitors who wish to opt out of marketing communications may reply to any such communication with the subject line “Unsubscribe.”  Visitors may also block or disable cookies to restrict the collection of Non-Personal Data enabled using cookies. Using Google Ads Settings, visitors can opt out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads. For more information about opting out of Google Analytics tracking, visit Google Analytics’ currently available opt-outs. 

Do Not Track: Except as described herein, WhitbeckBennett does not track information about visitors to the Website or share PII about visitors with third parties. Third parties who receive Non-Personal Data from WhitbeckBennett, however, are not required to honor browser “Do Not Track” requests, and WhitbeckBennett does not control what those third parties may do with the data. 

Information Transmitted Is Not Secure: Any information sent to WhitbeckBennett by e-mail or through the Website is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only. If you choose to send information to WhitbeckBennett over the Internet, including by e-mail or contact form, you do so at your own risk. 

Transmission of Information Does Not Form an Attorney–Client Relationship: Transmission of information from this Website does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and WhitbeckBennett or any attorney therein, nor is it intended to do so. The transmission of the Website, in part or in whole, and/or any communication with WhitbeckBennett through this Website does not constitute or create an attorney–client relationship between WhitbeckBennett and any recipients. 

International Data Transfer: This Website is hosted on our web servers in the United States. If you are located in a non-US jurisdiction, your provision of Personal Information or other access to our Website constitutes your transfer of such data to the United States, a jurisdiction that may not provide a level of data protection equivalent to the laws in your home country. 

Links to Other Sites: This Website may include links to other Internet sites that are beyond the control of WB. WB is not responsible for the content of any such sites, makes no representations regarding any such sites, and does not necessarily endorse or approve of the information, material, products or services contained on or accessible through any such sites. You acknowledge and agree that your linking to other sites, your use of such sites, and your use of any information, material, products and services offered by such sites, are solely at your own risk. 

Updates: WhitbeckBennett will occasionally update this Privacy Policy. WhitbeckBennett encourages you to periodically review this Privacy Policy to be informed of how WhitbeckBennett protects your information. 

Terms Of Service: WhitbeckBennett PLLC is a law firm based in the United States. We use “WhitbeckBennett” to refer to WhitbeckBennett PLLC, a Virginia limited liability company, and affiliated entities that practice under the name WhitbeckBennett or a similar name. Reference to a “partner” means a person who is a partner, or person with the equivalent standing and qualifications thereto, in the WhitbeckBennett entities. 

The material on our Web site has been prepared and published for informational purposes only. There is no effort or intention to solicit new clients or new engagements from existing clients by way of this web site; nor should any of the information published on the web site be construed as representing any of our lawyers’ availability to practice in jurisdictions where they are not authorized to do so. 

None of these materials is offered, nor should be construed, as legal advice. Communication of information by or through this web site and your receipt or use of such information is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with WhitbeckBennett or any of the firm’s attorneys. The creation of the attorney-client relationship would require direct, personal contact between you and our firm through one or more attorneys and would also require an explicit agreement by the firm that confirms that an attorney-client relationship is established and the terms of that relationship. You should not act or rely upon information contained in these materials without specifically seeking professional legal advice. 

The description anywhere on this web site of the results of any specific case or transaction does not mean or suggest that similar results can or could be obtained in any other matter. Each legal matter should be considered to be unique and subject to varying results. 

This site offers links to other resources on the Internet merely as a convenience to our readers. We do not take any responsibility for the content, accuracy or timeliness of those other sites; nor do we endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available on those sites. 

WhitbeckBennett has endeavored to comply with all applicable legal and ethical requirements in compiling this site. Under no circumstances will WhitbeckBennett undertake any engagement that conflicts with any ethical, statutory or other requirement applicable to the performance of professional legal services. 

With respect to non-legal services affiliates of WhitbeckBennett, we can facilitate your direct communication with the professionals in those firms at your request. 

If you wish to discuss potential legal representation with us, please contact the appropriate partner listed at the end of our service overviews or the lawyer in the firm with whom you are regularly in contact. Although we are pleased to communicate with you, you should not rely upon transmission of an e-mail through this web site to create an attorney-client relationship. Without an attorney-client relationship in the particular matter, we cannot assure that your communications via the web site will be privileged or that we will treat it as privileged, unless we reach an explicit agreement otherwise. Therefore, please do not send confidential or sensitive information to us by e-mail through this web site. 

The WhitbeckBennett lawyer responsible for this Web site is John C Whitbeck Jr.