As professionals engaged in the provision of legal services to clients nationwide, Hopping Green & Sams, P.A. (the “Firm”) is committed to protecting the privacy of confidential and personal information, including personal data relating to individuals who may be clients, staff, agents, lawyers, law students, job applicants or others inside or outside the Firm. It has always been and remains the policy of the Firm to comply with the rules of professional conduct which impose a duty to preserve and protect confidential client information.
This Privacy Statement is based on the privacy and data protection principles common to the countries in which we operate. We apply it in light of our overarching obligations to comply with the law, to preserve client confidentiality and to represent our clients as effectively as possible within the bounds of the law. This Statement is intended to summarize the Firm’s data protection practices generally, and to advise our clients, interested law students, job applicants, website visitors, and other third parties about the Firm’s privacy policies that may be applicable to them.
This Privacy Statement is specifically addressed to parties outside the Firm who provide personal information to the Firm or who visit or use the Firm’s websites.
No Legal Services Or Attorney-Client Relationship
Although hgslaw.com may provide information concerning potential legal issues, it is not a substitute for legal advice from qualified counsel. You should not and are not authorized to rely on this Web Site as a source of legal advice. Your viewing of, access to or use of this Site does not create any attorney-client relationship between you and Hopping Green & Sams.
Please be further advised that making an inquiry through this Site, registering for a seminar, requesting email alerts or sending email or other correspondence to Hopping Green & Sams or any of its attorneys will not create an attorney-client relationship. If you are not currently a client of Hopping Green & Sams, your email or other correspondence will not be privileged and may be disclosed to other persons. Unless and until Hopping Green & Sams has formally established an attorney-client relationship, as evidenced by a signed engagement agreement, please do not send any confidential information or any information that you would expect to be maintained in confidence.
If you communicate with us by email in connection with a matter for which we already represent you, you should note that the security of Internet email is uncertain. By sending sensitive or confidential email messages that are not encrypted, you accept the risks of such uncertainty and possible lack of confidentiality.
Materials on this Site have been prepared by Hopping Green & Sams for informational purposes only and do not constitute advertising, a solicitation, or legal advice. The information contained in this Site is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments; accordingly, information on this Site is not promised or guaranteed to be correct or complete. Further, prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Hopping Green & Sams expressly disclaims all liability in respect to actions taken based on any or all of the content of this Site.
Hopping Green & Sams does not wish to represent anyone desiring representation based upon viewing this Site in a state or other jurisdiction where this Site does not comply with all laws and ethical rules of that state or jurisdiction.
Information We May Collect
“Personal Information” means any information that may be used to identify an individual, including, but not limited to, a first and last name, a physical address, a phone number, or an email address. In general, you can visit the Site without telling us who you are or revealing any Personal Information about yourself. However, in order to access certain information, services, or features on the Site, we may ask you to provide Personal Information. For example, we will collect certain Personal Information if you sign up for our email alerts or send questions, requests, or comments to us via email.
How We May Use Your Information
If you provide us with Personal Information, we will retain and use that information for certain limited purposes. For example, we will use your Personal Information to fulfill or respond to any services or information that you request, such as contacting you to answer your questions, sending you related materials, sending any postal mail that you may request or sending email alerts to you if you sign up to receive them. We may also use Personal Information to ensure compliance with our policies and applicable law.
In addition, we may send you periodic communications by email or regular mail that we believe will be of interest to you, such as our email alerts or news or other information related to the Site or to Hopping Green & Sams. If you wish to opt out of receiving our email alerts or other emails from us at any time, simply follow the instructions for doing so included in the emails. We reserve the right to send you certain communications relating to the Site, such as service announcements or similar administrative or transactional messages, without offering you the opportunity to opt out of receiving them.
With Whom We May Share Your Information
We may sometimes use other businesses to perform certain services for us, such as maintaining the Site and our mailing lists, sending postal mail (if necessary) and providing marketing assistance and data analysis. We may provide Personal Information to those businesses when that information is necessary for them to complete a requested transaction or otherwise perform their duties. Hopping Green & Sams will take reasonable steps to help ensure that these third-party service providers are obligated to protect Personal Information on Hopping Green & Sams’s behalf.
We reserve the right to disclose visitor information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) our rights or property, other visitors, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. We also reserve the right to disclose visitor information when we believe that the law requires it.
From time to time, we may collect general, non-personal, statistical information about the use of the Site, such as how many visitors visit a specific page on the Site, how long they stay on that page, and which hyperlinks, if any, they “click” on. We collect this information through the use of “cookies” and other tracking technologies, which are discussed in greater detail below. We collect this information in order to determine which areas of the Site are most popular and to enhance the Site for visitors. We may group this information into aggregate visitor data in order to describe the use of the Site to our existing or potential business partners or other third parties, or in response to a government request. We may also group preferences information that we collect from visitors into aggregate data for the same purposes. However, please be assured that this aggregate data will in no way personally identify you or any other visitors to the Site.
Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies
Tracking technologies may record information such as Internet domain and host names; Internet protocol (IP) addresses; browser software and operating system types; clickstream patterns; and dates and times that our Site is accessed. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web. Web servers, the big computers that “serve up” Web pages, automatically identify your computer by its IP address.
Links to Other Sites
Our computer systems are currently based in the United States and the content of our Website is directed to United States residents. Your personal data will be processed by us in the United States, where data protection and privacy regulations may or may not be equal to the level of protection as in other parts of the world, such as in Canada and the European Union. BY VISITING THE WEBSITE, YOU UNEQUIVOCALLY AND UNAMBIGUOUSLY CONSENT TO THE COLLECTION AND PROCESSING IN THE UNITED STATES OF ANY PERSONAL AND NON-PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED OR OBTAINED BY THE FIRM THROUGH VOLUNTARY SUBMISSIONS, AND THAT UNITED STATES LAW GOVERNS ANY SUCH COLLECTION AND PROCESSING. The Firm adheres to the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) for its clients and in its practice. The GDPR is not applicable to this informational website targeted to United States clients.
We intend to take reasonable and appropriate steps to protect the Personal Information that you share with us from unauthorized access or disclosure. When you transmit Personal Information from your PC to our servers, your information is protected by both a “firewall” (a combination of computer hardware and software that helps keep unauthorized visitors from accessing information within our computer network) and industry standard SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your Personal Information and privacy, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you disclose or transmit to us online and cannot be responsible for the theft, destruction, or inadvertent disclosure of your Personal Information.
hgslaw.com is not intended for use by children under 13. We do not knowingly collect Personal Information from anyone under 13 years of age. If you are under 13, please do not submit any Personal Information on the Site.
Update and Opt-Out
If you would like to update any information you have sent to the Firm, or if you do not want to receive information from the Firm, please contact us at 850-222-7500.
The Firm will make reasonable efforts to honor any request you make to forgo contact with you in the future or delete your information. Please note that if you make an opt-out request, the Firm will retain your contact information to make efforts to ensure that you are not contacted in the future.
To the extent required by the CAN-SPAM Act, or other similar domestic and international regulation, commercial email messages will also provide you with an opportunity to opt-out of receiving this information. Please note that changes to your preferences may not be effective immediately.
Hopping Green & Sams
119 S. Monroe Street, Suite 300
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 222-7500
Fax: (850) 224-8551
Last Modified May 4, 2020