Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy (the “Policy”) describes the information that Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and our affiliates (“Nelson Mullins,” “we,” “us”) collect through our website located at www.nelsonmullins.com and the websites of our affiliates (collectively, the “Sites”). We want you to understand how and why we collect, use and disclose the personal information about you on our Sites. This Policy applies only to our online information-gathering and dissemination practices in connection with the Sites, and does not apply to any of our practices conducted offline.   If you have additional questions or would like further information on this topic, please feel free to write to us, please write to us at info@nelsonmullins.com. We may update this Policy from time to time, so please check this Policy periodically for changes.

SUMMARY

This Policy notifies you of:

  • what personally identifiable information of yours is collected from you through our Sites,
  • the organization(s) collecting the information,
  • how the information is used,
  • with whom the information may be shared,
  • what choices are available to you regarding collection, use and distribution of the information,
  • the kind of procedures we employ in an effort to hinder the unauthorized access, deletion, alteration, use or disclosure of information you provide to us or on any Site, and
  • how you can correct any inaccuracies in the information you provide to us.

By using any of the Sites, you agree to be bound by all terms in this Policy, so please review it carefully in advance of using it or disclosing any information on any Site. If you disagree with this Policy in any way, please do not use any of the Sites and please contact us to tell us why.  When you provide information about other individuals (e.g., for colleagues, co-workers, friends, etc.) on any of our Sites, you must ensure that you are entitled to provide this information to us. 

INFORMATION WE COLLECT AND USE AT THIS WEBSITE

Nelson Mullins collects the following types of information when you use our Sites:

  1. "Personally Identifiable Information" (or "PII"). Nelson Mullins collects certain PII such as name, email address, postal address and telephone number. We do not knowingly collect sensitive PII, such as information about medical or health conditions. We do not collect any PII about you our Sites unless you choose to provide it to us voluntarily.
  1. "Site Usage Data" and Use of "Cookies". When you visit our Sites, we and third parties with whom we have contracted to provide services to Nelson Mullins may collect "Site Usage Data", which is non-PII relating to your use of our Sites such as what Site pages you visit. The Site Usage Data could include your MAC address, operating system version, type of computer and browser type. Such data could also include demographic data, such as a Site visitor's geographic location. To enhance your experience on our Sites, we and our service providers may use "cookies" on our Sites.

A "cookie" is a piece of information which a web server may place on your computer when you visit a website. Cookies are commonly used by websites to improve the user experience and have not been known to transmit computer viruses or otherwise harm your computer. Many cookies last only through a single website session, or visit. Others may have an expiration date, or may remain on your computer until you delete them.

We may use cookies for a number of purposes - for example, to maintain continuity during a user session, to gather Site Usage Data for research and other purposes, to store your preferences for certain kinds of information and marketing offers, or to store certain information so that you do not have to provide this information every time you return to one of our Sites. Our cookies will track only your activity relating to your online activity on our Sites, and will not track your other Internet activity. Our cookies do not gather PII.

You can decide if and how your computer will accept a cookie by configuring your preferences or options in your browser. However, if you choose to reject cookies, you may not be able to use certain online products and services offered on the Sites or certain features of our Sites.

Nelson Mullins may occasionally use other companies to set cookies on our Sites and gather Site Usage Data for Nelson Mullins. In some cases, Nelson Mullins may also use another company to operate web servers for our Sites. Nelson Mullins uses the cookie information gathered by these companies in the same manner as stated in this Policy.

  1. "IP Addresses". When you visit and interact with any of the Sites, Nelson Mullins and third parties with whom we have contracted to provide services for us may collect Internet Protocol ("IP") addresses (each an "IP Address"). An IP Address is a number that is automatically assigned to the computer that you are using by your Internet Service Provider ("ISP"). Your IP Address is identified and logged automatically whenever you visit the Sites, along with the time(s) of your visit(s), your geographic location and the page(s) that you visited. Nelson Mullins uses this information to determine the locations of our Site visitors to better understand from where our visitors come. Nelson Mullins also may use this information to enhance our Sites or for other lawful purposes.

Certain pages on our Sites contain "web beacons" (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs). These web beacons allow third parties to obtain information such as the IP Address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the beacon appears, the URL of the page on which the beacon appears, the time the page containing the beacon was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies set by the third party.

How We Use AND DISCLOSE YOUR Information

  1. Personally Identifiable Information or PII. If you do provide Nelson Mullins with PII, Nelson Mullins will only use it for the purposes described where it is collected or to aggregate data in a manner that does not identify you or your company, and Nelson Mullins will not sell, license, transmit or disclose this information outside of Nelson Mullins or its affiliates unless (1) you expressly authorize Nelson Mullins or an affiliate to do so, (2) it is necessary to allow Nelson Mullins's and its affiliates' trusted service providers or agents to provide services for Nelson Mullins and its affiliates, (3) in order to provide Nelson Mullins or an affiliate's products or Services to you, (4) it is disclosed to entities that perform marketing or data aggregation services on Nelson Mullins's or its affiliates' behalf, or with which Nelson Mullins or an affiliate has joint marketing arrangements, (5) it is necessary in connection with a sale of all or substantially all of the assets of Nelson Mullins or an affiliate or the merger of Nelson Mullins or an affiliate into another entity or any consolidation, share exchange, combination, reorganization, or like transaction in which Nelson Mullins or such affiliate is not the survivor, or (6) otherwise as Nelson Mullins or an affiliate is required or permitted to do so for any or all of the following reasons: (i) by law; (ii)  to comply with legal process or respond to requests from governmental or public authorities; (iii) to prevent, investigate, detect, or prosecute criminal offenses or attacks on the technical integrity of the Sites or our network; and/or (iv) to protect the rights, privacy, property, business, or safety of Nelson Mullins and its affiliates, their partners and employees, the users of the Sites, or the public.

Nelson Mullins may also use PII in the following ways: 

    1. Administrative Communications.  We may send you important administrative or transactional information regarding the Sites.  Because this information may be important to you, you may not “opt out” of receiving these communications.
    1. Responding to Your Requests. We process PII to comply with your requests, respond to your inquiries, and send you newsletters or publications that you request.  If you contact us by email through the Sites, we may keep a record of your contact information and correspondence, and use it to respond to you. 
    1. Other Communications.  We may use PII about you to send you our legal updates and mailings relating to Nelson Mullins or affiliate seminars or events that we think may be of interest to you, in accordance with applicable law. If you no longer wish to receive such mailings from us, please refer to the paragraph below, headed “Opting Out.” Please note that some of these mailings may be provided by our affiliates.
    1. Internal Business Purposes.  We may also use PII about you for our internal business purposes, such as data analysis, audits, and other similar purposes.
    1. Services.  In addition to the purposes mentioned above, we may use PII for the purposes of providing legal and related services, including the provision of seminars and other events (“Services”).
  1. Site Usage Data. Because Site Usage Data does not personally identify a Site visitor, we may use such information for any lawful purpose. In addition, we reserve the right to share such Site Usage Data, which does not constitute PII, with third parties, for any purpose.  As an example, we may use aggregated Site Usage Data to help us improve our Sites and the Services that we provide through our Sites.  Please note that to the extent any Site Usage Data is linked with PII, such linked information will be treated as PII as long as it is linked. 

Third PartY WEBSITES AND WEBINAR NOTICE

  1. Third Party Websites. For your convenience, we may provide links to other websites and web pages that we do not control. We cannot be responsible for the privacy practices of any websites or pages not under our control and we do not endorse any of these websites or pages, the services or products described or offered on such sites or pages, or any of the content contained on those sites or pages. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS POLICY DOES NOT ADDRESS THE PRIVACY OR INFORMATION PRACTICES OF ANY THIRD PARTY WEBSITES OR THIRD PARTIES.
  2. Special Notification About Webinars.  Webinars offered as a service to users of our Sites are hosted by unaffiliated third party vendors, and not by Nelson Mullins.  Our third party vendors require users to provide PII, such as name, company, and email address.  Users seeking continuing legal education credit also may be asked to provide their State Bar number(s).  Please note that this PII is collected by our vendors, and not by Nelson Mullins.  We encourage you to read the privacy statements of our vendors, which control how such vendors handle PII provided by you to register for the Webinars.  Additionally, our third party vendors provide us with PII about users of our Webinars.  We use this information to track attendance, facilitate future communication with such users, and for other purposes set forth in this Policy. 

Your Choices ABOUT YOUR INFORMATION

  1. Opting Out.  We may from time to time send you legal updates and mailings relating to Nelson Mullins seminars or events that we think may be of interest to you.  If you would prefer not to receive marketing mailings from us, you may unsubscribe from these marketing mailings by following the unsubscribe instructions in any such message or by contacting us by email at info@nelsonmullins.com. Your email address will be removed from our marketing list. Please allow us a reasonable period of time in order to satisfy your request, as some promotions may already be in process.
  2. Access. If PII you have submitted through any of the Sites is no longer accurate, current, or complete, and you wish to update it, please send an e-mail info@nelsonmullins.com. Upon appropriate request we will usually be glad to update or amend your information, but we reserve the right to use information obtained previously to verify your identity or take other actions that we believe are appropriate and lawful. Furthermore, you may also oppose the processing or transferring of your PII to the extent the laws of your country of residence require you to have a legitimate reason to do so. We will endeavor to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable.

Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes, and there may also be residual information that will remain within our databases and other records, which will not be removed from such locations.  We may, from time to time, reach out to former users of the Sites. Lastly, we are not responsible for removing or deleting information from the databases of third parties (such as service providers) with whom we have shared PII about you.

GENERAL NOTICES ABOUT OUR SITES

  1. Special Notification for Individual California Users.  As noted above, we may disclose PII to affiliates of Nelson Mullins, which may use this information for all purposes outlined in this policy.  Because separate legal entities are considered “third parties” for purposes of California Civil Code Section 1798.83, and certain communications from our affiliates might be viewed as promoting their legal services, we are providing the following information for California residents who have provided us with PII about themselves during the creation of or during the course of an established legal services relationship that is primarily for personal, family, or household purposes (“Individual California Users”).  Individual California Users may request information about our disclosures of certain categories of PII to third parties (i.e., other legal entities of Nelson Mullins) for such third parties’ direct marketing purposes.  Such requests must be submitted to us either by email at info@nelsonmullins.com or by mail at the following address:

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Marketing Department
Meridian, 17th Floor 
1320 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Within thirty (30) days of receiving such a request, we will provide a list of the categories of PII disclosed to third parties (i.e., other legal entities of Nelson Mullins) for their direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year, along with the names and addresses of these third parties.  This request may be made no more than once per calendar year.  We reserve our right not to respond to requests submitted other than to the email or mailing addresses specified in this section.

  1. Connecticut Privacy Protection Notice. If collected, we will take reasonable measures to protect the confidentiality of Social Security numbers and limit access to those with a need for such information. We prohibit the unlawful disclosure of Social Security numbers.
  1. Security and Confidentiality. Nelson Mullins restricts access to PII collected about you and information collected about your company, if applicable, at our Sites to Nelson Mullins' employees, its affiliates' employees, or others who need to know that information to provide services to you or in the course of conducting Nelson Mullins' normal business operations. While no website can guarantee security, Nelson Mullins maintains appropriate physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect your PII and your company's information, if applicable, collected on our Sites. Nelson Mullins protects its databases with various physical, technical and procedural measures and we restrict access to such PII by unauthorized persons. Nelson Mullins also advises all Nelson Mullins and affiliate employees about their responsibility to protect PII and Nelson Mullins provides them with appropriate guidelines for adhering to Nelson Mullins' business ethics standards and confidentiality policies. Nelson Mullins does not guarantee that any information you provide will not be intercepted by a third party during transmission over any public networks or otherwise. You bear the risk of communicating with us electronically and we are not responsible for any resulting loss or damage.
  1. Use of the Sites by Children under 13. We are strongly committed to preserving online privacy for all of visitors of our Sites, including children. Our Sites are general audience websites, and we do not knowingly collect information about children or provide Services to children. Consistent with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, we will not knowingly collect any information from children under the age of 13.
  1. Retention Period. Unless otherwise required by applicable law, regulations or standards, we will retain PII about you for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes described in this Policy or on our Sites. 
  2. Geographic Limitations; Use of the Sites outside of the US. We do not represent or warrant that the Sites, or any part thereof, are appropriate or available for use in any particular geographic location. If you choose to access our Sites, you do so on your own initiative and at your own risk, and are responsible for complying with all local laws, rules, and regulations applicable in your jurisdiction. We reserve the right to limit the Sites’ availability, in whole or in part, to any person, geographic area, or jurisdiction we choose, at any time and in our sole discretion. If you are visiting our Site from outside the United States, please be aware that your information may be transferred to, stored or processed in the United States, where our servers are located and our central database is operated. The data protection and other laws of the United States and other countries might not be as comprehensive as those in your country, but please be assured that we take steps to protect your privacy. By using our Services, you understand that your information may be transferred to our facilities and those third parties with whom we share it as described in this Policy.

CHANGES TO OUR WEBSITE PRIVACY POLICY

We reserve the right to modify this Policy at any time, so please review it frequently. You can determine if the Policy has been revised since your last visit by referring to the "Effective Date of This Privacy Policy" section below. By continuing to use any of the Sites after any such revision, your use constitutes your acceptance of such revised Policy. To more easily determine if changes have been made to this Policy, you should print, save or otherwise retain a copy of the Policy (and of any revised version) for your records. This Policy is not intended to and does not create any contractual or other legal right in or on behalf of any party.

contacting us

If you have any questions regarding the Policy, please contact us by email at info@nelsonmullins.com or by letter to James C. Gray, Jr., Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Meridian, 17th floor, 1320 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Please note that email communications will not necessarily be secure; accordingly you should not include credit card information or other sensitive information in your email correspondence with us. Furthermore, note that such communications are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship and our Sites are not intended to be a solicitation or to render legal advice.

Effective Date of This Policy

This Privacy Policy was last updated on June 6, 2011.

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