Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy, we provide this
notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make
about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to
find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable
information may be requested.
This notice applies to all information collected from or submitted to Woodward/White,
Inc., or its subsidiary, Best Lawyers, LLC.
This Web site may contain links to other Web sites operated by third parties. Best
Lawyers is not responsible for the privacy practices or policies of such third party
If you have any questions about this Policy, please feel free to contact us through
our website or write to us at
Privacy Matters, c/o Best Lawyers
237 Park Avenue SW, Suite 101
Best Lawyers is self-certified under the "safe harbor" privacy framework that the
U.S. Department of Commerce has negotiated with the European Commission for compliance
by U.S. organizations with the European Commission's Directive on Data Protection
that went into effect in October 1998.
Information Collection and Use
Best Lawyers, LLC (and its parent company, Woodward/White, Inc.) offers a number
of services, including our search features, that do not require you to register
for an account or provide any personal information to us. In order to provide our
full range of services, we may collect the following types of information:
- Information You Provide - When you subscribe
to BestLawyers.com or other Best Lawyers services or promotions that require registration,
we ask you for personal information (such as your name, email address, and an account
password). For certain goods or services, we also request credit card or other payment
account information which we maintain in encrypted form on secure servers. We may
combine the information you submit under your account with information from other
Best Lawyers services or third parties in order to provide you with a better experience
and to improve the quality of our services. For certain services, we may give you
the opportunity to opt out of combining such information.
- Log Information - When you use Best Lawyers
services, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever
you visit our website. These server logs may include information such as your web
request, Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and
time of your request, and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser.
- User Communications - When you send email
or other communication to Best Lawyers, we may retain those communications in order
to process your inquiries, respond to your requests, and improve our services.
- Nominations, Recommendations, and Balloting
- Best Lawyers solicits nominations, as well as votes and commentary, regarding
potential and existing candidates for inclusion in its database of preeminent lawyers,
expert referrals, and other service providers. This particular information is held
in strictest confidence, and is maintained within Woodward/White, Inc. Such information
results in the publicly available databases of listed lawyers, experts, and other
- Affiliated Sites - We offer some of our services
in connection with other web sites. Personal information that you provide to those
sites may be sent to Best Lawyers in order to deliver the service. We process such
information in accordance with this Policy. The affiliated sites may have different
privacy practices and we encourage you to read their privacy policies.
- Links - Best Lawyers may present links in
a format that enables us to keep track of whether these links have been followed.
We use this information to improve the quality of our search technology, customized
that are owned and operated by Best Lawyers. We do not exercise control over links
within our various services. These other sites may place their own cookies or other
files on your computer, collect data, or solicit personal information from you.
Best Lawyers only processes personal information for the purposes described in the
to the above, such purposes include:
- Providing our products and services to users;
- Auditing, research and analysis in order to maintain, protect, and improve our services;
- Ensuring the technical functioning of our network; and
- Developing new services.
Options for Personal Information
When you sign up for a particular service that requires registration, we ask you
to provide personal information. If we use this information in a manner different
from the purpose for which it was collected, then we will ask for your consent prior
to such use.
If we propose to use personal information for any purposes other than those described
in this Policy and/or in the specific service notices, we will offer you an effective
way to opt out of the use of personal information for those other purposes. We will
not collect or use sensitive information for purposes other than those described
in this Policy and/or in the specific service notices, unless we have obtained your
You can decline to submit personal information to any of our services, in which
case Best Lawyers may not be able to provide those services to you.
Best Lawyers processes personal information only for the purposes for which it was
collected and in accordance with this. We review our data collection, storage, and
processing practices to ensure that we only collect, store, and process the personal
information needed to provide or improve our services. We take reasonable steps
to ensure that the personal information we process is accurate, complete, and current,
but we depend on our users to update or correct their personal information whenever
Best Lawyers makes every commercially reasonable effort to ensure changes to Attorneys',
Experts', and Service Providers' Bio Pages are updated in a timely manner, provided
that the request for changes is made in writing and signed by Attorney, Expert,
or Service Provider, or his or her firm contact. Best Lawyers makes good faith efforts
to provide you with access to your personal information and either to correct this
data if it is inaccurate or to delete such data at your request if it is not otherwise
required to be retained by law or for legitimate business purposes. We ask individual
users to identify themselves and the information requested to be accessed, corrected,
or removed before processing such requests, and we may decline to process requests
that are unreasonably repetitive or systematic, require disproportionate technical
effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical (for
instance, requests concerning information residing on backup tapes), or for which
access is not otherwise required. In any case where we provide information access
and correction, we perform this service free of charge, except if doing so would
require a disproportionate effort. Some of our services have different procedures
to access, correct, or delete users' personal information. We provide the details
for these procedures in the specific privacy notices or FAQs for these services.
Information Safety and Security
Appropriate security measures are in place to protect against unauthorized access
to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. These include
internal reviews of our data collection, storage, and processing practices and security
measures, as well as physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access
to systems where we store personal data.
We restrict access to personal information to Woodward/White employees, contractors,
and agents who need to know that information in order to operate, develop, or improve
our services. These individuals are bound by confidentiality obligations and may
be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they
fail to meet these obligations.
Best Lawyers regularly reviews its compliance with this Policy. Please feel free
to direct any questions or concerns regarding this Policy or Best Lawyers' treatment
of personal information by contacting us through this web site or by writing to
us at Privacy Matters, c/o Best Lawyers, LLC, 237 Park Avenue, SW, Aiken, SC 29801,
USA. When we receive formal written complaints at this address, it is Best Lawyers'
policy to contact the complaining user regarding his or her concerns. We will cooperate
with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities,
to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of personal data that cannot be
resolved between Best Lawyers and an individual.
Changes to this Policy
your rights under this Policy without your explicit consent, and we expect most
such changes will be minor. Regardless, we will post any Policy changes on this
page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice
(including, for certain services, email notification of Policy changes). Each version
date and we will also keep prior versions of this Policy in an archive for your
If you have any additional questions or concerns about this Policy, please feel
free to contact us any time through this web site or at:
Privacy Matters, c/o Best Lawyers
237 Park Avenue SW, Suite 101