Effective date: April 16, 2020
Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe, LLC (“us”, “we”, “our”, “Metz Lewis” or “the Firm”) is a law firm based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania providing legal services. We operate the website https://www.metzlewis.com (the “Website”) to provide general information regarding the Firm, our attorneys, legal developments and to provide a portal for the secure payment of bills online.
This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information when you visit our Website and the choices you have associated with that data.
Information Collection and Use
We may collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide our services and improve the Website.
Types of Data Collected
While visiting the Website, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Information”). Personal Information may include, but is not limited to:
- Email Address
- First Name and Last Name
- Phone Number
- Address, State, Province, ZIP/Postal code, City, Country
- Cookies and Usage Data
We may also collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Website or when you access the Website by or through a mobile device (“Usage Data”).
This Usage Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Website that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.
When you access the Website by or through a mobile device, this Usage Data may include information such as the type of mobile device you use, your mobile device unique ID, the IP address of your mobile device, your mobile operating system, the type of mobile Internet browser you use, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.
Tracking & Cookies Data
Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Tracking technologies that may also be used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our Website.
You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Website.
Examples of Cookies we use:
- Session Cookies: We use Session Cookies to operate our Website.
- Preference Cookies: We use Preference Cookies to remember your preferences and various settings.
- Security Cookies: We use Security Cookies for security purposes.
- Statistics Cookies: We use Statistics Cookies to identify which pages on our Site are being used. This helps us analyze data about web page traffic, such as with Google Analytics, to improve our Site in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Use and Transfer of Personal Information
Metz Lewis uses the collected data for various purposes:
- To provide legal services
- To provide and maintain the Website
- To notify you about changes to our Website, notifications about our Firm including events, and updates on legal developments
- To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Website
- To provide analysis or valuable information so that we can improve the Website
- To monitor the usage of the Website
- To detect, prevent and address technical issues
Your information, including Personal Information, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.
If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Information, to the United States and process it there.
All notices regarding a change in data or consent, in writing, should be provided to us at email@example.com or at the contact information found at the bottom of this page. You will receive confirmation of any changes within one month. If you withdraw consent, we may keep a record of your withdrawal in order to be able to comply with your request and prevent contact.
Your information will be stored in our data systems for only so long as is necessary to fulfill your requests and our needs for data as described above, unless we need to retain it to fulfill legal obligations. At any time, you may request a copy of the information we are storing which relates to you.
Disclosure of Personal Information
We do not and will not sell your information to others and have not done so in the last 12 months.
We may disclose your Personal Information, and have disclosed Personal Information in the last 12 months, to the extent required:
- To third party Service Providers we use to support our Firm and the Website;
- To fulfill any express purpose for which you provide any Personal Information;
- For any specific purposes disclosed by us when you provide any Personal Information; or
- With your consent.
We may also disclose your Personal Information in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
- To comply with a legal obligation;
- To protect and defend the rights or property of Metz Lewis;
- To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Website;
- To protect the personal safety of users of the Website or the public; or
- To protect against legal liability.
Security of Personal Information
The security of your Personal Information is important to us. We have implemented measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration and disclosure.
Although we do our best to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee the security of your Personal Information transmitted to the Website. Any transmission of Personal Information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Website.
We may employ certain third-party companies and individuals to facilitate our use and management of the Website (“Service Providers”), to provide services on our behalf, to perform Website-related services, and to assist us in our provision of legal services.
These third parties may have access to your Personal Information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.
For example, we may use certain third-party Service Providers to assist with payment processing, information technology, email, document management, and website analytics and therefore may share or disclose the Personal Information with them for these purposes. You should carefully review the privacy policies and other conditions of use of these Service Providers. Their information may be found at:
- www.paytrace.net/privacy-policy/ and www.paytrace.net/terms-of-use/
We do not process credit card payments or collect or store credit card information. All payment processing services are provided by third party Service Providers as discussed above. In some cases, your information may be provided to these Service Providers solely for the purpose of processing payment for invoices initiated by you through this Website. The Service Providers only use your personal information for performing their service functions and are prohibited from using it for other purposes.
You may receive a notice when information about you may be shared with third parties, and you will be provided with the opportunity to choose not to share the information.
Links to Other Sites
We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third-party sites or services.
If you are a natural person who is a resident of the state of California, you have certain rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the “CCPA”) with respect to your Personal Information. These rights include the following:
- Know: you have the right to know what categories of and specific pieces of Personal Information is collected, used, shared or sold in the last 12 months.
- Delete: you have the right to delete Personal Information held by us and our Service Providers, though we may retain Personal Information if it is needed to: (1) complete a transaction, provide a service or otherwise perform a contract for you, (2) detect or resolve issues relating to security or functionality of the Website; (3) complying with legal obligations; (4) engage in research in the public interest; (5) exercise free speech or ensure another’s exercise of free speech; or (6) use the Personal Information internally in a lawful manner that is consistent with the context in which you provided the Personal Information.
- Opt-Out: you have the right to opt-out of the sale of Personal Information.
- Financial Incentive: we may offer financial incentives for the collection, sale or deletion of Personal Information. We may also offer a different price, rate, level or quality of services if that price or different is directly related to the value provided to you by your data. If we do so, we will inform you first and obtain your express consent before doing so.
- Non-discrimination: you have the right to not be discriminated against in price or service for exercising your privacy rights.
To exercise any of your privacy rights under the CCPA, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org or the contact information provided at the bottom of this page. We will confirm receipt of your request and respond within one month once we have been able to verify your identity. If we cannot verify the identity or otherwise comply with the request, we will let you know.
“Do Not Track” Signals: Please note that we do not change our practices in response to a “Do Not Track” signal in the HTTP header from a browser or mobile application.
Citizens of the European Union
If you are a citizen of any Member State of the European Union, you have certain rights with respect to the processing of your personal data (referred to here as Personal Information) as defined by the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation) effective May 25, 2018 (“GDPR”). These rights include the following:
- Access: you have the right to know whether we are processing any of your Personal Information, and if so: (1) the purpose; (2) the categories of Personal Information processed; (3) with whom we have or will share your Personal Information; (4) how long we may store your Personal Information; and (5) where we may have obtained your Personal Information if not from you.
- Rectification: you have the right to have any inaccuracies in your Personal Information corrected.
- Erasure (“Right to be Forgotten”): you have the right to request deletion of your Personal Information if: (1) it is no longer necessary for our purposes; (2) you withdraw consent for processing and there is no other legal ground for retention of the Personal Information; (3) you object to processing and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing; (4) the Personal Information have been unlawfully processed; (5) the Personal Information have to be erased for compliance with a legal obligation; or (6) if the Personal Information have been collected in relation to the offer of information society services.
- Restriction of Processing: you have the right to restrict our processing of your Personal Information under the following circumstances: (1) the accuracy of the Personal Information is contested; (2) use is unlawful but you don’t want us to erase or delete it; (3) we no longer need the Personal Information but you want us to hold it in connection with a legal claim; or (4) you objected to use of the Personal Information but it has yet to be determined if there are legitimate grounds to override this request. If so restricted, we may only store it or use it with your consent or for legal purposes.
- Notification Obligation: we will inform any third-party Service Provider with whom we have shared your Personal Information of any rectification or erasure of Personal Information or the restriction of processing of Personal Information and direct them to take similar measures.
- Data Portability: you have the right to receive a copy of your Personal Information.
- Object: you have the right to object to processing of the Personal Information for: automated decision-making, profiling, direct marketing, and statistical, scientific or historical research purposes.
- Automated Decision-Making: you have the right not to be subject to a decision made solely on automated processing, including profiling, unless you expressly consent or it is necessary for us to provide our services. To exercise any of your privacy rights under the GDPR, please send a request to email@example.com or the contact information provided at the bottom of this page. We will confirm receipt of your request and respond within one month once we have been able to verify your identity. If we cannot verify the identity or otherwise comply with the request, we will let you know.
Our Website does not address anyone under the age of 18 (“Children”). We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Children has provided us with Personal Information, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Information from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.
METZ LEWIS BRODMAN MUST O’KEEFE LLC
ATTN: Data Privacy
535 Smithfield Street, Suite 800
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222