Privacy Policy


Protecting your privacy and information online is of the utmost importance to Arnstein & Lehr LLP (“Arnstein & Lehr,” “we” or “us”). This Privacy Policy applies to the Arnstein & Lehr employment law blog entitled “General-Counselor” (the “Blog” or “General-Counselor”) and is provided in order to inform you of our practices applicable to information collected on this Blog and to assist you in making informed decisions when choosing to access this Blog, participate in activities on this Blog, or obtain information about our products and services offered on this Blog.

The terms “you” and “your” refer to you and any other visitor to the Blog, including commenters, casual visitors to our Blog, those who wish to learn more about our services; clients, and others who choose to subscribe to our publications and receive announcements and other information from our Blog.


1) Collection of Personally Identifiable Information

For purposes of this Privacy Policy, the term “Personally Identifiable Information” shall mean the name, address, telephone number, email address, fax number, and other information that identifies or can be used to identify or contact a particular person. Arnstein & Lehr may sometimes request Personally Identifiable Information about you through this Blog for the purpose of registering you to receive additional information about the topics discussed on our Blog or the services provided by Arnstein & Lehr LLP, responding to your inquiries, and similar purposes related to Arnstein & Lehr LLP.

We also use this information to:
• personalize the content and information you will see based on your personal characteristics or preferences

• notify you of relevant news and features on the Blog (if you opt in to receiving such information)

• ensure, as far as is practical, that our Blog is compatible with the browsers and operating systems used by most of our visitors

Whether you supply Personally Identifiable Information to Arnstein & Lehr is completely voluntary. By providing Personally Identifiable Information, you agree that we may use such information within the bounds of this Privacy Policy.

Please note that if you supply Personally Identifiable Information to us through our Blog, the communication you send to us will not create a lawyer-client relationship with us. Do not send us any information that you or anyone else considers to be confidential or secret unless we have first agreed to be your lawyers in that matter. Any information you send us before we agree to be your lawyers cannot be protected from disclosure.

2) Protection of Information

When you visit our Blog, post a comment, or email a communication, your data passes through a server maintained by Arnstein & Lehr LLP. The technology used in this process is designed to prevent someone other than Arnstein & Lehr LLP from viewing and downloading your information. For more information on this subject, see External Considerations below.

Arnstein & Lehr LLP may collect the domain names of all visitors to our Blog in order to measure the Blog’s effectiveness and to determine ongoing improvements. We may also collect the e-mail addresses from emailed messages received. No domain names, email addresses or other Personal Identifiable Information provided will be shared with or sold to any other company or individual without prior authorization. We may provide aggregate statistics to reputable parties about the visitors to our Blog, but these statistics will not include any personal or private information that identifies you.

Additionally, when you visit our Blog, a tiny element of data called a “cookie” is automatically sent to your browser and may be stored on your hard drive so that our Blog recognizes you when you return. These cookies do not contain any Personally Identifiable Information. You may set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie (rather than automatically accept all cookies); however, should you decide not to accept cookies from our Blog, you will limit your access to certain benefits provided by the Blog.

Arnstein & Lehr LLP may disclose your Personally Identifiable Information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to: (1) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Arnstein & Lehr; (2) protect and defend the rights or property of Arnstein & Lehr LLP; or (3) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of our employees, users of our products or services, or members of the public.

3) The Relationship Between This Policy And Applicable Ethics Rules

We have taken efforts to harmonize this Privacy Policy with ethics rules, and other rules that apply to our legal practice (“Ethics Rules”). If a circumstance arises where applicable Ethics Rules conflict with this Privacy Policy, then applicable Ethics Rules will govern our relationship, and not the conflicting portion of this Privacy Policy.

4) Ongoing Communications

When registering at our Blog, you may be asked whether you would like to receive future communications about Arnstein & Lehr services and publications. If you authorize these communications, but later change your mind, please contact us (see Contact Us below for details on how to contact us).

This Privacy policy applies to information that you provide through using our Blog. This Privacy Policy does not apply to information you provide to Arnstein & Lehr through other means.

5) External Considerations

Our Blog may include links to and from other Internet Blogs as a convenience to Blog visitors. These linked Blogs may have different privacy policies from the one described here since this Privacy Policy applies solely to this Blog. The inclusion of any link does not imply our endorsement of any other company or any of its products, services or privacy practices. Furthermore, Arnstein & Lehr LLP is not responsible for Personally Identifiable Information voluntarily disclosed by you to third parties that you reach through posts or links on our Blog.

No data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, Arnstein & Lehr LLP cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information transmitted to our Blog over the Internet. We do, however, attempt to act in a commercially reasonably manner to help ensure the security of all information that passes through our server.

We describe many of our services on our Blog. These services are reasonably described to the best of our ability, but Arnstein & Lehr LLP does not guarantee that the descriptions of our services and publications are accurate in every detail or that each service will be available when and where needed to fulfill a specific request.

6) Children’s Policy

The content of our Blog is appropriate for, but not targeted to, children under the age of thirteen. Arnstein & Lehr LLP does not market products or services to this age group on our Blog.

7) Disclaimers

Concerning Blog Functionality and Availability. Arnstein & Lehr LLP does not promise that the Blog will be error-free or uninterrupted, or that the Blog will provide specific results from your use of any content, search, or link on the Blog. ARNSTEIN & LEHR LLP DISCLAIMS ALL EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES (INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE) WITH RESPECT TO THE FUNCTIONALITY OR AVAILABILITY OF THE SITE.

Advisory; No Legal Advice Provided Via the Blog. The information presented on the Blog is provided as a courtesy by Arnstein & Lehr LLP. The Blog is not intended as a substitute for professional legal advice. If you have, or suspect that you may have a legal problem, you should consult your lawyer to obtain legal information and recommendations specific to your problem. ARNSTEIN & LEHR LLP EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED CONCERNING THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THE BLOG. Persons accessing this information assume full responsibility for the use of the information and understand and agree that Arnstein & Lehr LLP is not responsible or liable for any claim, loss or damage arising from the use of the information.

Use of Blog Does Not Create an Attorney-Client Relationship. You agree that your use of our Blog does not create an attorney-client relationship and that communications using the Blog are not confidential.

8) Notice of Security Incident

If we detect, despite the safeguards set out above, an intrusion or other unauthorized access to or use of Personal Information (an “Intrusion”), we will (i) notify affected users of the Intrusion if the information at issue is sensitive, as determined by law; (ii) deliver this notice by the means we deem most efficient under the circumstances (such as, for example, first class mail or email); (iii) use contact information for each affected user that is current in our files; and (iv) use commercially reasonable efforts to accomplish these steps and effect this notice in a timely manner. To the extent applicable law requires steps in addition to those specified above, we will under all circumstances comply with applicable law.

9) Notification of Changes

From time to time, we may change this Privacy Policy. If we make any changes regarding disclosure of Personal Information to third parties, we will endeavor to inform you of the modified policy. We will post notice of the new Policy from the privacy link on our Blog. With respect to Blog Visitors, your use of our Blog following any such change constitutes your agreement to follow and be bound by the Privacy Policy, as changed.

10) Relationship to Terms of Use and Other Contracts

This Privacy Policy must be read in conjunction with our Terms of Use, and the provisions of our Terms of Use are incorporated herein. To the extent the Terms of Use conflict with the terms of this Privacy Policy, the terms of this Privacy Policy will control.

11) Contact Us

Please address any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy to:

Arnstein & Lehr LLP
120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1200
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Attn: Privacy Officer
(312) 876-7100

Please be sure to include your full name, address, telephone number and email address so that we may reach you with a response.

Last modified: April 10, 2009

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