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Privacy Policy

Attorneys, as with all providers of personal financial services, are required by law to inform their clients of their policies regarding privacy of client information.  In compliance with such laws and with the professional rules and restrictions of the Court of Appeals of Maryland and the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct, Sellers Johnson Law is bound by stringent professional standards of confidentiality.  References in this section to “us” and “we” represent all representatives of Sellers Johnson Law, as described above.

Types of Personal Information we Collect

We may collect nonpublic personal information about our clients that is provided to us by our clients or obtained by us, to the best or our knowledge, with our clients' authorization.  We also may research and collect public personal information about individuals who contact our firm.

Parties to Whom We May Disclose Information

We do not disclose any non-public personal information obtained in the course of our practice except as required or permitted by law or authorized by our clients.  Permitted disclosures include, for instance, providing information to us and, in limited situations, to unrelated third parties who need to know that information to assist us in providing services to our clients.  In all such situations, we stress the confidential nature of information being shared.

Protecting the Confidentiality and Security of Current and Former Clients' Information

We retain records relating to professional services that we provide so that we are better able to assist our clients with their professional needs and, in some cases, to comply with professional guidelines.  In order to guard our clients’ nonpublic personal information, we maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with our professional standards.

Technological Information

Clients and other individuals may desire to utilize technological communication to facilitate their business relationship with Sellers Johnson Law.  We encourage the use of technology in communicating with us, yet we caution that technological communication is not always secure.  Communication via email and analog facsimile (FAX) machine, and other such non-secure methods, are generally convenient and cost effective.  Clients and other individuals, however, should assume that our firm does not have encryption capabilities with respect to such communications.  Such individuals should understand that such communications are subject to being intercepted, misdirected, viewed, heard, or otherwise accessed by unknown sources, either inadvertently or intentionally.  As such, Sellers Johnson Law does not guarantee the confidentiality or security of such communications between individuals and our law firm.  Accordingly, such individuals acknowledge and accept the risk of inadvertent disclosure with respect to the content of any such communication between them and our law firm.  Sellers Johnson Law discourages the use of communication via the above-mentioned non-secure methods with our law firm.  If a client or other individual chooses to utilize non-secure methods of communication, such individuals accept all confidentiality risks and consequences associated therewith.

Social Media Policy

Persons interacting with Sellers Johnson Law may find profiles for Sellers Johnson Law posted in various social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, among others.  While the law firm may be “friends” or “linked” or otherwise connected with individuals through these applications, Sellers Johnson Law will not communicate with its clients about their legal issues through these applications. Clients who attempt to communicate with our firm using these applications will be directed to log into the law firm's secure Client Portal.  Sellers Johnson Law will respond directly to our clients’ communication within the secure Client Portal or through other means appropriate to the situation. The purpose of this policy is to avoid the unintentional communication of confidential client information through a non-secure and public online forum.