Sheppard Mullin PRIVACY POLICY 

Effective Date: May 1, 2001.
Last Updated: May 24, 2018.

About This Policy

This policy describes how Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP uses information it collects on the websites where this policy is posted. It also applies to outreach, informational, and marketing emails we send. This policy does not apply to our use of employee or job applicant information. It also does not apply to information we collect offline.

Information We Collect

The types of personal data relating to you that we may “process” (such as collect, use and store) depends on your interaction with us. The key types of personal data that we may process are set out below.

Contact Information: We collect name and email address from you. For example, if you sign up for one of our newsletters. We may also collect your fax or phone number or company name.

Site and usage information: We may collect information about what browser you are using. We may also collect information about the sites you visit when you leave us or what sites you came from. Browser information might include the general region or area from which you access our site.

How We Collect Information

Direct: We collect information directly from you.

Passive: We collect information passively. This includes using the tracking tools discussed in our Cookie and Advertising Policy.

From Third Parties:  We may collect information from third parties. This might include social media websites.

Combining Information: We combine information we obtain from different sources.

How We Use Information

We may process your information (depending on your interaction with us) for a variety of reasons that are permitted under data protection laws and in accordance with this policy, which may include the below purposes. Note that the legal bases outlined below are required to be included under EU data protection laws—they do not apply to you if you do not reside in the EU.

To answer your questions and respond to your requests: For example, we use information to send you a blog you request or respond to a question you have submitted to us. This may be done to meet and fulfill our contractual obligations under an existing agreement with you or in anticipation of entering into an agreement with you.

To send you information we think you will want: For example, we might send you an invitation to an event we think you might want to attend. We might also send you information about a legal update in which we think you might be interested. This may be done to meet and fulfill our legitimate business interests or with your consent.

To improve our websites: For example, we might look at what content people find most interesting and which functions people use the most. We might also use information to understand what content people view. This may be done to meet and fulfill our legitimate business interests.

When We Share Information

With related entities: We share information with our related entities. These are Sheppard Mullin (UK) LLP, a New York limited liability partnership and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton New York, LLC, a New York professional service limited liability company.

With service providers who do things on our behalf: For example, we will share information with a vendor who sends emails out for us or who assists with providing technology and user assistance.

We share information if we think we have to in order to comply with the law: This includes cooperating with law enforcement when we think it is appropriate, obtaining legal remedies or limiting our damages, and protecting the rights, safety and/or property of you, our employees or others.

With your consent: If we do not process your information in accordance with our legitimate interest or based on a contractual obligation we have with you, we may share or disclose your information if you provide us with your affirmative consent.

We will share information as otherwise legally permitted or as we may notify you.

You Have Certain Choices

Marketing Emails: You can opt-out of marketing emails by following the instructions in the message we send. We may also give you choices about other emails you receive from us.

Cookies and Tracking Tools: You can read our Cookie and Advertising Policy to learn about the controls you have over cookies and other online tracking tools.

Our Do Not Track Policy: Our Do Not Track Policy is available in our Cookie and Advertising Policy.

If you reside in the EU:  You may have certain rights with respect to the personal information you provided to us.  To the extent permitted by applicable data protection laws, you may:

  • Access or modify your personal information;
  • Object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to the processing of your personal information if the legal ground we are relying on is our legitimate interest or in the public interest;
  • Request that your personal information be erased if it is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it was processed, you have withdrawn consent to, or object to, the processing of such personal information and we meet no other legitimate basis for such processing or it has been unlawfully processed;
  • Restrict the processing of your personal information if you contest its accuracy or the lawfulness of our processing, we no longer need it but you need it for a legal claim or you have objected to its processing and await verification of our legitimate grounds for processing it;
  • Stop receiving our marketing communications. If you opt out of marketing emails, you will continue to receive messages from us about your relationship with us where permitted by law;
  • Under certain circumstances, have your personal information transferred to another company; or
  • Withdraw any consents that you have previously provided to allow us to process your personal information.

If you wish to exercise any of these rights please contact us at privacy@sheppardmullin.com.  Although we urge you to contact us to find a solution for every concern you may have, if you are an EU resident you always have the right to lodge a complaint with your competent data protection authority.  Please note that some requests may require you to verify your identity.

Information Is Stored in the United States

Information we collect is stored in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States be aware that information you submit will be transferred to the United States and you consent to this transfer. If you reside in the EU, we will transfer your personal data to the United States in accordance with EU data protection law requirements by using model contractual clauses that have been approved by the European Commission or other appropriate means.  You understand that the United States may not provide the same level of protections as the laws in your country.

We Use Standard Security Measures

We use industry standard measures that are consistent with applicable privacy and security laws to protect personal information. No website is completely secure, however. We encourage you to use websites and share information with caution.

How Long We Keep Your Information

We access, retain, store and use information for the least amount of time necessary pursuant to our relationship with you (e.g. to provide you with or access to our services), in accordance with our data retention policies and applicable law.  We do not collect more personal information than is necessary to fulfill our obligations to you or at law or for purposes stated in this policy.

Our Website May Have Third Party Links

Our website may have links to third party content. We do not control that content or the third party’s privacy practices. We encourage you to read their privacy policies to understand how they use your information.

Information Collection from Children

Our website is not directed to children under the age of 13 (if you are located in the United States) and under the age of 16 (if you are located outside the United States).  We do not knowingly collect information, including personal information, from children.  If we obtain actual knowledge that we have collected personal information from someone under the applicable age listed above, we will promptly delete it.  If you believe that we have mistakenly collected information from someone under the applicable age listed above, please contact us at privacy@sheppardmullin.com.

You Can Contact Us

If you have questions about this policy you can email us at privacy@sheppardmullin.com. You can also contact us if you want to know what information we have or want us to take you off of our lists. To reach us by mail send your requests and questions to: L. Dultz, Sheppard Mullin, 333 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA, 90071.

We May Update This Policy

We may update this policy from time to time. We will notify you of changes as may be required by law. The updated policy will be posted on our website. Your continued use of the website after we post a revised policy signifies your acceptance of the revised policy.

If you are an EU resident, we may continue to process your information based on our legitimate interests or in order to fulfill our obligations under a contract and/or may also seek your affirmative consent to the terms of the updated policy, if required.  For example, we may ask for your consent before implementing new uses of the personal information that we’ve already collected from you based on such consent, if such new use was not addressed by the consent under which such information was collected or if our legal basis for processing such information changes.

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