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Privacy Policy

As a law firm, privacy and confidentiality are basic principles of our practice. 

  • We do not set any cookies in your browser.
  • Obviously, just viewing this website does not involve any privacy issues. We don't know who you are, or what you look at, outside of the summary page log statistics routinely collected by our Internet Service Provider on all pages hosted on their system. We don't think those logs have any personally identifiable information in them, but to the extent they do, it can't be any more than the IP addresses to which pages were sent. Unless you are paying your ISP for a static IP address (hardly anyone does, other than businesses with private networks), that information might be used to trace the fact that a page was viewed back to your ISP, but could not be traced to you, personally. In any case, we don't look at or use that information in any way. 

  • In fact, we don't look at the individual page hit logs at all, other than to occasionally look at the summary listings to see which pages on our site get the most traffic, or which are the most common search engine queries which result in hits to our site. We do not, and will not, make any effort to trace such inquiries. 

  • No registration is required to view this website. 

  • We do not (and cannot) collect e-mail addresses or contact information from users of this site as they visit. 

The only time we will ever know your e-mail address, or anything personal about you at all, is if you use our Contact Us web form or send an e-mail directly to one of the e-mail addresses at our firm. In that case, you should be aware of the following: 

  • We do want to hear from you - but you should realize that just by asking a question by e-mail or through our web form, you do not automatically become our client, and the provisions of attorney-client privilege will not apply to any information you send us.

  • We're not trying to duck responsibility - quite the opposite.  We intend to maintain the confidentiality of any information you may send. If  you do ask us to represent you as your attorneys/agents and we accept the representation, the attorney-client privilege will apply, of course. However, it is possible that we already represent some other client whose interests might conflict with yours, or might in the future be in such a situation, and we cannot be forced to withdraw from representation of an old client (or be precluded from accepting a new one), because we received an unsolicited question.

  • By sending unsolicited e-mail to us or using our web form, you agree that, until you retain us to represent you and we accept that representation, no attorney-client relationship will exist between you and our firm. We may review any information you transmit to us, and you agree that our review of the information contained in form submission or e-mail and any attachments that you submit will not preclude our firm (or any attorney or agent in the firm) from representing a party in any matter where that information is relevant.

  • If it appears that we would be prevented from representation of you because of a prior representation of another client whose interests might conflict, we will inform you of that potential conflict. If you still want us to represent you, we would be required to get your consent and that of the other client before we could accept such  representation, which would require revealing at least some of your information to the client and vice-versa. We would not take this step without your consent. Unless both parties agree to waive the potential conflict, we would not be able to accept you as a client.

  • We do not "harvest" e-mails from inquiries or use them for solicitations. 

  • Because of confidentiality issues, we do not sell any contact information or e-mail addresses, or share them with any third parties outside our firm - with one exception: if you write us for information about a patent which is listed on our "representative patents" pages, we reserve the right to forward your e-mail to our client so that they can answer your question.  

  • Oh, yes, one more exception: If you send us spam e-mail offering to enlarge parts of our corporate anatomy, share part of your ill-gotten gains as a deposed Nigerian dictator, represent your client who just happens to have the same last name (Brown? Who'd have thought it was possible...), or pretending to be Yahoo, AOL, Google or our bank and asking to verify our account details - or anything like any of that - shame on you. We will forward your e-mail to your internet provider, and the provider of any return address you supply. 

If you have any questions about these policies, please feel free to Contact Us

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400 M & T Bank Building
118 North Tioga Street - The Commons
Ithaca, NY 14850
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1250 Pittsford-Victor Road
Building 200 - Suite 290
Pittsford, NY 14534
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