Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy, we provide this Privacy Policy to explain our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and processed.

This Privacy Policy applies to all information collected from or submitted to Ashraf & Co Lawyers, LLC.

Ashraf & Co Lawyers, with registered office at 801 Broad Street, Suite 950, Augusta, GA 30901, USA is the Controller for the processing of your personal data for the purposes described below.

1. Which personal data are collected about you?

Ashraf & Co Lawyers, LLC offers a number of services, including our search features, that do not require you to register for an account or provide any personal information to us. In order to provide our full range of services, we may collect the following types of information:

1.1 Information you provide us

In our dealings with you we will collect and hold personal information about you. We will use that information to carry out the Services and to make contact with you about issues we believe may be of interest to you. Provision of personal information is voluntary but if you do not provide full information this may impact on our ability to provide the Services.

1.2 Log Information

If you authorise us to disclose, in the normal course of performing the Services, such personal information to third parties for the purpose of providing the Services and any other purposes set out in these Terms.

1.3 Other information collected about you

We may disclose your name and address to third parties such as credit agencies to perform a credit reference or to undertake credit management or collection processes if it is reasonable to do so.

1.4 The information we collect

and hold about you will be kept at our offices and/or at secure file storage sites (including electronic file storage sites) elsewhere. If you are an individual, you have the right to access and correct this information.

1.5 We will provide to you on request

copies or originals (at our option) of all documents to which you are entitled under the Privacy Act 1993 or any other law. We may charge you our reasonable costs for doing this.

2. What are the purposes for processing and what are the legal bases?

Ashraf & Co Lawyers processes personal information only for the purposes for which it was collected. We periodically review our data collection, storage, and processing practices to ensure that we only collect, store, and process the personal information needed to provide or improve our services.

Options for Personal Information

When you sign up for a particular service that requires registration, we ask you to provide personal information. If we use this information in a manner different from the purpose for which it was collected, then we will ask for your consent prior to such use.

If we propose to use personal information for any purposes other than those described in this Policy and/or in the specific service notices, we will offer you an effective way to opt out of the use of personal information for those other purposes. We will not collect or use sensitive information for purposes other than those described in this Policy and/or in the specific service notices, unless we have obtained your prior consent.

You can decline to submit personal information to any of our services, in which case Ashraf & Co Lawyers may not be able to provide those services to you. Lawyers can also opt-out of Ashraf & Co Lawyers and Lawyer Directory. To be removed from our database, contact us at [email protected].

3. Who are the recipients of your data?

Your data will be used by authorized employees of Ashraf & Co Lawyers when necessary for carrying out the above listed purposes.

Ashraf & Co Lawyers also communicates your data to its authorized Processors in the following categories:

Media Partners: Ashraf & Co Lawyers may provide your information for the purpose of publicizing the Ashraf & Co Lawyers rankings to different regional and global media partners.
Publishing Partners: Ashraf & Co Lawyers may provide your information for the purpose of publishing our Ashraf & Co Lawyers rankings in a Ashraf & Co Lawyers magazine or book.
Ashraf & Co Lawyers may disclose information it collects about you if required by applicable law or to comply with a court order or an order from a public authority.

For EU residents, any disclosure will be done in accordance with applicable data protection laws, and with the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) for EU residents to ensure that Best Lawyers provides an adequate level of protection for your personal data. Ashraf & Co Lawyers partners with various EU media outlets to promote Ashraf & Co Lawyers awards to a targeted audience. For more information on our media partners, please contact Katie Morgan (Public Relations Manager) at [email protected].

4. Security

Ashraf & Co Lawyers will implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure an appropriate level of security regarding the risk incurred and protect your personal data against unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction.

5. What are your rights? How can you exercise them?

Ashraf & Co Lawyers makes every commercially reasonable effort to ensure changes to Lawyers’, Experts’, and Service Providers’ Bio Pages are updated in a timely manner, provided that the request for changes is made in writing and signed by Lawyer, Expert, or Service Provider, or his or her firm contact.

Ashraf & Co Lawyers makes good faith efforts to provide you with access to your personal information and either to correct this data if it is inaccurate or to delete such data at your request if it is not otherwise required to be retained by law or for legitimate business purposes.

We ask individual users to identify themselves and the information requested to be accessed, corrected, or removed before processing such requests, and we may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive or systematic, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical (for instance, requests concerning information residing on backup tapes), or for which access is not otherwise required.

In any case where we provide information access and correction, we perform this service free of charge, except if doing so would require a disproportionate effort. Some of our services have different procedures to access, correct, or delete users’ personal information. We provide the details for these procedures in the specific Privacy Policy or FAQs for these services.

For EU residents: please refer to Article 6 below for information on your rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”).

6. For European Union residents only

In addition to the above, please find below information which applies to European Union residents only under applicable Data Protection Law, notably the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

6.1 What are your rights?

Under applicable European Data Protection Law, notably the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), you have a number of rights with regard to your personal data. Those rights are as follows:

Right to Access — You can ask to see the personal information Best Lawyers holds about you. In connection with a request, we may request specific information about you to enable us to confirm your identity and right access, as well as search for and provide you with the personal information Best Lawyers holds about you. In the event we cannot provide you with access to your personal information (for instance, personal information may have been destroyed, erased or made anonymous), we will inform you of the reasons why.
Correction or Deletion of Personal Information — Best Lawyers works to ensure that personal information in its possession is accurate, current and complete. If you think that the personal information Ashraf & Co Lawyers holds on you is incorrect, inaccurate, incomplete or outdated, you may request the revision or correction of that information. If it is determined that personal information is inaccurate, incomplete or outdated, we will revise it.
Withdrawal of Consent — If you have provided consent for the processing of your data, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time which will not affect the lawfulness of the processing before your consent was withdrawn.
Objection to Processing — You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data including profiling, on grounds relating to your particular situation as provided by Data Protection law. When profiling is related to direct marketing you always have a right to object to the profiling.
Limitation to Processing — You have the right to obtain from us restriction of processing in certain instances as provided by data protection law.
Right to Data Portability — You have the right to receive the personal data, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format when the processing is based on your consent or on a contract. You also have the right to ask us to transmit it to another data controller of your choice.
Complaints — You have the right to lodge a complaint to the Data Protection Authority in the country where you live or work, if you believe that Best Lawyers has not complied with the requirements of the GDPR with regard to your personal data.
If you wish to exercise one of your rights, please send a request in this regard via email to [email protected].

6.2 How long will your personal data be retained?

We will retain your personal information in a form that identifies you only for as long as doing so serves the purposes for which the information was initially collected as stated in this privacy policy, or as subsequently authorized. We may continue processing your personal information for longer periods, but only for the time and to the extent such processing reasonably serves the purposes of archiving in the public interest, journalism, literature and art, scientific or historical research and statistical analysis, and subject to the protection of this Privacy Policy. When we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal information, we will either delete or anonymize it, or, if this is not possible (for example, because your personal information has been stored in backup archives), then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.

7. Enforcement

Ashraf & Co Lawyers periodically reviews its compliance with this Policy. Please feel free to direct any questions or concerns regarding this Policy or Ashraf & Co Lawyers’ treatment of personal information by contacting us through this web site or by writing to us at Privacy Matters, c/o Ashraf & Co Lawyers, LLC, 801 Broad Street, Suite 950, Augusta, GA 30901, USA.

When we receive formal written complaints at this address, it is Ashraf & Co Lawyers’ policy to contact the complaining user regarding his or her concerns.

We will cooperate with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of personal data that cannot be resolved between Ashraf & Co Lawyers and an individual.

8. Your California Privacy Rights

Under California’s “Shine the Light” law, California residents who provide personal information (as defined in the statute) in obtaining products or services for personal, family or household use are entitled to request and obtain from us once a calendar year information about the personal information we shared, if any, with other businesses for marketing uses. If applicable, this information would include the categories of personal information and the names and addresses of those businesses with which we shared such personal information for the immediately prior calendar year. To obtain this information please write to us at: Privacy Matters, c/o Ashraf & Co Lawyers, 801 Broad Street, Suite 950, Augusta, GA 30901, USA.

8.1 Do Not Sell My Information

You have the right to opt out of the sale of your personal information. This means your personal information will not be shared with any partners for publication purposes (including coverage in local magazines and newspapers). We do not sell any personal information to interest-based advertising organizations. Contact us at [email protected] for more information.

9. “Do Not Track” Signals

Do Not Track is a privacy preference that users can set in their web browsers. When a user turns on the Do Not Track signal, the browser sends a message to websites requesting them not to track the user. At this time, we do not respond to Do Not Track browser settings or signals.

10. Changes to this Policy

Please note that this Privacy Policy may change from time to time. We will post any Policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice (including, for certain services, email notification of Policy changes). Each version of this Privacy Policy will be identified at the top of the page by its effective date and we will also keep prior versions of this Policy in an archive for your review.

If you have any additional questions or concerns about this Policy, please feel free to contact us any time through this website.