This web site is not intended to be a solicitation or to provide legal advice. In some jurisdictions, this web page could constitute an advertisement. Certifications of specialization are available to Tennessee, Florida, and New York lawyers in the areas of Civil Trial, Criminal Trial, Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights, Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Elder Law, and Estate Planning. No attorney in our firm is certified as a “specialist” in any of these areas by the Tennessee Commission on Legal Education and Specialization, the Florida Bar, the New York Bar, or by any other jurisdiction. No attorney-client relationship is established by contacting the firm via this website or the Internet, and no confidential information should be sent via the Internet or this website.
All information received from a client is strictly confidential. Our firm takes every step possible to protect our clients’ privacy. The data submitted via any form sent from our firm to a private email address and returned to us is encrypted and secured using industry-standard 256-bit SSL encryption.
Your Social Security Number and other personal information will only be used in the event that you hire the firm to represent you in your legal matter, and then only when necessary in limited use during the course of your case.
Social Security Numbers are most often used to positively identify parties. Most courts require Social Security Numbers of all parties in a case. Some other examples of how this information may be used include:
• initial service
• in court orders
• in required reports or other documents filed with the State or Federal government agencies
Your contact information will never be shared with another party without your permission, and any permission given may be withdrawn in writing at any time.
CLIENT STATEMENT OF RIGHTS
You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and consideration at all times by your lawyer and the other lawyers and personnel in our office.
You are entitled to an attorney capable of handling your legal matter competently and diligently, in accordance with the highest standards of the profession. If you are not satisfied with how your matter is being handled, you have the right to withdraw from the attorney-client relationship at any time (court approval may be required in some matters and your attorney may have a claim against you for the value of services rendered to you up to the point of discharge).
You are entitled to your lawyer’s independent professional judgment and undivided loyalty uncompromised by conflicts of interest.
You are entitled to be charged a reasonable fee and to have your lawyer explain at the outset how the fee will be computed and the manner and frequency of billing. You are entitled to request and receive a written itemized bill from your attorney at reasonable intervals. You may refuse to enter into any fee arrangement that you find unsatisfactory.
You are entitled to have your questions and concerns addressed in a prompt manner and to have your telephone calls and emails returned promptly.
You are entitled to be kept informed as to the status of your matter and to request and receive copies of papers. You are entitled to sufficient information to allow you to participate meaningfully in the development of your matter.
You are entitled to have your legitimate objectives respected by your attorney, including whether or not to settle your matter (court approval of a settlement is required in some matters).
You have the right to privacy in your dealings with your lawyer and to have your secrets and confidences preserved to the extent permitted by law.
You are entitled to have your attorney conduct herself or himself ethically in accordance with the Code of Professional Responsibility and the Rules of Professional Responsibility .
You may not be refused representation on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.