The federal "Privacy Act" (Pub. Law 106-102, adopted Nov. 12, 1999), as administered by the FTC, requires that we disclose to you our policy as regards the private information we gather about you in the course of legal representation, or even the preliminary discussion of legal representation which never in fact matures into an active attorney-client relationship with this firm, such as might occur in a situation in which we discuss referring you to another lawyer or law firm. This law, while well intended, is a gross and ridiculous application of law as applies to lawyers. Our professional conduct is governed much more stringently by the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, and in particular Section 1.05 thereof, which absolutely forbids our disclosure of your personal private information to anyone without your consent. This is called the "attorney-client privilege."
Our policy is quite simple. We gather significant personal and financial information in the course of representation of our clients. We must keep all of that information confidential except as (1) shared within our office, on a "need to know" basis, in order to effect your representation, (2) when ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction to disclose such information or disclosure is required by a specifically applicable law, or (3) when we are specifically authorized by you to share that information. We do not and cannot share any information about you with anyone else except under these three limited circumstances. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect the information that we maintain in our files from public disclosure in compliance with our professional responsibility.