As a law firm, Atticus must be cautious and precise in how we present ourselves online. This Disclaimer provides disclosures and explanations that may be useful to our clients or required by law.
1. State-Specific Legal Disclosures
We do not specifically target most states. However, since this web site may be visited from anywhere in the United States, out of an abundance of caution we make the following disclosures in accordance with relevant state laws:
- Alabama: No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
- California: This is lawyer advertising.
- Colorado: Colorado does not certify attorneys as specialists in any field.
- Florida: The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience.
- Iowa: The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of a lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. This disclosure is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa. NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: Memberships and offices in legal fraternities and legal societies, technical and professional licenses, and memberships in scientific, technical and professional associations and societies of law or field of practice do not mean that a lawyer is a specialist or expert in a field of law, nor do they mean that such a lawyer is necessarily any more expert or competent than any other lawyer. All potential clients are urged to make their own independent investigation and evaluation of any lawyer being considered. This notice is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa.
- Kentucky: THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT.
- Mississippi: The Mississippi Supreme Court advises that a decision on legal services is important and should not be based solely on advertisements.
- Missouri: Neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor the Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or specialist designations.
- Nevada: The State Bar of Nevada does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert.
- New Jersey: ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT — NOT A REFERRAL SERVICE. Before making your choice of an attorney, you should give this matter careful thought. The selection of an attorney is an important decision.
- New Mexico: LAWYER ADVERTISEMENT.
- New York: ATTORNEY ADVERTISING. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
- Oregon: THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT.
- Pennsylvania: ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT – NOT A REFERRAL SERVICE. Before making your choice of an attorney, you should give this matter careful thought. The selection of an attorney is an important decision.
- Tennessee: None of the attorneys in this firm are certified as a Civil Trial, Criminal Trial, Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy, Creditor’s Rights, Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Accounting Malpractice, Estate Planning or Elder Law specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Certification as a specialist in all other listed areas is not currently available in Tennessee.
- Texas: Unless otherwise stated, our attorneys claiming certification in an area of law are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
- Wyoming: The Wyoming State Bar does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert. Anyone considering a lawyer should independently investigate the lawyer’s credentials and ability, and not rely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise.
We have worked hard to comply with all legal and ethical requirements in creating our services and drafting this Disclaimer. Please contact us immediately if you believe we have fallen short in any way, and we will attempt to remedy any problem as quickly as possible.
To the extent any jurisdiction requires Atticus to designate a principal office or attorney responsible for this website or our services more broadly, Atticus designates its office at 757 S Alameda St., Ste. 300, Los Angeles, CA 90021, and attorney Samuel Byker.
2. No Attorney-Client Relationship (Yet)
No attorney-client relationship arises from your use of our services, nor does the use of our services (including submitting information about your situation online or by phone) obligate us to respond to your inquiries or provide you with any form of services or assistance. The only way an attorney-client relationship will arise is through a document you sign. We reserve the right to decline any representation for any reason.
3. No Expectation of Confidentiality or Conflict Preclusion
Atticus works hard to safeguard your confidential information, and in general we believe that it is safe to share details of your case with us. Once you become our client, information that you provide Atticus will be considered confidential and hold special legal status. However, prior to that time — for example, when you contact us initially or fill out an online form — information you provide will not automatically hold that special legal status, and in certain rare circumstances we may be required by law to disclose it. We cannot guarantee confidentiality until and unless we agree to enter into an attorney-client relationship with you.
As we seek to find the right legal help for you, we may share the information you provide with other law firms, attorneys, and organizations in order to get their advice on your situation, to ascertain their willingness to represent you, or for any other reason.
Information you submit — even if it is highly important and you intended it to be kept confidential — will not preclude us (or anyone else) from representing a party directly adverse to you in a matter where that information is relevant.
4. No Legal Advice Online; Information is Provided As-Is
The contents of this website are provided for informational purposes only; nothing you'll find here is legal or medical advice. The only way legal advice will be provided is by a licensed attorney communicating with you individually. We will never provide medical advice.
The information on our website — even if generated in response to user inputs — is no substitute for the advice of an attorney and should not be used as such. Our online tools are designed only to provide rough, high-level information for typical cases; your case may not be typical, and the information we provide may not apply to you. You should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information provided here.
Moreover, all information on our website is provided as is. Though we strive to keep all material updated and current, laws change rapidly. Atticus makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including — without limitation — implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, Atticus does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on our website or on any websites we link to. We expressly disclaim all liability arising from actions taken or not taken based upon the contents of this website.
5. Several Relationship Structures are Possible; Atticus is Not a Lawyer Referral Service
Atticus is a law firm. We are not a certified lawyer referral service and our offering bears little resemblance to the offering of such a service. (If you would like a lawyer referral service — which will match you with a lawyer who specializes in a legal area of your choice — you can find one through your state or local bar association.)
Atticus advises clients on the kind of legal help they need, and connects them with attorneys or organizations we recommend to provide that help. We may enter into one of several different relationships with you: (a) We may enter into an attorney-client relationship with you and serve as your sole or primary counsel; (b) We may enter into an attorney-client relationship with you and serve as co-counsel, bearing joint responsibility with one or more other attorneys or firms; (c) We may choose not enter into any kind of attorney-client relationship with you and bear no responsibility for your case. In each situation, we will strive to be clear about the structure of our relationship. We are always happy to clarify the situation or answer your questions.
6. Atticus is Licensed to Practice in Certain States; Laws Elsewhere Vary
Atticus employs lawyers barred in certain states, and our online services are designed for use by clients who need legal assistance with legal matters governed by the laws of those states or by federal law. Any information provided online for state-specific areas of law is targeted only to clients within the state or states listed, and is likely to be incorrect for others.
We may refer prospective clients to other law firms located throughout the country who form relationships with Atticus, or undertake legal representation and affiliate with other legal counsel located throughout the country to provide representation. If that occurs, please be aware that the laws of each state are different and information on this website may not apply to your case.
In particular, laws vary widely between and within states regarding Statutes of Limitations, which set deadlines for individuals to file lawsuits or claims. A typical period is two or three years, but some limitations periods last months or even days. For that reason, it’s critical to consult a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident or injury.
7. Website is Lawyer Advertising; No Implicit Warranties or Representations
This website is lawyer advertising. Hiring a lawyer is an important decision, and you should not base it solely on advertisements. If we provide information on prior results or testimonials regarding the quality of our service, they do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. We do not represent that the quality of the legal services to be performed by or through Atticus is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.