Terms & Conditions

Welcome to CommonCounsel. By accessing or using any part of the CommonCounsel website, you agree to become bound by our Terms of Use as set forth below. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of our Terms of Use, then you may not access the CommonCounsel website or use any of our services. If you have any questions, please contact us

About the CommonCounsel services

Our services display both CommonCounsel-created content and content that is not created or developed by CommonCounsel. We do not regularly review third-party content that is published on our website. We may review third party-content to determine whether it violates our policies, and we may remove or refuse to display content that we reasonably believe violates our policies or the law. We do not guarantee the accuracy, adequacy or quality of any information posted by these third parties, or the qualifications of those posting it.

The information found on CommonCounsel is intended for general informational purposes only and should be used only as a starting point for addressing your legal issues. CommonCounsel does not provide legal services, and accessing such information, or communicating with or asking questions to a lawyer, or otherwise using the services, does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and CommonCounsel, or you and any lawyer. You understand that questions and answers or other postings to the website are not confidential and are not subject to attorney-client privilege.

CommonCounsel is not a lawyer referral service and we do not endorse any particular lawyer to service your needs. We use commercial reasonable efforts to verify that our lawyers are licensed but we do not make any warranty, guarantee or representation as to the legal ability, competence, qualifications or quality of our lawyers. We encourage our customers to conduct their own research on a lawyer prior to engaging such lawyer on our website. Our customers may post reviews of their experiences working with lawyers; these reviews do not guarantee, warrant or predict the future outcome of any legal matter. CommonCounsel is not responsible or liable for any user-generated content on our website or any reliance thereupon.

CommonCounsel is not a law firm and we do not offer legal advice, opinions, referrals or recommendations. The lawyers on CommonCounsel are not CommonCounsel employees or agents of CommonCounsel. CommonCounsel will not be a party to any future agreement between a lawyer and a customer and we are not responsible or liable for the action or inaction of any lawyer you engage with on our website.

Using our services

No use of our services is permitted by those under the age of majority in their state of residence. In no event is use of our services permitted by those under the age of 18. If you are using our services on behalf of any entity, then you are agreeing to these Terms of Use on behalf of that entity.

Using our services does not give you ownership of any intellectual property rights in our services or the content you access. Except in the context of browsing or accessing our services in accordance with these Terms of Use, you may not use content from our services unless you obtain permission from its owner or are otherwise permitted by law. These terms do not grant you the right to use any of our intellectual property, including our branding or logos used in our services.

Community rules

We expect users to follow certain rules when using the service. While we are not responsible for the content our users post, we reserve the right to take down content or close accounts.

You agree not to post any content (including, without limitation, text, images or other information) that: (a) is unlawful or promotes unlawful activity, defames, harasses, abuses, threatens or incites violence toward any person or group, (b) is pornographic in nature or discriminates against any person or group on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability, (c) is spam, (d) is any form of lottery or gaming, (e) contains or installs any viruses, malware or other content designed or intended to disrupt, damage or limit the functioning of any software, hardware or other equipment, (f) infringes on the intellectual property rights of any party, (g) impersonates any person or entity or (h) violates privacy rights of any third party.

User responsibilities

If you sign up for the service, you will create a profile which includes a username and password. You alone are responsible for your account and anything that happens while signed in or using your account. Your security is your responsibility.

Lawyer ratings and reviews

A lawyer’s rating and review found on CommonCounsel reflects a user’s assessment of a given lawyer, based upon the personal experience of said user. Someone else's assessment of the same lawyer may be very different, or be based upon different information. Ratings and reviews are not an endorsement of any particular lawyer, and is not a guarantee of a lawyer's quality, competency, or character. Nor are the ratings and reviews a predictor of the outcome of any matter in which such lawyer is involved. The ratings and reviews are intended to give you additional information about lawyers who may be suitable for your legal needs but you should not rely solely on these ratings and reviews in deciding whether to contact or hire any given lawyer.

Legal services for Consumers

CommonCounsel is a platform where lawyers unaffiliated with CommonCounsel can be found by and communicate with consumers. Consumers are responsible for paying the lawyer for the services provided. CommonCounsel has no liability, either primarily or secondarily, for paying the lawyer. The fees you pay for such services are charged by the lawyer. Any attorney-client relationship formed as a result of such discussions is between you and the lawyer you speak with—not between you and CommonCounsel. Furthermore, you understand that CommonCounsel cannot be held responsible for the quality or accuracy of any information or legal services provided by lawyers you connect with via CommonCounsel.

Services for Lawyers

CommonCounsel may decide to charge lawyers a fixed fee for maintaining a profile on our website. In such case you agree to pay CommonCounsel the subscription or usage fees indicated for that service. Payments for subscription services will be charged on the day your service goes into effect and will cover the use of that service for the period indicated. Thereafter, you agree that monthly payments will continue to be charged to your credit card on a recurring basis until you cancel your service. The amount of the monthly recurring charge will be the then-current subscription fee applicable to the service. You acknowledge that the amount of the recurring charge may increase if the applicable subscription fee increases. This service must be cancelled prior to your monthly renewal in order to avoid billing of the next month's service fee. All cancellations or reductions of advertising services must be received in writing by email or by U.S. mail (69 Charlton Street, New York, NY 10014, ATTN: Service Termination). Service fees are not prorated or refundable.

If your payment method fails or your account is past due, CommonCounsel reserves the right to either suspend or terminate your services. You agree to submit any disputes regarding any charge to your account in writing to CommonCounsel within sixty (60) days of such charge, otherwise such dispute will be waived and such charge will be final and not subject to challenge.

Legal advertising and communications

It is solely the responsibility of lawyers and law firms to ensure that any information they post or place on the CommonCounsel website and any communications they may have with prospective clients through the service, fully complies with all applicable laws and rules of professional conduct, including those concerning the unauthorized practice of law and those regulating the form, manner or content of communications with clients, advertising, or other matters.

Copyright

If you believe that any material on this website infringes upon any copyright which you own or control, you may file a DMCA Notice of Alleged Infringement with CommonCounsel’s Designated Copyright Agent:

Gregg Rivkind
c/o CommonCounsel
69 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014

Disclaimers and Acknowledgements Regarding Use of Legal Information

You acknowledge that third party information and user-generated content posted on our website consists of third party data and contributions, that there are certain inherent limitations to the accuracy or currency of such information, that legal and other information may be incomplete, may contain inaccuracies, or may be based on opinion. COMMONCOUNSEL DOES NOT SCREEN SUCH INFORMATION FOR ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, COMMONCOUNSEL MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ABOUT THE SERVICES. THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS." COMMONCOUNSEL ALSO DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

Limitation of Liability

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL COMMONCOUNSEL, OR ANY OF ITS DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS, BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS OR REVENUES, WHETHER INCURRED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, OR ANY LOSS OF DATA, USE, GOODWILL, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES, RESULTING FROM (A) THE OUTCOME OF ANY LEGAL MATTER; (B) YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES; (C) ANY CONDUCT OR CONTENT OF ANY THIRD PARTY RELATING TO THE SERVICES; OR (D) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, USE OR ALTERATION OF ANY LEGAL INFORMATION FOUND ON THE WEBSITE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY.
TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF COMMONCOUNSEL FOR ANY CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY MANNER TO THE USE OF THE SERVICES, IS LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT YOU PAID US TO USE THE SERVICES TO WHICH SUCH CLAIM RELATES IN THE 12 MONTH PERIOD PRECEDING THE FILING OF SUCH CLAIM.

User Posted Content & Other Interactive Services or Areas

CommonCounsel includes interactive areas in which you may post content and information, including lawyer reviews, questions and answers, comments, photos, and other materials (the "User Content"). You retain all rights in, and are solely responsible for, the User Content you post to CommonCounsel. You are also solely responsible for your use of such interactive features, and use them at your own risk. You represent and warrant that you have the right to post all user-generated content you submit. We reserve the right to remove or modify User Content for any reason, including User Content that we believe violates these Terms of Use or our policies.

When you post User Content to CommonCounsel, you give CommonCounsel a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such User Content throughout the world in any media. To the extent such content is attached to a profile on the CommonCounsel platform, the foregoing license includes a right to reproduce your profile, and any name, likeness or photograph contained in such profile. If you submit feedback or suggestions about our services, we may use your feedback or suggestions without obligation to you.

Email communications

We use email to stay in touch with our users. You consent to receive communications from CommonCounsel in electronic form via the email address you have submitted and agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications CommonCounsel provides you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications would satisfy if it were in written form.

Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless CommonCounsel, its corporate affiliates, independent contractors, service providers and consultants, and each of their respective directors, employees and agents, from and against any claims, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or related to any User Content you post, store or otherwise transmit on or through the services or your use of or inability to use the services, including without limitation any actual or threatened suit, demand or claim arising out of or relating to the User Content, your conduct, your violation of these Terms of Use or your violation of the rights of any third party.

Termination

You may cancel this Agreement and close your account at any time by ceasing to use the service. If you wish to delete your user profile information, please contact us here. The termination of your relationship with CommonCounsel does not affect your relationship with any lawyer you have retained through CommonCounsel. All legal, ethical, and contractual obligations survive termination of the CommonCounsel relationship.

Modifications

CommonCounsel may revise these Terms of Use from time to time and we will always post the most up-to-date version on our website. By using or continuing to use or access the services after any revisions have come into effect, you agree to be bound by the revised Terms of Use.

Applicable Law and Venue

The laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, excluding its conflict of law provisions, will apply to any disputes arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use or the services. All claims arising out of or relating to these Terms or the Services will be litigated exclusively in the state or federal courts located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and you and CommonCounsel consent to personal jurisdiction and exclusive venue in such courts.

Termination

Notwithstanding any of these Terms of Use, CommonCounsel reserves the right, without notice and in its sole discretion, to terminate your license to use the services, and to block or prevent your access to and use of the services. CommonCounsel reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time. In the event of termination of access to the services for any reason, you have no right to obtain a copy of any data or communications you stored or effected via the services, or any other data.

Entire Agreement

These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and CommonCounsel with respect to the subject matter of these Terms of Use, and supersede and replace any prior version of the Terms of Use. These Terms of Use create no third party beneficiary rights.

Waiver, Severability & Assignment

CommonCounsel's failure to enforce a provision of these Terms of Use is not a waiver of its right to do so later. If any provision of these Terms of Use is found unenforceable, the remaining provisions of the Terms of Use will remain in full effect and an enforceable term or terms will be substituted reflecting our intent as closely as possible. You may not assign any of your rights under these Terms of Use, and any attempt to do so will be void. CommonCounsel may assign its rights to any of its affiliates or subsidiaries, or to any successor in interest of any business associated with the services.

Questions & Contact Information

If you have any question regarding the use of the website, please email us or call us at (610) 812-7772.