Public Information in Layman's Term

Asked 8 months ago - Orange, CA

Let's say, an attorney named John created his website, which displays such information as his:

name
address
phone
service area such as immigration (H visa), criminal case defense (viloent crime), and other practice areas


Can the above information be deemed "Public Information"?

If so, can I feel free to indicate on my own website that attorney John practices immigration including handling the H visa; Besides, he also practices the criminal law including the violent crime defense? Is that legal for me to say so (on my website)?

Thanks

Attorney answers (2)

  1. Neil Pedersen

    Contributor Level 20

    3

    Lawyers agree

    Answered . Information found on a public internet site is not considered private information.

    Whether you can use someone else's information about what they do would depend on the purpose of your use. Because you do not disclose the purpose of your posting of this information, I can only say it would be prudent to share the specifics of your plan with an attorney before doing so.

    Good luck to you.

    This answer should not be construed to create any attorney-client relationship. Such a relationship can be formed... more
  2. David Herman Hirsch

    Contributor Level 20

    3

    Lawyers agree

    Answered . Listing an attorneys contact information and area of practice wouldn't be an invasion of privacy or personal information. Indeed, Avvo does just that, and the State Bar website has an attorney search that contains contact information for attorneys all over the State. I think the bigger issue for you is that you are seeking to start an internet related business and may end up engaging in other conduct that could involve using information and material that is protected under copyright laws, or otherwise is proprietary in nature. You would be wise to consult with a business attorney or attorney who specialized in advising internet based businesses on such matters before starting your venture. Use the Find a Lawyer tab on Avvo to find an attorney in your area to discuss your website business with... Best of luck to you...

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