Thank you for visiting the Payne & Fears Website. We hope you find your experience in visiting the Website to be informative and helpful. To provide an optimal experience, we provide our privacy policy and copyright notice below.

By using this Website, you are agreeing to these Website Terms of Use and Privacy Notice (“Terms”). If you do not agree to these Terms, please do not use the site. We may revise these Terms at any time without prior notice by updating this page and such revisions will be effective upon posting to this page. Please check this page periodically for any changes. Your continued use of this Website following the posting of any revisions to these Terms will mean you accept those changes.


The information contained in the Payne & Fears LLP Website is intended to convey general information about Payne & Fears LLP solely for informational purposes, does not create an attorney-client relationship, and does not in any way substitute for professional consultation and advice, generally or in a particular case. The law is constantly changing, and the information may not be complete or correct depending on the date of the article and your particular legal problem. Each legal problem depends on its individual facts and different jurisdictions have different laws and regulations. Because of these differences, you should not act or rely on any information on this Website without seeking the advice of a competent attorney licensed to practice law in your jurisdiction for your particular problem. Except where noted, materials on this Website have been prepared by Payne & Fears’ attorneys. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision, and you should consider the information contained on this Website as well as other relevant factors in making such decisions. Payne & Fears LLP has endeavored to comply with all legal and ethical requirements in developing this Website and does not desire to represent clients based upon their review of any portions of this Website which do not comply with the legal or ethical requirements of the jurisdiction in which the client is located.

Although we attempt to keep our Website as current and accurate as possible, we have also included older materials on our site for general informational purposes. We cannot assure you that any or all the information will be applicable to your situation, accurate, complete, or up to date. We cannot assure you that our Website always will be available or free of functional defects. We disclaim any and all liability in respect to actions taken or not taken based on any of the contents of this Website.

Our Website may also contain links to materials prepared by others and available at other Websites. Our inclusion of these links does not indicate our affiliation with the linked entity or an endorsement of the information available at those Websites, and we are not responsible for any third-party contents that are accessible through our Website.


Copyright Notice

Except as otherwise indicated, this Website and its entire contents (including, but not limited to, the text, information, software, graphics, images, sound, animation, and any other content) are owned by Payne & Fears LLP and are protected by domestic and international copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property laws. All copyrightable text and graphics, the selection, arrangement, and presentation of all materials (including information in the public domain), and the overall design of this Website are © Copyright Payne & Fears LLP, 2022. All rights reserved. This copyright notice applies to the entire contents of this Website. You may not modify the materials nor use the materials in a manner that suggests an association with Payne & Fears LLP. The content herein, including trademarks, service marks, written text, html or other code, images, animations, digital photographs, or other content accessible on this site, should not be reproduced, copied, distributed, posted, or used in any other way without the express written permission of Payne & Fears LLP. The use of any Payne & Fears LLP material on any other Website or computer environment is prohibited.

Attorney Biographies and Experience

Experience described on some attorney biographies on the Website may date from before an individual attorney joined Payne & Fears LLP. Experience represented on the Website does not imply current client or matter status. Prior results described in attorney biographies or otherwise on the Website do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Submissions to Us

Our Website contains contact information for many Payne & Fears LLP attorneys. However, neither the act of contacting a Payne & Fears LLP attorney electronically nor the content of any email sent to Payne & Fears LLP or to any of its attorneys will create an attorney-client relationship. Unless you have an attorney-client relationship with Payne & Fears LLP, any information you send us will not be treated as confidential. Do not send us confidential information unless you have been authorized to do so by a Payne & Fears LLP attorney or have a pre-existing attorney-client relationship with Payne & Fears LLP as documented in a formal engagement letter. If you communicate with us by email in connection with a matter for which we already represent you, you should note that the security of Internet email is uncertain. By sending sensitive or confidential email messages which are not encrypted, you accept the risks of such uncertainty and possible lack of confidentiality over the Internet.

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy doesn’t cover our processing of personal information on behalf of clients as part of legal services we provide, which is governed by the terms of our client engagement agreements or other conditions that may apply. 

We do not collect any personally identifying information from our visitors unless you request a subscription to any of our online publications. At that time, we may collect your first and last names, company affiliation and title, street address, telephone and fax numbers, email address, and Web page URL. We do not share, rent, or sell any of this information about you to third parties and use it only for the purpose for which it was submitted. If you would like to unsubscribe to a subscription, review any of the personal information we have retained, or have any other questions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us at

 “Cookies,” are programs designed to track Website visitors and monitor Web surfing habits. Our Website uses the following types of cookies, some of which are third- party cookies from our authorized service providers. While we limit related data collection to Non-Personal Information when feasible, collection may include some Personal Information:

Essential: Essential cookies are necessary to secure our Website and enable you to navigate it.

Analytics: Analytics cookies allow us to analyze use of our Website to evaluate and improve performance.

Service providers (described below) are authorized to place third-party Cookies on our Website do so on our behalf and are contractually prohibited from using personal information they may access through our Website for any purpose other than providing us with services. We also log IP addresses for systems administration purposes to track a visitor’s session, which gives us an idea of which parts of our site you are visiting. We currently use the following analytic tools that may use cookies:

Google Analytics. We use Google Analytics to analyze the performance of our Website, to analyze trends, to administer the Website, to track aggregate users’ movements around the Website, to gather statistical data about the demographics of our user base, and to improve your experience with our Website. We do not use Google Analytics to identify any individual users or to provide targeted advertising. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve this site. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personally identifiable information. Please refer to Google’s Privacy Policy for more information. Users who wish to opt out of any Google Analytics tracking on the Payne & Fears LLP site may download the Google Analytics opt-out browser extension for this purpose.

Siteimprove. We use SiteImprove to analyze the performance of our Website, to maintain the quality of our Website content, to maintain the accessibility of our Website, and to track aggregate users’ movements around our Website. We do not use Siteimprove to identify any individual users or to provide targeting marketing or advertising. We use the information we get from Siteimprove only to improve the quality of this site. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Siteimprove with personally identifiable information. Please refer to Siteimprove’s Privacy Policy for more information.

Third-Party Links and Websites. Our Website may contain links to and from the Websites of third parties. If you follow a link to any of these Websites, please note that these Websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any data to these Websites.

Disclosures Required by Law. We may have a legal obligation to disclose your personal data to government authorities or other third parties pursuant to a valid regulatory request, investigative demand, executive order, subpoena, discovery request or court order. We may also need to disclose our data in accordance with law to defend our legitimate interests, for example, in civil or criminal legal proceedings.

California Do Not Track Disclosure. We do not track Website visitors over time and across third-party Websites to provide targeted advertising. We respond to ‘Do Not Track’ (DNT) signals for our Website’s Google Analytics. We do not currently respond to DNT signals for other tracking technologies and use your information as described in this Privacy Policy.

Analytics/Log Files. We may gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information may include Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data. We may combine this automatically collected log information with other information we collect about you. We do this to improve the security of our Website and troubleshoot Website errors.

Opt-out Preferences. If you wish to subscribe to our information and marketing newsletters, we will use your name and email address to send the newsletter to you. Out of respect for your privacy, you may choose to stop receiving our newsletter or marketing emails by following the unsubscribe link included in these emails, or you can contact us at Please put “Unsubscribe” in the subject line. We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your rights under applicable privacy laws including the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.

Changes to Policy. We may change our privacy policy and terms at any time. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our homepage. We encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Policy to ensure you are familiar with the most current version.

General. These terms of use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California and the laws of the United States, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these terms shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in Orange County, California, and you hereby consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. If any provision of these terms of use shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these terms of use and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.