The Avvo Mission
Avvo is the only free website that empowers consumers to handle their legal matters with confidence. Avvo offers ratings and profiles for every lawyer, as well as client reviews, peer reviews and attorney disciplinary records. Avvo also offers Avvo Answers, the world's largest question and answer forum where people can ask real attorneys - anonymously if desired - any legal question and receive personalized answers. Additionally, Avvo Legal Guides are a resource of lawyer-generated best practices for consumers seeking guidance on their legal issues. The website currently covers 90% of the lawyers in the United States. Founded in early 2006, Avvo is privately held, with funding from private investors, DAG Ventures, Benchmark Capital and Ignition Partners.
Avvo rates and profiles every attorney, so that people can choose the right attorney. Lawyer profiles contain helpful information including a lawyer’s experience, areas of practice, disciplinary history, and ratings from clients. Profile data comes from many sources, including state courts and bar associations, lawyer websites, and information provided by lawyers.
Information meets guidance in the Avvo Rating—our effort to evaluate a lawyer's background using a mathematical model that considers the information we know about a lawyer. This information is shown in the lawyer's profile, including a lawyer's years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements, and industry recognition—all factors that, in our opinion, are relevant to assessing a lawyer's qualifications. We also provide a 3-Step Guide to Choosing a Lawyer, with plenty of helpful tips for narrowing in on the right attorney for the job.
Avvo co-founder Mark Britton, an attorney for 16 years and formerly the top lawyer at Expedia.com, knows firsthand the challenges people face in finding the right attorney. Not only has he hired hundreds of attorneys throughout his career, but he noticed something peculiar while he was spending a year in Italy with his family. Even though he was gone for a year and was on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, Mark was repeatedly contacted by friends, family, and acquaintances—all seeking his advice about how to choose a lawyer.
It was clear that there was an unfulfilled need for advice and guidance, so upon returning to the U.S., Mark partnered with Paul Bloom, a veteran of Microsoft’s Consumer Division. The two quickly assembled a world-class team with deep expertise in law, consumer products, and technology, and Avvo—short for avvocato, lawyer in Italian—was born.
Life at Avvo
At Avvo, our philosophy is simple: Smart, happy people build amazing companies. With this as our guide, we are committed to hiring the brightest minds that have both a bold entrepreneurial streak and a strong work ethic. Also, we are committed to building a workplace that encourages true collaboration, communication, and respect. If we execute on these fronts, greatness will come. Great people + great products = a great company.
If this makes sense to you, come join us! We offer competitive pay (salary and equity) and an excellent benefits package.