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We founded Avvo to empower you to make smarter, more confident legal decisions — in other words, to have no legal fear.

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Our Story

Avvo was founded in Seattle, Washington in 2007 by Mark Britton, a former Expedia executive. While teaching in Italy, Mark was contacted by many friends and relatives seeking his advice on legal issues and recommendations on attorneys to hire. He believed a better solution was to combine reliable legal information and transparency with the accessibility that technology enables. And so, with the help of Sendi Widjaja, one of Expedia's top development managers, Avvo was born. Our name pays homage to these origins: "Avvo" is short for "avvocato," the Italian word for lawyer.