The Avvo Team
Mark Britton is the founder, CEO and president of Avvo.
Prior to founding Avvo, Mark was the executive vice president of Worldwide Corporate Affairs of InterActiveCorp Travel (IACT) and Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE). In this position, Mark oversaw all finance, strategy, corporate development, legal, human resources and government relations functions for the IACT companies, including Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Classic Custom Vacations and Interval International. He was also Expedia's first General Counsel.
Prior to joining Expedia, Mark was an attorney and equity partner-elect of the law firm Preston, Gates & Ellis LLP (now K&L Gates). In addition to Preston Gates, Mark practiced law in a small and medium-sized law firm and served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Today, Mark serves on the Board of Directors of Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: OWW).
Through his work with Avvo, Expedia and Orbitz, Mark has been a central figure at the intersection of the Internet and professional services for over a decade. Mark's passion for helping consumers make better choices regarding legal professionals led to him being named one of Seattle's "Top 25 Innovators" by Seattle Business Magazine in 2007. Mark is also a frequent commentator on consumer issues, regularly appearing on programs such as ABC's Good Morning America, Fox Business' "America's Nightly Scoreboard," CNBC's "Power Lunch," CNN Money and Dow Jones MarketWatch.
Mark received his law degree from George Washington University. He holds a degree in finance from Gonzaga University and serves on Gonzaga's Board of Regents.
Sendi Widjaja is the co-founder and the chief technology officer of Avvo. In this role, Sendi oversees all product development, engineering, and IT operations.
Prior to joining Avvo, Sendi spent 10 years with Expedia, Inc. and Microsoft Corporation in various development and managerial roles. Most recently, Sendi was the senior director of development managing the development team for Expedia's well-publicized next-generation e-commerce platform. Prior to this, Sendi served as the group manager of Expedia's Hotel Systems Group. In this position, Sendi oversaw all program management, development, and test teams for Expedia's highest revenue channel and also oversaw the highly successful integration of the Expedia and Hotels.com inventory management systems and streamlining of their hotel supplier-facing systems.
Sendi holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Washington.
Josh King is vice president of business development & general counsel of Avvo. He is responsible for the company's business development, professional and government relations, and legal affairs. View Josh's Avvo Profile.
Prior to joining Avvo in October 2007, Josh was director of business development for Clearwire, where he acquired new markets that expanded the wireless broadband company's market reach to include tens of millions of potential new customers. Previous to Clearwire, Josh was vice president, corporate development at AT&T Wireless, where he led much of the company's mergers and acquisitions work and was instrumental in the $46 billion sale of the company to Cingular, the largest cash transaction in history. Josh has also worked as general counsel for Cellular One of San Francisco and as a litigation attorney.
Josh earned a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law and a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon.
Leigh McMillan is the Vice President of Marketing overseeing Avvo's marketing, communications and business unit management.
Prior to joining Avvo, she spent a number of years at Marchex, a leading call advertising provider, most recently as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company's Call Analytics business. Before joining Marchex, Leigh held leadership positions at a number of technology companies including Pure Networks (acquired by Cisco), WildTangent, and RealNetworks, where she led the launch of several flagship products during her tenure. She also directed public affairs for Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners during their campaign for a new ballpark, which is now Safeco Field.
Leigh is a graduate of the University of Washington.
Sachin Bhatia is the Vice President of Product overseeing Avvo's product management and user experience.
Sachin has spent over 15 years in the internet business in various product, technical, and design roles. He started his career at Microsoft in the travel product group and arrived just in time to help with initial launch of Expedia.com. At Expedia, he was a founding member of the Expedia Labs team that focused on building next-generation travel products. He also drove Expedia's efforts to put traveler itineraries onto mobile devices and to make their shopping path more dynamic. In between 2 stints at Expedia, Sachin served a technical role at ViAir, a startup focused on powering mobile email for major phone carriers.
Sachin holds dual degrees in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Washington.
Jason is vice president of sales for Avvo and responsible for sales and account management of all of Avvo's premium products and services.
Prior to joining Avvo in 2009, Jason held sales leadership positions with Adready and Jobster, as well as the successful public offerings of HouseValues, Primus and The Network Group. While VP of Media Sales for Jobster, Jason utilized an exclusive partnership agreement to be one of the first companies to monetize Facebook. By selling custom group pages and extensive paid advertising to employers seeking recent college graduates, Jason worked with brands like Boeing, Oracle and 4 of the big 5 accounting firms to develop a recruiting presence and talent network on Facebook. While at HouseValues, Jason managed the launch of the Mortgage division and grew sales from $0 to $10MM in run rate within the first six months of existence.
Jason studied Business and Theatre Arts at California State University, Northridge.
Board of Directors
Rich Barton is co-founder and Executive Chairman of Zillow.com. He served as Chief Executive Officer from 2005, when the company was founded, until September 2010 when he passed the baton to Spencer Rascoff. Before co-founding Zillow, Rich founded Expedia.com, the world's largest online travel agency. Expedia was started within Microsoft in 1994, and then spun out in 1999 as a public company; Rich served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Director until 2003. Rich also co-founded and serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Glassdoor.com, where you can rate and review your company or job interview or see how your salary stacks up; and TravelPost, a travel review and social networking site set to re-launch later this year. Rich is also a venture partner at Benchmark Capital in Menlo Park and on the boards of directors at Netflix, Avvo, RealSelf.com, and CommonSenseMedia.Org.
Rich holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.
Prior to founding Ignition, Brad was a senior vice president at Microsoft, where he served as a member of Microsoft's nine-person executive committee. Responsible for driving all aspects of the Windows businesses, he grew Windows from a $50 million business to a more than $3 billion business. In 1995, for his leadership of Windows 95, Brad was named PC Magazine's "Person of the Year." He led the Internet turnaround at Microsoft and was responsible for Microsoft's Internet platform, including Internet Explorer. In addition, he managed Microsoft's developer and Office divisions before retiring from Microsoft in 1999.
Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in Computer Science from Brown University, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.
A veteran leader in the fields of information services and web technology, Lou is chairman of Bloomberg Law, an online legal research platform and president and CEO of IQNavigator, Inc, a services procurement and workforce software platform.
Prior to IQNavigator, Lou was president and CEO of LexisNexis North American Legal Markets, a division of Reed Elsevier. While managing the $1.2 billion information and technology company, Lou was the driving force behind the development and growth of some of the legal industry's most prominent online tools and services for lawyers and consumers. Before that, Lou was general counsel of LexisNexis. Lou also served as CEO of Inference Data, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of solutions for legal search and data analytics-driven assessment.
Lou received his B.A. from Rutgers University and his J.D. from Seton Hall School of Law. He also sits on the Seton Hall School of Law Board of Directors.
Mark Britton serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Legal Advisory Board
Lisa Bloom is the founder and managing partner of The Bloom Firm, a civil and criminal general practice law firm. Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts of California and New York, Lisa partners with local attorneys nationwide to bring justice to clients all over the U.S. Ms. Bloom is a television legal analyst and the former anchor of Lisa Bloom: Open Court – a two-hour live legal news program on Court TV. A New York Times bestselling author, Lisa is the author of two books, Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World, and Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness and Thug Culture.
Lisa received her B.A. from UCLA and her J.D. from Yale Law School.
The Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, Rhode is one of the nation's leading scholars in the field of professional responsibility and a staunch advocate of making the legal profession more accessible to consumers. A regular columnist for the National Law Journal and a prolific author of articles and books on the regulation and reform of the legal profession, she is the founding director of Stanford University's Center on Ethics. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1979, she was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Her recent publications include "Access to Justice" and "In the Interests of Justice: Reforming the Legal Profession."
Deborah received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.
During Hirshon's term as president of the American Bar Association from August 2001 to August 2002, he focused on making the legal profession more accessible to consumers, particularly those with lower incomes. During his presidency, Hirshon was spokesperson for the world's largest professional association and led the legal profession's response to 9/11 and its assessment of corporate governance issues. He also took part in negotiations with the SEC and Congress, including discussions relating to Sarbanes-Oxley and the USA Patriot Act. Hirshon has 30 years of experience as a practicing attorney representing individuals, corporations and associations. He is currently the Frank G. Millard Professor from Practice at University of Michigan Law School, and from 1988 to 1993 he was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maine Law School.
Bob received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. He has also received honorary degrees from Suffolk University School of Law, Willamette College of Law and the University of Denver School of Law.
Williams is a partner at The Williams Law Firm in Irvine, CA and serves on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Bar Association. His practice focuses in the areas of complex business litigation with emphasis on environmental, real estate, land-use and computer matters, their respective insurance coverage and related tort issues. He also handles corporate and commercial matters.
The author of the popular law blog, "May it Please The Court" and recent book "How to Get Sued," Williams is also co-host of the "Lawyer to Lawyer" weekly radio program on Legal Talk Network. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa School of Law and frequent lecturer at other law schools and CLE programs. He has won numerous awards for his writing and contributions to the legal profession.
Craig received his B.S. from James Madison University and his J.D. from the University of Iowa.