Seattle, WA - February 19, 2008 - Avvo Inc. (www.avvo.com), the only website that rates and profiles every lawyer, today announced international law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has claimed the Avvo Profiles of all of its 225 Washington State–based attorneys. Davis Wright Tremaine claimed these profiles using Avvo's "Firm Claim" feature.
Avvo's Firm Claim feature allows multi-lawyer law firms to claim their lawyers' profiles in one easy step. Firms can then choose to have the individual attorneys or an administrator maintain the Avvo Profiles. Law firms can get more information about Firm Claim on Avvo.com or by emailing Avvo at email@example.com.
Claiming a profile on Avvo is free and enables attorneys to enhance their online presence with potential clients and search engines. Once an Avvo Profile is claimed, the lawyer or an administrator can update it with as much information as they want, as often as they want. Lawyers with claimed profiles may also endorse other lawyers, and can participate in Avvo Answers, a legal questions and answers forum that allows lawyers to demonstrate their expertise to potential clients and enhance their visibility on Avvo.com.
"It is not surprising that a forward-thinking law firm like Davis Wright Tremaine embraces Avvo. They are proud of their accomplished attorneys and understand the value of a free Avvo Profile that is seen by potential clients on a daily basis. We are honored by their support" said Mark Britton, Avvo CEO and a 16-year attorney who was previously general counsel at Expedia.com.
"Avvo offers consumers real insight into the attorneys they may be considering hiring by providing unprecedented access to important information online in a single location," said Dan Waggoner, Chair of the Communications, Media, & Information Technology Practice for Davis Wright Tremaine. "It is our firm's pleasure to participate in and support this effort."
"Avvo is empowering consumers and for the first time allowing them to publish opinions on attorneys they hire and discuss legal needs in an interactive public forum," said Mark Usellis, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Davis Wright Tremaine. "Avvo.com and other user-generated content and Web 2.0 sites are driving a new model for selling legal services. The increased visibility these sites deliver is a welcomed opportunity for our firm to showcase client satisfaction and service excellence."
To date, seventeen U.S. law firms have claimed Avvo Profiles through the Firm Claim process. The firms include Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg www.adduci.com, Amer Cunningham www.amer-law.com, Davis Wright Tremaine www.dwt.com, HoganWillig www.hoganwillig.com, Lipman & Wolf www.visawolf.com, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland www.ryanlaw.com, Savitt & Bruce www.jetcitylaw.com, Stanislaw Ashbaugh www.stainslaw.com, TroyGould www.troygould.com, Wallin & Klarich www.wklaw.com, Wisselman, Harounian & Assoc. www.lawjaw.com, and Ziff, Weiermiller, Hayden & Mustico www.zifflaw.com.
Avvo is a lawyer search website that rates and profiles every attorney to help consumers find the right lawyer. In addition to detailed lawyer profiles, the free site includes the Avvo Rating, disciplinary sanctions, client ratings, and the Avvo Answers questions and answers forum. Avvo gives every attorney a free online profile and an opportunity to give and receive peer endorsements. The website currently includes profiles and ratings on every licensed attorney in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington and will be adding more states in 2008. For more information, visit www.avvo.com.
About Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is a national business, litigation and regulatory law firm with more than 500 attorneys in nine offices: Seattle and Bellevue (Wash.), Portland (Ore.), Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C., Anchorage (Alaska) and Shanghai, China.