Seattle, WA - May 9, 2007 - Avvo, Inc. (www.avvo.com), an online company focused on helping consumers navigate the legal industry, today announced that former LexisNexis CEO Lou Andreozzi has joined Avvo's board of directors. In addition, Stanford Law Professor Deborah Rhode and former president of the American Bar Association and law firm veteran Robert Hirshon have joined the company's legal advisory board.
Andreozzi, Rhode and Hirshon bring to Avvo deep and diverse expertise in making the legal industry more accessible to consumers, and the dynamics of the legal marketplace. Although still in stealth mode while working toward a summer launch, Avvo, co-founded by Mark Britton, a 15 year lawyer and former general counsel at Expedia, last month announced a $10 million round of Series B financing from Ignition Partners and Benchmark Capital.
"Lou, Deborah and Bob have such incredible knowledge and experience in diverse areas of the legal industry," said Avvo CEO Mark Britton. "Their insights are invaluable to us as we continue to build our company. We're privileged to work with individuals who are recognized leaders in the legal field."
Recently named as Chief Executive Officer of Inference Data, an e-discovery software company, Andreozzi was president and CEO of LexisNexis North American Legal Markets, a $1.2 billion information and technology company, from 2000-2005. A veteran leader in the fields of business information and legal technology, Andreozzi also managed the Martindale-Hubbell division of LexisNexis from 1996 to 2000, where he led the migration to the Internet of the legal industry's pre-eminent print lawyer directory. Prior to that, Andreozzi was general counsel of LexisNexis. He received his BA from Rutgers University and his JD from Seton Hall School of Law. He also sits on the Seton Hall School of Law Board of Directors.
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. Professor Rhode received her BA from Yale University and her JD from Yale Law School. Her recent publications include "Access to Justice" and "In the Interests of Justice: Reforming the Legal Profession."
During Hirshon's term as president of the American Bar Association from Aug. 2001 to Aug. 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. From 1988 to 1993 he was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maine Law School. Hirshon received his BA from the University of Michigan and his JD 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.
Avvo is an Internet company dedicated to helping consumers better navigate the highly confusing legal industry. Founded in early 2006, Avvo is privately-held, with funding from private investors, Benchmark Capital and Ignition Partners. For more information, visit www.avvo.com.