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Mark S Britton

Mark S Britton

also known as Avvo's Founder & CEO

This attorney is not accepting clients.

Reason: Not Practicing

About me


Thank you for visiting my Avvo Profile!  Avvo’s mission is to get consumers more information and better guidance regarding their legal issues.  And we’ve found that an important byproduct of this is that we get great lawyers massive amounts of new business.  It is truly a win-win for everyone involved.

Through this profile, I have received many eloquent and thoughtful emails from those Avvo has helped, both consumers and lawyers alike.  Please keep those emails coming.  I share them with the team and it makes all of the hard work worthwhile.  I’ve also received a flame mail or two, and I encourage you to keep those coming as well.  As long as it’s in the name of constructive feedback, I’m happy to listen and possibly even start a dialogue.

Considering that I haven’t really practiced law in the last decade, some have wondered (even publicly) why I have an Avvo Profile or an Avvo Rating.  It’s very simple:  Avvo profiles and rates every licensed attorney it can find, and I’m one of them.  If I were to walk into our research team and ask not to be profiled or rated, they would say “too bad!” – as they should.  I hope this puts some of the conspiracy theories to rest. ;-)

Thank you again, and I look forward to hearing from you.  You can see more of my musings on the Lawyernomics blog or in one of our upcoming webinars.  Also, don’t forget our annual Lawyernomics conference in Las Vegas where some of the brightest business minds come to teach lawyers how to be better marketers, business developers and, most importantly, listeners.








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Practice areas


  1. General Practice: 100%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Sharon W. Curtis

    As the founder of AVVO, Mark has invented a service that allows consumers to find attorneys to assist them as a result of the attorney's experience, training, qualifications and most importantly, as a result of their real life successes in helping former clients. For a solo practice criminal law attorney like me, it has saved me thousands of dollars in advertising by allowing former clients of mine to post on AVVO real life stories of how we worked together to achieve positive results in their cases and ultimately for their future. Thanks for caring about providing the best vehicle to allow people in need of legal services to find attorneys who care and will work hard and fight for their clients. You are the best!


    Sharon Curtis DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Steven M. Gursten

    I invited Mark to speak to a group of some of the nation’s finest trial lawyers last year. There were at least 30 former and current state trial lawyer presidents and 2 past presidents of the American Association for Justice in the room. Mark spoke for 3 hours, and he captivated the room with his excellent presentation. He spoke on how lawyers and the public are using the Internet, and on how the Internet is merging the practice of law and the business of law. Just as impressive was how gracious and helpful Mark was with the people he met before his seminar. Mark cares and it shows through his personal interactions with the people he meets. That brings me to Avvo. Mark has been instrumental in shaping Avvo and to me Avvo serves a very unique purpose. It's a quality control tool. It protects an otherwise unsuspecting public by distinguishing the lawyers who deserve recognition within the legal profession, and away from what has otherwise become the wild west of legal advertising.


    Steven Gursten Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Avvo, Inc.

720 Olive Way
Suite 1400
Seattle, WA, 98101


VAAuthorized to practice law199203/31/2016
DCInactive 199407/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal RebelAmerican Bar Association2009
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2009
Top 25 Innovator 2007Seattle Business Magazine2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers (Washington)2002
Chairman's Award for ExcellenceU.S. Securities and Exchange Commission1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Member, Board of DirectorsOrbitz Worldwide2011 - Present
CEO and PresidentAvvo, Inc.2005 - Present
Adjunct Professor of FinanceGonzaga University, Florence Italy2005 - 2005
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Corporate AffairsIAC Travel / Expedia, Inc.2003 - 2004
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and SecretaryExpedia, Inc.1999 - 2003
Partner-Elect / AssociatePreston Gates & Ellis LLP1997 - 1999
Senior Counsel / Attorney-AdvisorU.S. Securities & Exchange Commission1994 - 1997
AssociateMuldoon, Murphy & Faucette1993 - 1994
AssociateThe Stoppelman Law Firm1992 - 1993
BailiffSpokane County District Court1989 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Pro Bono and Legal Aid CommitteeMember2009 - Present
Bertschi SchoolMember, Board of Trustees2008 - Present
Gonzaga UniversityMember, Board of Regents2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
International Journal of Revenue ManagementMember, Editorial Board2005 - Present Legal Technology BlogContributing Author2009 - 2010
Interactive Travel Services AssociationMember, Board of Directors2000 - 2004
Solid GroundMember, Board of Directors1998 - 2001
Publication nameTitleDate
Shareholder Proposal Handbook -- Practice Pointers from ExpertsShareholder Proposals and Newly Public Companies2002
Docket - American Corporate Counsel AssociationOnline Shareholder Activism: How to Guard Against Its Fallout2002
Corporate Governance AdvisorElectronic Stockholders’ Meetings — Delaware Begins the Next Chapter2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Gonzaga UniversityFinanceBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WTIA Technology in Focus SeriesWEB 2.0 and Beyond - Unmasking the Future2008
MIT Enterprise ForumThe Business of Personal & Public Data: Creating Value and Protecting Privacy2008
Drilling Down on Local '08Vertical Leaders2008
Northwest Entrepreneur Network Venture SeriesKeynote Speaker - Avvo and Expedia: Doing the Same Thing...Differently2007
American Lawyer Media WebinarGetting Found on the Web: How Lawyers Can Leverage User-Generated Content and Other New Internet Tools to Attract Clients2007
University of Washington MBA ProgramExpedia v. Priceline Case Study2004
Puget Sound Business ForumKeynote Speaker - Expedia: Concept, Design, Implementation. The World’s Largest Online Travel Company2004
U.S. Department of TransportationHearing on Computer Reservation System Regulations2003
VariousWhile General Counsel for Expedia, Inc., frequent conference panelist on various legal and business topics, including mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, corporate governance, privacy, antitrust, etc.N/A