Avvo Expands Legal Database to Include Nine Additional States

World's largest online source of legal information now covers Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah and Vermont

Seattle, Wash — Avvo, Inc. (www.avvo.com), the world’s largest legal directory, announced today the availability of profiles and ratings for licensed attorneys in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah and Vermont.

With this release, attorneys who are licensed in multiple states and already have an Avvo profile can easily indicate their bar membership in one of the new nine states on their existing Avvo profile.  Lawyers in these new states, who are not currently in the Avvo database, can easily create their profile through a simple submission process. After Avvo validates and confirms the lawyer’s status with the appropriate state bar, the profile will be included in Avvo’s directory and search results.

Additionally, consumers searching for an attorney in these new states will now be able to access attorney profiles through Avvo.

“With the addition of these states, we are that much closer to reaching our goal of providing free online profiles and ratings for all licensed attorneys in the United States,” said Mark Britton, Founder and CEO of Avvo. “We’re excited to provide new opportunities for lawyers in these states to engage with the millions of consumers coming to Avvo each month seeking help with their legal matters.”

As a result of this expansion, people in these nine states have more information and better guidance to find the right lawyer in their area. They can utilize Avvo Answers, a free question and answer forum, to post specific questions – anonymously if desired – about legal issues, and receive personalized answers from attorneys practicing in their state.

Avvo profiles include the Avvo Rating – a sophisticated and responsible system that evaluates the lawyers’ background, body of work and disciplinary records. Avvo also displays client reviews submitted by consumers and peer endorsements submitted by attorneys.

In addition to attorneys creating or claiming their Avvo profiles on their own, they can utilize Avvo’s “Firm Claim” feature that allows multi-lawyer law firms to claim their lawyers’ profiles in one easy step. After claiming their profiles, attorneys or their administrators can update the Avvo profiles with as much information as they want, as often as they want. They can also endorse other lawyers in their network, participate in Avvo Answers and post legal guides specific to their practice area. Claiming an Avvo profile enables attorneys to further enhance their visibility and reputation online to attract new clients.

About Avvo

Avvo is the only free website that empowers consumers to handle their legal matters with confidence. Avvo offers ratings and profiles for every lawyer, as well as client reviews, peer reviews and attorney disciplinary records. Avvo also offers Avvo Answers, the world’s largest question and answer forum where people can ask real attorneys – anonymously if desired – any legal question and receive personalized answers. Additionally, Avvo Legal Guides are a resource of lawyer-generated best practices for consumers seeking guidance on their legal issues. The website currently covers 90% of the lawyers in the United States, including profiles and ratings for every licensed attorney in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin; and partial coverage in limited release states including Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Vermont and Wyoming. 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.