Avvo Blasts New Ethics Opinions on Attorney Match Services

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New York has become the latest state to target attorney match service Avvo Inc. for ethical violations.

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  • John R. Bates

    The downhill spiral started four decades back with Bates v State Bar of Arizona, 433 US 350 (1977).

  • Matthew Siegel

    The problem with this article is that while it states that Avvo vouches for each participating lawyer‘s credentials, abilities and competence, it fails to set forth the actual criteria that Avvo employs. For example, if Avvo merely provides an attorney‘s areas of specialty, date of admission, years of practice, number of cases tried, the number and dollar amount of recoveries obtained, and the like, I see no real conflict of interest. However, if Avvo touts more subjective criteria and puffery, an ethical chill -- in the form of an improper referral fee -- might well be in the air!

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