Our Story

Why we developed legal software for in-house counsel

Legal operations software built by business and technology experts.

Built by the original in house lawyers and tech experts who helped grow GoDaddy into a billion-dollar company, our project and contract management solution helps you save time and make money. Why are we the leaders in workflow automation? Because we have more than seventy years of combined business and legal technology experience working for Fortune 500 companies, law firms, technology companies, government agencies, and nonprofits. Our legal operations software is proved through trial and error in many different settings over many years.

Practical experience matters.

Owners Christine Jones and Tanya Avila created ways to overcome the contract and project management pain points that prevented their clients’ success. They lived the frustration of manual processes like searching through thousands of emails or creating standard documents from scratch. Likewise, they know the burden of searching for misplaced documents. They struggled with managing their workforce with complicated excel spreadsheets that rarely hit the mark. They understand the time and money teams waste on expensive, clunky software that is big on promises and short on solutions. Rather than continuing to invest in time-consuming manual processes and dust collecting shelfware, they took action. They came up with their own legal operations and contract management solutions that helped their clients improve and successfully grow their businesses. Bigfork Tech focuses on innovative, practical workflow and productivity solutions.

 

Innovative solutions for real-life workflow problems.

Team Bigfork Tech understands the keys to success are innovative solutions that not only save time and money but also foster seamless internal and external collaboration so a company can readily scale and expand its footprint.

Bigfork Tech’s legal automation software, ALOE, is the only fully customizable contract lifecycle management and project workflow solution that you will actually use. Unlike others, it adapts to the way you work rather than the other way around. ALOE is easy to use with immediate time, money, collaboration, and risk management benefits to you and your team. Moreover, ALOE consolidates all your contract and project management needs on one simple platform by including project tracking, contract and matter management, secure document storage and metrics reporting. ALOE empowers you to manage your business in a way that works for you.

Team Bigfork Tech continues to innovate and provide solutions that are responsive to your needs. We deliver a complete solution that saves more than ten hours per person per week. You will walk into C-suite meetings with proof of success in hand. At Bigfork Tech, we remain true to our innovative beginning and channel our combined expertise to maximize profits and success for you.

The Three Redheads Changing the Look of Workflow Automation and Legal Operations

Christine Jones

Chief Executive Officer
Founder/Principal

Christine is the former Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for GoDaddy. Christine has been a leader in the fight to make the Internet better and safer for users. In particular, children. She has testified numerous times before Congress and helped push through numerous bills such as the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act, the Protect Our Children Act, and the Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act. Because she is an early leader in technology law, she has a unique understanding of the context and history of where we started. As a result, she knows where we need to go on privacy, cybersecurity, network security/ stability, and other critical infrastructure issues. Currently semi-retired, Christine spends her time as a policy enthusiast, philanthropist, occasional republican political candidate, and entrepreneur. She is always looking for a way to serve.

Tanya Avila

Tanya Avila

General Counsel
Founder/Principal

After starting her legal career at a little known internet company (GoDaddy.com), Tanya moved to Austin, TX. As a result of her tech expertise, she made a habit of being the first in house counsel for start-up/high growth technology companies. Throughout her career, Tanya has focused on integrating legal strategy, operational efficiency, and business sense into the role of the legal department in growing technology companies. She graduated from Arizona State University and ASU College of Law. Tanya is also a member of the Arizona and Texas state bars. In her spare time, she watches HGTV, blogs about the inner workings of the in house legal department (InHouseOutTakes.com), and enjoys spending time with the future boy band, “The Avila Boys”, aka her sons.

Maria Syms

President and COO
Principal

Maria started her career as a new lawyer in the early nineties at a prestigious, international law firm where she was given a clunky WANG computer that was far from “user-friendly”.  Over the course of her 25-year legal career, Maria has ridden the technology wave (both good and bad) and understands how the right technology can be used to create value and grow your business.

Maria has practiced in both the private and public sectors, serving as a partner in a law firm representing multinational corporations, an Assistant United States Attorney and an Assistant Attorney General.   The consistent challenge in every legal setting is how to do more with less and she often finds the answer in technological advancements.

Maria understands firsthand how technology can be leveraged to create efficiencies that help companies grow their bottom line.  Prior to joining Bigfork, Maria was an Arizona lawmaker serving on the Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives where she was instrumental in passing legislation to set up a fin tech sandbox to attract business development.  She also sponsored and passed laws to strengthen criminal penalties against online sexual predators.  The Arizona Technology Council recently recognized Maria as a strong and supportive leader advancing the technology industry.

Maria holds a Master’s degree from Harvard, a law degree from American University and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College.  She is admitted to the bar in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Maryland and D.C.  When not helping clients with their legal tech needs, Maria spends time with her husband Mark, an ear surgeon, and their three fun and talented children Matthew, Meredith and Marinna. Standard poodle Maizie rounds out their M&M family.