Archive for 2014
Houston Litigation Boutique AZA Earns National Best Law Firms Ranking

HOUSTON – The Houston commercial litigation firm AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, is being recognized as one of the country’s Best Law Firms for the third time by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America. AZA, renowned for its courtroom success, earned a place among the top tier of Houston […]

Houston’s AZA Wins Client Choice – Texas IP Law Firm of the Year Honors

HOUSTON – The Houston law boutique AZA, or AZA, has been named the 2014 Client Choice – Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year in Texas by the firm’s clients and the publishers of Global Law Experts, a London-based international guide to leading attorneys. This is the second year in a row AZA has earned […]

Two AZA Lawyers Named to Who’s Who in Energy

HOUSTON – Two accomplished trial lawyers with the Houston-based complex commercial litigation boutique AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, have earned selection to the “Who’s Who in Energy” list of energy industry leaders in seven major U.S. cities. AZA partners John Zavitsanos and Todd Mensing were selected to the exclusive listing compiled by the editors […]

Newspaper Report Focuses on Volunteer Firefighter Death Case

HOUSTON – The case of a Houston-area volunteer firefighter who was needlessly killed in a 2012 training exercise is the focus of a recent Houston Press cover story headlined, “When a Lesson Took a Dangerous Turn, a Room Full of Firefighters Couldn’t Save Neal Smith.” The story chronicles the death of Capt. Neal Wade Smith, […]

Air Liquide Awarded Damages, Attorneys’ Fees and Injunction in Contract Dispute

HOUSTON – Houston-based Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP prevailed on all claims in a Fort Bend County jury trial where the company collected $1.7 million from a customer that had sued seeking damages in a contract dispute. Attorneys at AZA, or AZA, defeated a claim by NRM, a Texas industrial recycling and manufacturing company. […]

Eight from Houston’s AZA Law Firm Earn Spots on Texas Super Lawyers List

HOUSTON – Eight lawyers from the Houston commercial litigation boutique AZA, or AZA, earned selection to the 2014 Texas Super Lawyers list of the state’s top attorneys. AZA name partners Joseph Ahmad and John Zavitsanos are also listed among the Top 100 lawyers in Texas. They, along with partners Demetrios Anaipakos and Todd Mensing, earned […]

AZA Client Elite Air Freight Wins Trial Without Presenting Evidence

HOUSTON – A state district court judge dramatically ended an ongoing jury trial last week by tossing out a lawsuit filed by a “turnaround specialist” who claimed he was due a success fee that would have yielded more than $3.2 million from Houston-based freight-forwarder Elite Air Freight Inc. Houston litigation boutique AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos […]

Eight Lawyers from AZA Named Among Nation’s Best for Commercial, Patent Litigation

HOUSTON – Eight lawyers from the acclaimed Houston litigation boutique AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, are being recognized in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America based on their work in commercial litigation and patent litigation. AZA attorneys Joseph Ahmad, John Zavitsanos, Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi, Todd Mensing, Sean Gorman, Tim Shelby […]

AZA Client Wins Dismissal in Multimillion-Dollar Breach of Contract Lawsuit

HOUSTON – An investment banker represented by the Houston litigation boutique AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, recently won the dismissal of a multimillion-dollar breach of contract and fraud lawsuit after a federal judge found that the company bringing the case had no valid basis for the claims against him. Houston-based International Energy Ventures Management […]

AZA Partner Todd Mensing Elected to American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

HOUSTON – Houston attorney Todd Mensing, a partner in AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, has been elected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an elite group of the country’s leading judges and civil trial lawyers. ABOTA membership is by invitation only. Members are judged for, among other things, strong personal character, […]

Widow of Houston Area Volunteer Firefighter Who Died in Training Exercise Sues Trainers

BEAUMONT, Texas – The widow of a Houston area volunteer firefighter has filed a wrongful death and gross negligence lawsuit in Beaumont state court against several firefighter training groups and individuals for running a training exercise that led to her husband’s death in 2012. Penelope M. Smith filed the lawsuit on July 31 on behalf […]

Article Lauds AZA’s Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher for Superb Opening Statement

HOUSTON – Attorney Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher of Houston’s AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, delivered an opening statement to a jury in May that a respected Houston judge says is one of the best he’s ever heard, according to a recent article published by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas. Harris County […]

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Judgment for CITGO in Employee Race Discrimination Lawsuit

HOUSTON – The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has upheld a summary judgment in favor of CITGO Petroleum Corp. in a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by an employee who was fired for unprofessional behavior and threatening a co-worker. Attorney Monica Uddin of the Houston law firm AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & […]

Apache Corp. Sues Eagle Ford Oil Field Services Firms for Fraud

SAN ANTONIO – The Houston-based oil and gas company Apache Corp. has filed a lawsuit in Bexar County alleging massive fraud by a group of oil field service companies operating in the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Apache by Houston-based AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, is featured […]

Houston’s AZA Named Texas Powerhouse Law Firm by National Legal Publication

HOUSTON – Houston law firm AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, is one of only 13 in the state named a Texas Powerhouse by the legal news service Law360. “AZA now claims 31 of the city’s toughest litigators,” says Law360 in “Texas Powerhouse: Ahmad Zavitsanos.”  “Having developed a reputation over the last 21 years as […]


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