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AZA Spotlighted in News Story “‘Two Greeks and a Sheik’: AZA is Exhibit A for Litigation Boutiques”

HOUSTON – The story of the 20-year-old Houston commercial litigation boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing, or AZA, is told in a recent article from The Texas Lawbook highlighting the law firm’s rise and the trust its attorneys have earned from corporate clients. In the article, “‘Two Greeks and a Sheik’: AZA is Exhibit […]

Houston Law Firm AZA Earns Top Commercial Litigation Rankings from Chambers USA

HOUSTON – The Houston-based law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, and three firm partners are top-rated in commercial litigation in the just-released 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The Chambers USA profile of AZA describes the firm as a “rapidly growing boutique practice with an impressive […]

AZA Completes Sixth Trial of 2014 with Take-Nothing Win

HOUSTON – A Harris County jury has issued a take-nothing verdict for a Houston businesswoman who was sued over proceeds from allegedly fraudulent commercial property sales. The court victory marks the sixth trial completed by lawyers from the Houston law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, since the beginning of 2014. […]

AZA’s John Zavitsanos Provides Deposition Advice in National Publication

HOUSTON – Noted litigator John Zavitsanos, co-founder of Houston law firm Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos Alavi & Mensing PC, or AZA, says attorneys are mistaken when they urge a corporate client to hedge everything during the deposition process and never admit a single mistake. Mr. Zavitsanos, who has written and presented guidance on deposition-taking for years, […]

Houston Law Firm AZA Named Among City’s Largest Energy Practices by Houston Business Journal

HOUSTON – Commercial litigation boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has earned selection to the Houston Business Journal’s 2014 list of local law firms with the largest energy practices. The list, which appears in the April 25 issue, is based on the number of energy lawyers working in Houston-area firms. This […]

Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine Wins Federal Copyright, Trademark Battle in Houston

HOUSTON – A Houston area federal judge has ruled in favor of the publishers of Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine after finding that the magazine’s nameplate does not violate the copyright on a logo used by a similarly named fishing website. U.S. District Judge Gregg Costa last week tossed out a copyright claim filed by the […]

NY Judge Upholds Fraud Claims Against Wells Fargo, Fortis in $1.5 Billion Subprime Mortgage-Backed Securities Case

NEW YORK – A lawsuit filed by European bank LBBW Luxemburg S.A. over an alleged $1.5 billion subprime mortgage-backed securities fraud scheme cleared a significant hurdle last week when a federal judge denied the defendants’ extensive motions to dismiss. U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken let stand the fraud, breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation and […]

Houston Appeals Court Delivers Take-Nothing Judgment in Trade Secrets Case

HOUSTON – A Houston appeals court has cleared a group of defendants in a trade secret misappropriation case by overturning an earlier $4.4 million judgment and awarding a take-nothing judgment. Houston commercial litigation firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, successfully represented Milo Nickel and Michael LeBlanc, former executives of Plaintiff MBI […]

Houston Attorney John Zavitsanos Shares Punitive Damages Insights in April Webinar

HOUSTON – Accomplished Houston attorney John Zavitsanos, a founding partner of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, will be providing his insights on punitive damages in commercial litigation as a featured speaker during a continuing legal education (CLE) webinar coming up in April. The 90-minute webinar is scheduled for noon-1:30 p.m. CDT […]

AZA Attorney Sean Gorman Featured in Oil and Gas Investor Article on Rise of U.S. Shale Production

HOUSTON – The U.S. shale oil and gas production boom has boosted demand for the legal expertise needed to handle regulatory issues, property and mineral rights disputes, and other related matters, Sean Gorman, a partner at Houston-based Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, recently told Oil and Gas Investor magazine. The publication […]

Houston Jury Awards Tech Company $11.4 Million Over Competitor’s False Accusations to Government Agencies, Customers

HOUSTON – A Harris County jury has awarded $11.4 million to Houston technology company Function One Consulting Group L.L.C. after a competitor made false accusations of tax violations to Function One’s then-largest customer. The jury’s verdict includes $1 million in punitive damages based on the conduct of Function One competitor Accudata Systems Inc., which also […]

AZA Attorney Featured in National News Coverage of ‘Meritless’ Appeal to Texas Supreme Court

HOUSTON – Following her successful defense of a client in a 2011 non-compete case, AZA attorney Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher characterized the plaintiff’s petition for review by the Texas Supreme Court as “meritless” in a Feb. 19 story in the legal publication Law360, “Oilfield Co. Asks Texas Justices to Nix Ex-Worker’s Fee Award.” The article explores […]

Eight from Houston’s AZA Named to Texas Rising Stars Listing

HOUSTON – Eight attorneys from the Houston office of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, have been selected to the 2014 Texas Rising Stars list, which recognizes the state’s top young lawyers.Partners Steven J. Mitby and Tim Shelby, along with associates Jamie Alan Aycock, Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher, Tiffany N. Joudi, Chris W. […]

Former Continental Pilots File Class-Action Lawsuit Over Unfair Treatment by Union

HOUSTON – Six former Continental Airlines pilots who now work for the merged United Airlines have filed a class-action lawsuit against their own union today based on claims their seniority was unfairly stripped when the two airlines merged in 2010. The lawsuit accuses the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) of breaching its duty of […]

AZA, Firm Attorneys Rated Among Best in Commercial Litigation by Chambers USA

HOUSTON – The Houston-based law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has earned a coveted rating for its work in commercial litigation in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which also has recognized three firm attorneys as statewide commercial litigation leaders. AZA provides efficient, award-winning client […]

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