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Houston’s AZA Law Firm, 3 Name Partners Earn Benchmark Litigation Honors

HOUSTON – Three name partners from the Houston complex commercial litigation boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, are being recognized as Local Litigation Stars in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a national peer-review guide to attorneys. AZA also earned a recommended ranking in this year’s edition. Selected for their courtroom […]

Houston’s AZA Law Firm Defeats Key Motion in Federal Patent Case for Versata

AUSTIN, Texas – Lawyers with the Houston complex commercial litigation boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, have won a significant victory for Austin-based client Versata Software Inc. by defeating a key legal motion filed by accused patent infringer Zoho Corp. The win means Versata’s lawsuit will move forward. The ruling issued […]

Houston Litigation Boutique AZA Again Earns ‘Best Law Firms’ National Ranking

HOUSTON – The commercial litigation firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is being recognized for the fourth year among the nation’s Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America. Houston-based AZA, acclaimed as a boutique that can go head-to-head against much bigger law firms, […]

AZA Secures Victory for National Oilwell Varco in $120 Million Lawsuit

HOUSTON – A Houston federal jury this week returned a verdict in favor of National Oilwell Varco, L.P., (NYSE: NOV), finding no wrongdoing in an employment discrimination lawsuit filed by eight African Americans who sought $120 million in damages. Houston-based NOV, an oilfield equipment supplier, argued that these employees were not treated differently because of […]

AZA Partner Todd Mensing’s Cross Examination Advice Featured in National News

HOUSTON – Advice from Todd Mensing, a partner in of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C. or AZA, about effective cross examination was featured by national legal news service Law360. In the article “The 5 Worst Things To Do On Cross-Exam” (subscription required), Mr. Mensing told Law360 that difficult witnesses who try to dodge questions are a […]

AZA Co-Founder Joseph Ahmad Offers Tips on Courtroom Effectiveness in Interview with Law360

HOUSTON – Joseph Ahmad, founding partner of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C. or AZA, was interviewed extensively about his trial expertise for a story by national legal news service Law360 on how lawyers should handle themselves in the courtroom. In the article “The Art of Effective Body Language at Trial” (subscription required), several […]

Eight Lawyers with Houston Litigation Firm AZA Chosen for Texas Super Lawyers List

HOUSTON –Five name partners and three other lawyers with Houston litigation boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, have earned selection to the 2015 Texas Super Lawyers, a listing of the state’s top lawyers. Three partners, Joseph Ahmad, John Zavitsanos and Todd Mensing, also are being recognized among the top 100 lawyers […]

Former NOV Employee Convicted of Felony Theft by Houston Jury

HOUSTON – A jury has found former National Oilwell Varco, L.P., (NOV) employee Royce G. Binnion Jr. guilty of first-degree felony theft for a long-running scheme in which he submitted fake invoices to his employer to steal more than $1 million he either took in cash or used to buy himself an odd assortment of […]

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

HOUSTON – Nine lawyers from the nationally acclaimed Houston litigation boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, are being recognized in the 2016 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, […]

Houston Appeals Court Says Corporate Officer Not Responsible for Debt

HOUSTON – The Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas in Houston has found that a Harris County trial court erred by holding a corporate officer responsible for the debts of a failed local spa. In a July 23 opinion, a three-judge panel from the appeals court found that Francie Willis, a corporate […]

AZA Earns ‘Most Feared Law Firms’ Ranking in National Corporate Counsel Survey

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has again earned selection as one of the nation’s “most feared law firms” by a leading research group that conducts a comprehensive survey of corporate counsel at major U.S. companies. AZA and its team of talented trial lawyers were selected through an analysis conducted […]

AZA Listed Among 10 Boutiques ‘Giving BigLaw a Run for its Money’

HOUSTON – The Houston trial law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is one of only 10 boutique firms nationally that are being recognized by the legal news publication Law360 for successfully challenging the country’s biggest law firms. Law360 says the 2015 list of the country’s leading trial boutiques includes firms […]

AZA Named Among Top US Patent Firms in International IP Guide

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA is recommended as one of the top seven U.S. plaintiff patent firms by the London-based intellectual property magazine Intellectual Asset Management (IAM). The magazine’s guide to the world’s top patent lawyers in key jurisdictions also named AZA partner Amir Alavi a silver-level recommended Texas […]

AZA Again Ranked Among Top Commercial Litigation Firms in Chambers USA

HOUSTON – The Houston trial law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, again has earned recognition among the nation’s top commercial litigation firms in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In its Chambers USA profile, AZA is described by one client as a “very results-driven law […]

AZA Named 2015 Litigation Department of the Year by Texas Lawyer Newspaper

HOUSTON – In recognition of the firm’s trial successes in 2014, Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has earned selection as a Litigation Department of the Year for 2015  by the publishers of Texas Lawyer newspaper. The annual honor recognizes the Texas-based litigation groups that have excelled during the previous year based […]

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