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Appellate Court Confirms AZA’s Successful Dismissal of Landry’s Defamation Suit over Caged Tigers in Houston

HOUSTON – The Texas 14th Court of Appeals upheld a judge’s dismissal of a defamation lawsuit filed by Landry’s Inc. restaurant chain and its Downtown Aquarium that claimed the Animal Legal Defense Fund defamed Landry’s by criticizing the treatment of four endangered white tigers kept at the aquarium. The appellate court found that Harris County […]

Dr. Steven Hotze and Two Brothers Win Take-Nothing Verdict in Family Business Dispute

HOUSTON – AZA lawyers secured a take-nothing jury verdict for well-known Houstonian Dr. Steven Hotze and two of his brothers, who were accused of fraud, securities violations, and breaching their fiduciary duties involving family business operations. The lawsuit was filed by two other Hotze brothers who alleged that nearly every transaction over the past four […]

Texas Super Lawyers Again Honors Nine AZA Lawyers; Two Are Tops in State

HOUSTON – All eight partners and one lawyer who is of counsel with the commercial litigation firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, have earned selection to the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers listing. Two of those lawyers rank among the top 100 attorneys in Texas. AZA partners and co-founders Joe Ahmad and […]

National Oilwell Varco Wins $12 Million After Discovering Ex-Employees’ Fraud

HOUSTON – A federal judge awarded $12.2 million to National Oilwell Varco (NOV) from three former high-level employees based in Dubai who participated in various schemes to defraud and siphon funds from the company. After receiving a whistleblower complaint through NOV’s internal compliance hotline, the global oilfield services company conducted a thorough investigation that ultimately […]

AZA Lawyers Named Among Nation’s Best for Commercial, Patent Litigation and Appellate Law

HOUSTON – Ten lawyers with Houston trial law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, won national recognition in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. AZA partners Joe Ahmad, John Zavitsanos, Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi, Todd Mensing, Steve Mitby, Tim Shelby and Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher, and of counsel David […]

Vault Ranks AZA Among Top Mid-Sized US Law Firms, Citing Work Quality, Hiring Selectivity

HOUSTON – AZA is ranked among the nation’s top mid-sized law firms and among the top 10 for quality of work and top 15 for hiring selectivity by Vault rankings. Vault, which just released its 20th law firm ranking guide to help law students and lawyers, included AZA in its “Top 150 Under 150.” This […]

AZA Meets Big Law Pay Scale Starting New Lawyers at $195k

HOUSTON – John Zavitsanos, a founding partner of Houston trial lawyer boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C. or AZA, announced today that the firm will match the $195,000 salary and bonus for new lawyers started by Big Law. But he said the cost to AZA clients will not go up. The added expense […]

AZA Has Many Houston Clients Among Nations’ Most Valuable Branded Companies

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has many clients among the Houston companies recognized on Brand Finance’s list of 500 Most Valuable American Brands for 2018. The Houston Business Journal reported on the Bayou City’s top brands in “Study: These Houston companies rank among America’s most valuable brands” and the […]

AZA Partner Tim Shelby Appointed to Texas State Bar’s Oil & Gas Jury Charges Committee

HOUSTON – Tim Shelby, a partner in Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, was appointed to a three-year term on the State Bar of Texas’ Oil & Gas Pattern Jury Charges Committee. The committee updates and revises the way the law is typically presented to juries in Texas trials and members must […]

International IP Guide Honors AZA Among Top Texas Patent Trial Firms for Fourth Year in a Row

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is recommended as one of the top patent litigation firms in Texas by London-based intellectual property magazine Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) for the fourth year now. “Litigation thoroughbred Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos has successfully resolved disputes across virtually all technologies, industry sectors and forums; its […]

AZA Partner John Zavitsanos Organizes Summit on Religious Freedom

NEW YORK – AZA founding partner John Zavitsanos helped organize leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States for a religious freedom summit focusing on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Turkey. Mr. Zavitsanos helped gather 30 Orthodox Christians who were guided by Archbishop Demetrios, head of the Greek Orthodox […]

AZA Ranked Again Among Top Texas Commercial Litigation Firms by Prestigious Chambers USA

HOUSTON – For the fifth year, Houston trial law boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has been named among Texas’ top general commercial litigation firms in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. AZA lawyers were described in the 2018 edition as “robust litigation specialists with a fast-growing reputation as a feared opponent […]

AZA Scores One of the Nation’s Top 100 Verdicts of 2017

HOUSTON – The National Law Journal and VerdictSearch rated AZA’s $41.6 Million jury win for client Prime Natural Resources in a Wellsure insurance dispute as one of the top verdicts nationally for 2017. The Harris County jury verdict in the breach of contract case was listed as the 46th largest in the U.S. The list […]

AZA’s Patrick Yarborough Elected to Houston Young Lawyers Association Board

HOUSTON – AZA lawyer Patrick Yarborough has been elected to the board of directors of the Houston Young Lawyers Association, which has nine elected positions. Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA) is Houston’s young professionals’ organization and specialty bar association founded in 1937. Membership includes law students, lawyers who are 36 or younger, or those in […]

AZA’s Cameron Byrd One of Just Six Associates Selected Nationally for Best Client Service

HOUSTON – AZA lawyer Cameron Byrd has been recognized with only five other law firm associates nationwide for providing superior service to clients in BTI Client Services All-Stars 2018. BTI Consulting Group interviewed more than 350 in-house counsel for feedback on attorneys who exhibited high-quality service through responsiveness and a heightened sense of their clients’ […]

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