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AZA Named Among Best-Performing Law Firms in IPR Patent Work Nationally

HOUSTON – AZA has been ranked the 12th best-performing law firm in the nation in a study of more than 900 law firms active in inter partes review (IPR) patent cases over the past five years. The analysis was conducted by Patexia Inc., a global community of intellectual property professionals. Patexia used federal databases to […]

Texas Super Lawyers Again Honors Seven AZA Lawyers; Three Are Top 100

HOUSTON – Seven lawyers with the commercial litigation firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, earned selection to the 2019 Texas Super Lawyers listing. AZA founders Joe Ahmad and John Zavitsanos are recognized again among Super Lawyers’ Top 100 attorneys both in Texas and in Houston. Partner Demetrios Anaipakos is again listed […]

Eleven AZA Lawyers Named Among Nation’s Best for Commercial, Intellectual Property Litigation and Appellate Law

HOUSTON – Eleven lawyers with Houston trial law firm AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., won national recognition in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. That includes 75 percent of AZA partners. AZA partners Joe Ahmad, John Zavitsanos, Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi, Todd Mensing, and Tim Shelby were all […]

Vault Puts AZA Among Top Five Midsize Firms for Job Satisfaction, Work Quality

HOUSTON – AZA is ranked among the nation’s top five midsize law firms for quality of work and job satisfaction, and among the top 10 for compensation and other key qualities by Vault, based on surveys of law firm associates. Vault, which provides ratings of thousands of employers, just released its 2020 law firm ranking […]

Texas Lawyer Magazine Again Names AZA Litigation Department of the Year

HOUSTON – AZA was once again named by Texas Lawyer magazine as the best boutique-sized litigation department in Texas. The firm won the title Litigation Department of the Year in 2015 and won a specialty practice award from the magazine in 2017. AZA won the 2019 Litigation Department of the Year award for firms with […]

International IP Guide Honors AZA Among Top Texas Patent Trial Firms for Fifth 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 publisher IAM for the fifth consecutive year. “AZA is a firm of top-notch patent litigators who excel at trial work – when they get up to handle witnesses […]

AZA Again Ranked Among Top 10 Houston Intellectual Property Law Firms for 2019

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is again on the Houston Business Journal’s list of leading Houston intellectual property law firms. The HBJ law guide article, 2019 largest Houston-area intellectual property law firms, reports that AZA ranks seventh. AZA has 16 lawyers in its IP stable, including experienced trial lawyers […]

Barratry Suit Over Deepwater Horizon Spill Victims Dismissed

HOUSTON – A Harris County district judge has granted a motion for summary judgment that dismissed the last plaintiffs from a barratry case filed two years ago against several Houston lawyers accused of improperly soliciting victims of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. That means the lawsuit is finally gone, […]

AZA Hosts 1st Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner for Friends and Family

HOUSTON – The litigation boutique AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Alavi, & Mensing P.C., held its 1st Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner May 21 for friends and family at the firm’s downtown Houston offices. Iftar is the evening meal Muslims enjoy as they end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. Though many law firms celebrate Christian holidays, […]

AZA Associate Neal Sarkar Wins 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas Award

HOUSTON – The Texas Young Lawyers Association has selected AZA commercial litigator Neal Sarkar as Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas for 2019. Mr. Sarkar will be presented the award in June at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Austin. Each year the young lawyer’s organization honors one top attorney for professional proficiency and […]

AZA Co-Founder Joe Ahmad Honored by the South Asian Bar Association

HOUSTON – Joe Ahmad, partner and co-founder of AZA, was honored with a Distinguished Member Award at the South Asian Bar Association of Houston’s 2019 gala. He was honored for his distinguished career at the groups’ annual charity gala May 11 at the St. Regis Hotel. Mr. Ahmad is known for his courtroom prowess, his […]

Prestigious Chambers USA Ranks AZA Among Top Texas Commercial Litigation Firms Sixth Year In A Row

HOUSTON – For the sixth 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 the Chambers USA guide, with four of the firm lawyers recognized individually for their legal prowess. AZA lawyers were described in the 2019 edition as […]

AZA Associate Neal Sarkar Named 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer in Houston

HOUSTON – AZA commercial litigator Neal Sarkar has been selected as the 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Houston Young Lawyers Association, a decades-old organization known for its community involvement and leadership. Each year the Outstanding Young Lawyer award recognizes an attorney in the Greater Houston area who best demonstrates professional proficiency, service to the […]

Former AZA Partner Fletcher Featured on Cover of National Lawyers Magazine

HOUSTON – Former AZA partner Lizzie Fletcher, now a U.S. Congresswoman from Texas’ 7th District, was featured on the cover of the Spring 2019 edition of Best Lawyers’ Business Edition in a story about her path from litigator to legislator. In the article “In-House Counsel,” Ms. Fletcher discussed her career move from Big Law to […]

AZA Associates Win Take-Nothing Judgment Plus Legal Fees in Settlement Funding Dispute

HOUSTON – Associates at Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C, or AZA, won a case against the largest U.S. purchaser of structured settlements, securing a take-nothing judgment plus $629,000 in legal fees for their defendant client. The 10-year-old case was whittled down to a bench trial over the attorneys’ fees structured settlement giant Peachtree […]

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