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Vault Career Guide Puts AZA among Top 20 Midsize Firms in US, Top 5 in Texas 

HOUSTON – AZA is ranked among the top 20 midsize law firms for 2021 by Vault, the widely respected career guide and job-ranking service that relies on surveys of law firm associates.   In Texas, the firm ranked No. 4 among midsize law firms. Nationally, the firm ranked 19th. As one of the best firms to work for, AZA made the top 10 list in the categories of career outlook […]

AZA Client FlexSteel Pipelines Wins Appellate Ruling on Jurisdiction Over Chinese Company 

HOUSTON – The Texas 14th Court of Appeals has ruled that AZA client FlexSteel Pipelines Technology Inc. can proceed to trial against a Chinese company and its Houston-based employee for theft of trade secrets. The appellate court found that a Harris County trial judge did not err by allowing a special appearance by China-based Changchun […]

AZA Trial Lawyers Among Nation’s Best for Commercial, Intellectual Property Litigation and Appellate Law for 2021 

HOUSTON – Twelve attorneys with AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., have earned recognition in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the nation’s oldest peer review guide to top lawyers.    AZA partners Joe Ahmad, John Zavitsanos, Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi, Todd Mensing, Sammy Ford IV and Tim Shelby were all rated for commercial litigation along with Of Counsel Shawn Bates. Mr. Mensing was also honored for his construction […]

Eleven AZA Associates Make US List of ‘Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch’ for 2021 

HOUSTON – Eleven associates with trial law firm AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., have been named to the list of “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” which honors attorneys for outstanding professional excellence early in their careers.    The honorees are Weining Bai, Cameron Byrd, Nathan Campbell, Justin Chen, Rey Flores, Justin Rowinsky, Neal Sarkar, Monica Uddin, Kelsi Stayart White and Patrick Yarborough, all selected for their commercial litigation […]

TeamHealth Emergency Physician Group Wins $9.4 Million Arkansas Jury Verdict for Underpayment by Centene Corporation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A six-person jury on Tuesday awarded a $9.4 million verdict on behalf of Southeastern Emergency Physicians, LLC, an affiliate of TeamHealth Inc., finding that Centene Corporation and Ambetter, Novasys and Celtic, its commercial insurance subsidiaries, systematically tried to strip the 120 emergency clinicians in the physician’s group of most of their […]

Prestigious International IP Guide Counts AZA Among Top Texas Patent Trial Firms for Sixth Year in a Row

HOUSTON – AZA, for the sixth consecutive year, has been named in the top Texas patent litigation law firms by London-based intellectual property publisher IAM.  Three AZA partners were also recommended by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2020. The new guide said of the AZA lawyers: “They keep the whole case in view and get great results. Its lawyers work […]

AZA Ranked Among Top 10 Houston Intellectual Property Law Firms for 2020

HOUSTON – AZA is again on the Houston Business Journal’s list of the top 10 Houston intellectual property law firms.  The HBJ’s 2020 list of the largest Houston-area intellectual property law firms (subscription required) recognizes AZA as the ninth–largest IP firm in Texas’ largest city.   AZA has 14 lawyers in its IP stable, including experienced trial lawyers and lawyers with technical backgrounds in chemistry, electrical engineering, software and biochemistry. […]

Judge Stops Specialty RTP Employee from Stealing Permian Basin Customers of FlexSteel Pipeline Technologies

HOUSTON – A state district judge has issued an injunction to stop spoolable reinforced thermoplastic pipe salesman Jeremy Joy at his new employer Specialty RTP, LLC from approaching certain existing and potential customers of Mr. Joy’s former employer FlexSteel Pipeline Technologies Inc.   This injunction is a response to a lawsuit charging Mr. Joy with breaching his contract with his former employer FlexSteel and using FlexSteel’s Permian Basin confidential customer information to try to lure them to buy instead from FlexSteel’s competitor, Specialty RTP.   […]

Sammy Ford IV is Named AZA Partner 

HOUSTON – Sammy Ford IV has been named a new partner at AZA.  A highly acclaimed lawyer, Mr. Ford has tried more than two dozen cases before judges, juries and arbitrators around the United States. He has successfully represented businesses and individuals, both plaintiffs and defendants, in a wide range of civil litigation including in cases worth more than $40 million.  “Sammy is a superb lawyer, bringing intelligence, creativity and deep experience to every […]

AZA Health Care Client Sees Administrative Judge’s Order Overturned 

HOUSTON – A federal district judge reversed an administrative law judge’s ruling that could have excluded an AZA health care client from participating in federal health care programs, including Medicare or Medicaid, for 15 years.    U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Edison granted the summary judgment motion AZA filed on its client’s behalf. He reversed the administrative judge’s exclusion order requested by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health […]

For Seventh Year, Prestigious Chambers USA Ranks AZA Among Top Texas Commercial Litigation Firms 

HOUSTON – For the seventh year, Houston commercial litigation and intellectual property boutique AZA has been named among Texas’ top general commercial litigation firms in the Chambers USA guide. Four of the firm lawyers are recognized in the 2020 edition individually for their legal prowess.  Partners John Zavitsanos and Todd Mensing are ranked for their general commercial litigation experience. Partner Demetrios Anaipakos is ranked for his intellectual property expertise, and partner Joe Ahmad is ranked for his labor and employment work for […]

Nine AZA Lawyers Earn 2020 Texas Rising Stars Accolades 

HOUSTON – AZA is proud to announce that nine of its attorneys have been named to the 2020 Texas Rising Stars list, which recognizes the state’s leading young lawyers.   For the fourth straight year, AZA associate Sammy Ford IV was named a “Top 100 Texas Up & Coming” lawyer for his business litigation skills. Also recognized in the business litigation practice area this […]

John Zavitsanos Earns Recertification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy 

HOUSTON – AZA co-founder John Zavitsanos has been recertified in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy after completing a rigorous review process. Mr. Zavitsanos is also board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The state and national certifications are awarded based on a review process that results in only a small percentage of lawyers earning certification. The national trial advocacy board’s screening criteria includes demonstration of substantial trial experience; submission of judicial […]

AZA Beats the Odds for Energy Company in Tragic Oklahoma Explosion  

McALESTER, Okla. – Following three weeks of grisly testimony about a tragic 2018 oil rig explosion that killed five, jurors nevertheless found that AZA client National Oilwell Varco (NOV) was only 10 percent responsible. The jury found other companies that had already settled out of the case for significant amounts were 90 percent at fault.  The devastating accident was the industry’s deadliest since the Deepwater Horizon explosion […]

International ‘Who’s Who Legal’ Honors Demetrios Anaipakos Among Top Litigators in Texas 

HOUSTON – AZA partner Demetrios Anaipakos has again been named by the international publication Who’s Who Legal as one of the top litigators in Texas.  Mr. Anaipakos was included among 18 high-level trial lawyers in Houston honored in the respected publication’s most recent listing. Established in 1996, Who’s Who Legal is an international listing of legal practitioners in business law. Those selected by […]

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