Archive for 2021
Ten AZA Lawyers Make Super Lawyers List; Four Rank among Top 100 

HOUSTON – Ten AZA lawyers have earned recognition for 2021 by Texas Super Lawyers, and four have made the Top 100 list. AZA co-founders Joe Ahmad and John Zavitsanos are once again being honored among the top 100 lawyers in Texas for their noteworthy trial skills. Mr. Zavitsanos was chosen for his business litigation work and Mr. Ahmad was selected for his expertise in labor and employment law. Name partners Amir Alavi and Demetrios Anaipakos made the top 100 […]

AZA Ranked Among Houston’s 25 Largest Law Firms for 2021 

HOUSTON – AZA, which specializes in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property law, has made the ranks of the 25 largest law firms in Houston for 2021. The annual list by the Houston Business Journal is based on law firm surveys at the start of the year. AZA also ranked No. 6 among Houston’s largest intellectual property law firms. AZA’s strong showing among major […]

Three AZA Partners Make Lawdragon’s 500 Top Plaintiff Financial Lawyers List 

HOUSTON – Three AZA partners have earned the distinction of being named to Lawdragon’s list of 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America for 2021.    Founding lawyer John Zavitsanos and firm partners Demetrios Anaipakos and Amir Alavi were honored for their representation of plaintiffs in commercial litigation and intellectual property cases. Mr. Zavitsanos and Mr. Alavi were also recognized for their securities litigation work.   In announcing the 2021 list, Lawdragon’s editors […]

AZA Selected as a National Elite Trial Law Firm 2021 Award Winner  

NEW YORK CITY – Trial law firm AZA is being honored as a National Elite Trial Law Firm for the stunning federal jury verdict secured for a group of ER doctors being grossly underpaid by national managed care company Centene (NYSE: CNC).  The firm and lead lawyer John Zavitsanos were honored in the insurance liability […]

Twelve AZA Lawyers Ranked among US Best for Commercial, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury Litigation and Appellate Law for 2022 

HOUSTON – A dozen lawyers with AZA are being recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the nation’s oldest peer review guide to leading 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. Ford also earned honors for his work in personal injury litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and […]

Twelve Young AZA Lawyers Ranked among Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for 2022   

HOUSTON – A dozen lawyers with AZA are being recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America as among the top young attorneys in the U.S.   Twelve firm lawyers earned the special distinction as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, which recognizes leading lawyers in practice less than 10 years. Those honorees are Weining Bai, Cameron Byrd, Nathan Campbell, Justin Chen, Taylor Freeman, Shahmeer Halepota, Louis Liao, Kyril Talanov, Monica Uddin, Jordan Warshauer, Kelsi Stayart White and Patrick Yarborough. Messrs. […]

Vault’s 2022 Career Guide Puts AZA among Top 15 Midsize Firms in US, Top 5 in Texas

HOUSTON – AZA is ranked by the go-to career guide Vault among the nation’s top 15 midsize law firms to work for and among the top 5 midsize firms in Texas, based on surveys of law firm associates. The trial firm ranked No. 4 overall among Texas firms its size and for job satisfaction, and […]

AZA’s John Zavitsanos Interviewed on NPR About Office Opening During the Pandemic

HOUSTON – AZA co-founding partner John Zavitsanos was interviewed by NPR’s Morning Edition host A Martinez about AZA’s office opening and vaccination mandate policies in “Houston-Based Law Firm Insists That Employees Return To The Office.”    Mr. Zavitsanos was interviewed about AZA’s reopening early during the pandemic and why he finds Zoom calls and working from home don’t work as well for his […]

AZA’s 2020 Success Featured in New York Times Essay

This essay originally ran here in the New York Times as a guest essay on July 26, 2021 My Office Reopened at the Height of the Pandemic. We’ve Thrived.  By John Zavitsanos This March, my partners and I paid special bonuses to all employees at my law firm in the heart of Houston. Unlike at […]

AZA Named a Top Texas Patent Trial Firm for Seventh Year in a Row by Prestigious International IP Guide

HOUSTON – AZA, for the seventh consecutive year, has been named a top-level Texas patent litigation firm by London-based intellectual property publisher IAM.    AZA was rated top-tier, or gold level, with only five other Texas firms, three of them international Big Law firms. Three AZA partners were also recommended by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2021.    The new guide said of […]

Houston Jury Sends U.S. Insurance Companies a Strong Message on Behalf of Emergency Room Doctors 

HOUSTON – A Harris County jury awarded $19.1 million to a group of emergency room doctors in the first case in the nation to litigate emergency room physicians’ out-of-network pay from private insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act.  The jury awarded physician groups ACS Primary Care Physicians Southwest PA and Emergency Services of Texas, affiliates of non-party physician led TeamHealth, $1.58 million in actual damages and $17.5 million in punitive damages from Molina Healthcare of […]

AZA Recovers $5.1 Million After Four-Week Jury Trial  

GALVESTON – After four weeks in trial, AZA’s client, the daughter of a hardworking red snapper fisherman, agreed to a $5.1 million settlement in a probate dispute over revenue from her father’s fishing interests.   The settlement reached as jury deliberations were underway amounted to five-times actual damages against the defendants. The defendants had offered $0 to settle the dispute before trial.  “The handwriting was […]

AZA’s Rocker-Lawyer Foster Johnson Featured in Texas Lawbook

It seems mind-boggling that a one-time alt-rock musician would wind up a corporate defense lawyer. It’s that incongruity that inspired Texas Lawbook to interview AZA’s Foster Johnson, who performed in his own band for 10 years before practicing law.    In an article headlined “For AZA Musician-Turned-Lawyer, the Courtroom Is Just a Different Stage,” Mr. Johnson explains:  “There is a performance aspect in common, especially in front of a jury. The very best trial lawyers communicate and entertain. In […]

AZA Earns Prestigious Chambers USA Rankings for 2021 in Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property  

HOUSTON – Chambers USA, the prestigious independent legal guide, has ranked AZA among the top Texas law firms for both commercial litigation and intellectual property work. This year five of the firm’s lawyers are individually ranked as well, and firm co-founder John Zavitsanos earned a “Spotlight” ranking as one of only 21 top Texas trial lawyers listed.    […]

Case Against AZA Client Turkey Leg Hut Dismissed  

HOUSTON – A nearly $650,000 lawsuit against the Turkey Leg Hut restaurant and its co-owner and founder, Nakia Price, has been fully dismissed. All that remains of the case are $230,000 in counterclaims against the man who originally sued.   Ralph Thomas, a onetime business associate of Nakia Price in another restaurant before she founded the Turkey Leg Hut, […]

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