Archive for 2022
AZA Wins Trademark Dispute for Illinois Youth Football Team

CHICAGO – Historic Chicago-area youth football program, Park Ridge Sports, Inc., took on disgruntled former board members to reclaim its trademarked team name of 55 years. Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing P.C. (AZA) swiftly overcame an inherited federal district court’s denial of a temporary injunction and built a strong case, forcing a settlement during trial and […]

AZA Will Cover Travel Costs for Reproductive Healthcare Not Available in State 

HOUSTON – Boutique trial law firm AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, will institute a program to reimburse employees for travel expenses incurred to access reproductive healthcare and pregnancy-related decisions as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.  Because AZA’s home state of Texas will no longer allow abortions and may […]

Jason McManis Named One of Five National Trial Rising Stars by Law360

HOUSTON – AZA partner Jason McManis, head of AZA’s intellectual property group, was named one of only five Law360 Rising Stars in the Trials category for 2022. He is featured in the article “Rising Star: Ahmad Zavitsanos’ Jason McManis.” Editors at the national legal news outlet reviewed more than 1,350 nominations for accomplished lawyers under […]

AZA Earns Prestigious 2022 Chambers USA Rankings in Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property   

HOUSTON – Chambers USA, the independent and prestigious legal guide, has ranked AZA among the top Texas law firms for both commercial litigation and intellectual property work yet again. Three of the firm’s lawyers are individually ranked as well.   Firm co-founder John Zavitsanos and partner Todd Mensing are ranked for general commercial litigation. Co-founder Joe […]

AZA Selected as a Finalist for National Elite Trial Law Firm 2022  

HOUSTON – Trial law firm AZA is being honored as a finalist for the National Law Journal’s National Elite Trial Law Firm awards for a series of jury wins around the country on behalf of emergency room doctors underpaid by insurance companies.   The firm and lead lawyer John Zavitsanos were honored in the insurance category. […]

AZA’s John Zavitsanos Named National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Attorneys Trailblazer 

HOUSTON – AZA co-founder John Zavitsanos was named by the National Law Journal as one of the “Plaintiffs’ Attorneys Trailblazers” for his jury wins in trials seeking fair insurance reimbursements for emergency room doctors around the nation.  NLJ’s Trailblazers is a special supplement spotlighting professionals who are “agents of change in their respective practice areas.” […]

AZA Beats Frivolous Anti-SLAPP Appeal in Construction Case 

HOUSTON – With criticism growing for how lawyers are abusing mid-case appeals, the Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals today found that a local court was correct to toss a contractor’s frivolous attempts to use Texas’ anti-SLAPP law to delay an impending trial setting. The case now headed back to the trial docket of the 113th […]

Zavitsanos One of Law360’s 10 National ‘Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar’ for Groundbreaking Healthcare Jury Trial Wins 

HOUSTON –John Zavitsanos, co-founder of AZA, was one of only 10 lawyers named as a “Titan of the Plaintiffs bar” by Law360 today for his recent groundbreaking healthcare jury wins. Mr. Zavitsanos was chosen for the work he’s done for client TeamHealth to seek fair insurance reimbursements for emergency room doctors around the nation. He’s […]

AZA Client Port of Houston Wins Over $22 Million Jury Verdict in Federal Court  

HOUSTON – A jury in U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes’ court returned a $22.32 million verdict for the Port of Houston in a breach of contract dispute with French merchant firm Louis Dreyfus Company. The dispute was over Louis Dreyfus’ refusal to do required upkeep on a portside grain elevator it rented from the government […]

Ten AZA Lawyers on Texas Rising Stars List for 2022 

HOUSTON – Ten AZA partners and associates were selected to this year’s Texas Rising Stars list of leading young attorneys, an honor based on peer nominations and independent research.   Earning recognition for business litigation were firm partners Taylor Freeman and Jason McManis, both on the list for five consecutive years, and associates Cameron Byrd, […]

AZA Expands Sexual Harassment Protection in Major Appellate Win against City of Houston 

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, in reversing a hostile work environment summary judgment order in a Houston firefighter’s case, set two new precedents in hostile work environment cases.   In Melinda Abbt v. City of Houston, the panel found the firefighter did not need to experience harassment in real time for […]

AZA Energy Sector Client Sees Lawsuit Dismissed  

HOUSTON – AZA’s client, one of the world’s largest oilfield services companies, saw plaintiffs drop their multimillion-dollar catastrophic personal injury case against it after AZA filed a summary judgment motion on the client’s behalf.   The case stemmed from a 2019 accident in which a roofing contractor fell through a skylight while performing repair work […]

Daryl Moore and AZA Win Two SCOTX Victories in Cases Argued the Same Day 

AUSTIN – The Supreme Court of Texas today handed AZA’s Daryl Moore two victories for client the City of San Antonio in immunity cases he argued back-to-back to the court in the fall of 2021.  Both cases filed against San Antonio involved the immunity of law enforcement officers under the Texas Tort Claims Act and […]

Flores and McManis Named AZA Partners 

HOUSTON – Rey Flores and Jason McManis have been named partners in the AZA law firm.  Mr. Flores is a trial lawyer and combat veteran who brings to the courtroom the same focus, creativity and will to win that he displayed during his time on active duty with the U.S. Army.   Mr. McManis is a skilled trial lawyer who helps individuals and businesses navigate […]

AZA Newsletter Celebrates Trials, New Lawyers, National News and More

HOUSTON – In our January 2022 newsletter, AZA shares news of the grand finale to a 13-trial year, six new lawyers hired, two new partners named, national media attention on two occasions and more.  In the January 2022 issue of Pro Se!, the AZA newsletter available here, AZA first discusses how a busy year of […]

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