Archive for 2022
AZA Favorably Resolves Internationally Watched Case for Ben & Jerry’s 

HOUSTON – The board of directors of Ben & Jerry’s, the premium ice cream brand known for its social awareness, has successfully and confidentially settled a dispute with its parent company Unilever, a multinational consumer product company. The legal battle was over the billion-dollar brand’s corporate governance, including the licensing of Ben & Jerry’s products […]

AZA Wins Appeal to Keep Injured Client’s Case in Texas

HOUSTON – AZA won its appeal to keep a client’s personal injury claim in Houston, rejecting the defendant company’s effort to move the case out of state. The lawsuit involves a seaman who sued his employer over the unseaworthiness of the vessel he was working on and the lack of safety procedures and crew.  AZA […]

AZA Named to Best Law Firms List for 11th Year by US News – Best Lawyers  

HOUSTON – Trial law firm AZA is being recognized among the Best Law Firms in Houston for 2023 by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America. The selection marks the 11th time the firm has been named to the list.  “Absolutely my go-to firm for any high-stakes litigation. AZA is tough, […]

Five AZA Partners Named Leading Litigators in America 

HOUSTON – Lawdragon named five AZA partners to its list of Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America.  Firm co-founders Joe Ahmad and John Zavitsanos were named along with partners Todd Mensing, Jane Langdell Robinson, and Monica Uddin. Lawdragon said this list was “dedicated to those attorneys who excel representing principally corporations and other organizations in […]

John Zavitsanos Named Trailblazer by The American Lawyer 

HOUSTON – AZA co-founder John Zavitsanos was named by The American Lawyer magazine as one of the 2022 Trailblazers South for his jury wins in trials seeking fair insurance reimbursements for emergency room doctors around the nation.   The American Lawyer Trailblazers South is a special supplement spotlighting “a handful of individuals from each practice area […]

Nine AZA Lawyers On the Super Lawyers List; Two in Texas Top 100 

HOUSTON – Nine AZA lawyers earned 2022 recognition by Texas Super Lawyers for excellence in business litigation and appellate work.  AZA co-founders Joe Ahmad and John Zavitsanos were both listed among the Top 100 lawyers in Texas and in Houston. Mr. Zavitsanos, who was highlighted in the article “Going 20 for 20”  in Super Lawyers […]

Ten AZA Lawyers Ranked among US Best for Commercial, Intellectual Property, Appellate and Personal Injury Litigation for 2023 

HOUSTON – Ten lawyers with AZA are being recognized in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the nation’s oldest peer review guide to leading lawyers.   AZA partners Joe Ahmad, John Zavitsanos, Todd Mensing, Tim Shelby, and Sammy Ford IV were all rated for commercial litigation along with Of Counsels Shawn Bates and […]

Seven Young AZA Lawyers Ranked among Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for 2023      

HOUSTON – Seven lawyers with AZA are being recognized in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America as among the top young attorneys in the U.S.   Seven 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 […]

Joe Ahmad Named to Lawdragon’s List of 500 Top Corporate Employment Lawyers 

HOUSTON – AZA co-founding partner Joe Ahmad has been named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Corporate Employment Lawyers guide.  Mr. Ahmad is honored in the national 2022 list for his representation of executives in labor and employment litigation. The full list is here. Mr. Ahmad has for years been recognized nationally as one of the […]

AZA Represents Ben & Jerry’s in International Lawsuit Against British-based Parent Company

HOUSTON – The board of directors of Ben & Jerry’s, the premium ice cream brand known for its social awareness, has hired AZA to fight its parent company Unilever, a multinational consumer product company, over the licensing of the frozen treat brand in the West Bank and other issues.    The fight has gained international […]

Vault’s 2023 Career Guide Puts AZA among Top Midsize Firms in U.S. & Top 4 in Texas 

HOUSTON – AZA is ranked by the popular career guide Vault among the nation’s top midsize law firms to work for and among the top 4 midsize firms in Texas, based on surveys of law firm associates.  The trial firm ranked No. 4 overall among Texas firms its size. It was No. 13 nationally for […]

Retirement Planners of America Wins Large Arbitration Award Against Ex-Employee for Breach of Contract   

McKINNEY, Texas – A Collin County judge affirmed a $1.4 million arbitration award against a former employee who breached his contractual and fiduciary obligations to MMWKM Advisors, which does business as Retirement Planners of America (RPOA), a Plano-based investment advisory firm. Arbitrator Anne Ashby, a retired Dallas County judge, found that Philip Floyd had “solicited […]

Texas Lawyer Magazine Yet Again Names AZA Litigation Department of the Year 

HOUSTON – AZA was once again chosen by Texas Lawyer magazine as the best boutique-sized litigation department in Texas. This is the third time the firm has earned the honor in just the last eight years. AZA was named best Texas boutique litigation department in 2019 and in 2015. And in 2017, the firm won […]

John Zavitsanos Named to Lawdragon’s 500 Top Plaintiff Financial Lawyers List 

HOUSTON – AZA co-founding partner John Zavitsanos has been named once again to Lawdragon’s list of 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America.     He is honored in the 2022 list for his representation of plaintiffs in commercial litigation, intellectual property and securities litigation cases.    This year Mr. Zavitsanos has been honored nationally with […]

AZA Wins for Healthcare Clients Earn Top Verdict Rankings in Texas, US 

HOUSTON – AZA’s trial victories for underpaid emergency doctor groups earned recognition among the Top Verdicts for 2021 by the National Law Journal and Texas Lawyer.   Rankings are based on court records scrutinized by VerdictSearch, an affiliate of National Law Journal. AZA made the Top 100 list nationally with one case and earned a place […]


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