Archive for 2023
Jury Finds for Female Firefighter in Revenge Porn Case

HOUSTON – In a case that has already changed Texas sexual harassment law, a jury awarded $250,000 to a female firefighter whose supervisor obtained an intimate video made for her husband and secretly watched it for years.   The jury awarded $80,000 in actual damages for mental anguish, $50,000 in punitive damages and $120,166 in […]

Jury Says No Back Wages for Former First-Year Associate Pfeiffer 

HOUSTON – It took a Harris County jury only an hour, including lunch, to find that Justin Carl Pfeiffer, a former associate at the Houston firm of Berg & Androphy, was not owed any of the back pay he so contentiously claimed.   At trial, Mr. Pfeiffer demanded $50,000 in back pay. He claimed he was […]

 AZA Named for 12th Year to List of Best Law Firms  

HOUSTON – AZA is being recognized for the 12th year among the Best Law Firms in Houston by The Best Lawyers in America.  “Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing is one of the truly outstanding commercial trial firms in Texas and the U.S. They are always my first choice when the litigation matter is critical,” one AZA […]

Jury Refuses to Find Against Odessa Pumps; Awards It $2.4 Million

HOUSTON – A Harris County jury awarded AZA client Odessa Pumps $2.4 million in attorneys’ fees in a breach of contract case against GR Energy and its affiliates over a 2021 asset purchase. GR Energy sought approximately $30 million but took nothing. This is AZA’s 17th trial this year. In winning this case, it has […]

 Joe Ahmad Named a Lawdragon Leading Corporate Employment Lawyer 

HOUSTON – AZA co-founder Joe Ahmad was named by Lawdragon among the 2024 Lawdragon 500 Corporate Employment Lawyers.  He was cited for his expertise in labor and employment litigation, especially in executive representation. Lawdragon previously named Mr. Ahmad, along with eight other AZA lawyers, to the 2024 Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America  for his […]

Jury Awards AZA Client Mid Main $32.5 Million in Midtown Construction Case  

HOUSTON – In a complex six-week case involving the construction of Houston Midtown apartments, a Harris County jury awarded Mid Main Properties LLP $32.5 million.  The jury found that Patriot Contracting LLC, its owner and bond insurers Travelers must pay Mid Main. The award included about $17.5 million in punitive damages, $8 million in actual […]

Bancorp Sued for Forcing Pricey, Secret Insurance on Houston Apartment Complex 

HOUSTON – Representing the owners of a Houston apartment complex, AZA filed a lawsuit against the Bancorp Bank, accusing the bank of intentional bad faith in forcing the complex to have a $2.3-million-a-year insurance policy when it could have obtained a less expensive policy that still fully protected the bank’s interests.  The bank has refused […]

Ten AZA Lawyers Make 2023 Super Lawyers List; Two are Top in Texas 

HOUSTON – Ten AZA lawyers earned 2023 recognition by Texas Super Lawyers for excellence in business litigation, general litigation and appellate work.  Firm co-founders Joe Ahmad and John Zavitsanos were once again listed among the Top 100 lawyers in Texas and in Houston. Mr. Zavitsanos is listed for business litigation expertise. Mr. Ahmad, who writes […]

Judge Sanctions Lawyers, Client $525,000 and Orders Ethics Training 

HOUSTON – Harris County Judge Elaine Palmer issued a remarkable sanction of $525,000 against lawyers Michael D. Sydow, Chidi D. Anunobi and their client Iron Oak, a litigation management company. The judge also required that Messrs. Sydow and Anunobi must each take 10 hours of ethics CLE each year for the next five years. At […]

Nine AZA Lawyers Named 2024 Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators 

HOUSTON – Nine partners at AZA were named by Lawdragon among the 500 top litigators in the nation who they call “the advisors you want to send into battle.” Lawyers named in the 2024 Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America were selected based on journalistic research, submissions and vetting. This is its second edition “assessing America’s […]

AZA Co-Founders Honored as Best in Texas by Business Today 

HOUSTON – Joe Ahmad and John Zavitsanos, the co-founders of AZA, have been listed by the online news platform Business Today among the 10 best lawyers in Texas and Houston.  Just this week, Mr. Zavitsanos was named to a remarkable list of 2023 Top 10 Trailblazing Commercial Litigation Lawyers in Houston, Texas. “Recognized for their […]

Texas Lawyer Honors AZA on Watch List for Diversity and Appellate Practice

HOUSTON – Texas Lawyer recognizes AZA as a Texas firm that is thriving and “should be on everybody’s radar” both for its successful newly launched appellate practice and its diversity and inclusion.  “Texas Lawyer has recognized AZA as a litigation department of the year three times in various categories. We are pleased to see the […]

AZA Wins Dismissal of California Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against International Energy Company   

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A federal judge in California granted summary judgment for an international energy company represented by AZA in a $10 million offshore platform wrongful death case.   U.S. District Judge Fred W. Slaughter ruled that AZA’s energy company client had no liability for an offshore platform accident in which a platform worker fell […]

Twenty-Six AZA Lawyers Honored as Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch  

HOUSTON – Twenty-six AZA lawyers, more than half of all the attorneys in the litigation boutique, were honored in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the nation’s oldest peer review guide to leading lawyers.    Thirteen AZA lawyers were named Best Lawyers and another 13 were named as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, […]

Jason McManis Recognized for Intellectual Property Litigation Prowess by Benchmark Litigation  

HOUSTON – Benchmark Litigation has named AZA partner Jason McManis to the eighth edition of its 40 & Under, a guide to the nation’s most notable up-and-coming litigation trial attorneys.  Mr. McManis, the head of AZA’s intellectual property group, was cited for his intellectual property litigation skills. He has extensive experience in front of the jury […]

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