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US Appeals Court Upholds Verdict for National Oilwell Varco in $120 Million Suit

HOUSTON – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has upheld a Houston federal jury verdict that found National Oilwell Varco LP (NOV) did not racially discriminate against African-American workers, who had sought $120 million in damages. A three-judge panel unanimously rejected the appeal filed on behalf of eight minority employees of the […]

Jefferson County Jury Clears Beaumont Motel in Premises Liability Case

BEAUMONT, Texas– An East Texas jury has completely cleared a Beaumont motel accused of negligence by a woman who claimed a self-closing pool gate injured her ankle. Plaintiff Donna Rudolph was staying with family at the Americas Best Value Inn in August 2012, when she claimed the pool’s self-closing gate hit her ankle. She said […]

AZA Promotes Prominent Litigator Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher to Partner

HOUSTON – Successful litigator Elizabeth “Lizzie” Pannill Fletcher has been promoted to partner at AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing. A fourth-generation Texas trial lawyer and native Houstonian, Ms. Fletcher has a lengthy track record of courtroom wins, including the July 2014 dismissal of a multimillion-dollar breach of contract and fraud lawsuit against a Houston […]

AZA Named Among Houston’s Top Energy, Intellectual Property Law Firms

HOUSTON – AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, has earned selection to the Houston Business Journal’s 2014-2015 list of leading local law firms, ranking among the largest energy and intellectual property legal practices in Houston. The lists in the just-released Houston Business Journal’s Book of Lists 2014-2015 are based on the number of energy and […]

Houston Litigation Boutique AZA Earns National Best Law Firms Ranking

HOUSTON – The Houston commercial litigation firm AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, is being recognized as one of the country’s Best Law Firms for the third time by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America. AZA, renowned for its courtroom success, earned a place among the top tier of Houston […]

Houston’s AZA Wins Client Choice – Texas IP Law Firm of the Year Honors

HOUSTON – The Houston law boutique AZA, or AZA, has been named the 2014 Client Choice – Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year in Texas by the firm’s clients and the publishers of Global Law Experts, a London-based international guide to leading attorneys. This is the second year in a row AZA has earned […]

Two AZA Lawyers Named to Who’s Who in Energy

HOUSTON – Two accomplished trial lawyers with the Houston-based complex commercial litigation boutique AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, have earned selection to the “Who’s Who in Energy” list of energy industry leaders in seven major U.S. cities. AZA partners John Zavitsanos and Todd Mensing were selected to the exclusive listing compiled by the editors […]

Newspaper Report Focuses on Volunteer Firefighter Death Case

HOUSTON – The case of a Houston-area volunteer firefighter who was needlessly killed in a 2012 training exercise is the focus of a recent Houston Press cover story headlined, “When a Lesson Took a Dangerous Turn, a Room Full of Firefighters Couldn’t Save Neal Smith.” The story chronicles the death of Capt. Neal Wade Smith, […]

Air Liquide Awarded Damages, Attorneys’ Fees and Injunction in Contract Dispute

HOUSTON – Houston-based Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP prevailed on all claims in a Fort Bend County jury trial where the company collected $1.7 million from a customer that had sued seeking damages in a contract dispute. Attorneys at AZA, or AZA, defeated a claim by NRM, a Texas industrial recycling and manufacturing company. […]

Eight from Houston’s AZA Law Firm Earn Spots on Texas Super Lawyers List

HOUSTON – Eight lawyers from the Houston commercial litigation boutique AZA, or AZA, earned selection to the 2014 Texas Super Lawyers list of the state’s top attorneys. AZA name partners Joseph Ahmad and John Zavitsanos are also listed among the Top 100 lawyers in Texas. They, along with partners Demetrios Anaipakos and Todd Mensing, earned […]

AZA Client Elite Air Freight Wins Trial Without Presenting Evidence

HOUSTON – A state district court judge dramatically ended an ongoing jury trial last week by tossing out a lawsuit filed by a “turnaround specialist” who claimed he was due a success fee that would have yielded more than $3.2 million from Houston-based freight-forwarder Elite Air Freight Inc. Houston litigation boutique AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos […]

Eight Lawyers from AZA Named Among Nation’s Best for Commercial, Patent Litigation

HOUSTON – Eight lawyers from the acclaimed Houston litigation boutique AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, are being recognized in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America based on their work in commercial litigation and patent litigation. AZA attorneys Joseph Ahmad, John Zavitsanos, Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi, Todd Mensing, Sean Gorman, Tim Shelby […]

AZA Client Wins Dismissal in Multimillion-Dollar Breach of Contract Lawsuit

HOUSTON – An investment banker represented by the Houston litigation boutique AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, recently won the dismissal of a multimillion-dollar breach of contract and fraud lawsuit after a federal judge found that the company bringing the case had no valid basis for the claims against him. Houston-based International Energy Ventures Management […]

AZA Partner Todd Mensing Elected to American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

HOUSTON – Houston attorney Todd Mensing, a partner in AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, has been elected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an elite group of the country’s leading judges and civil trial lawyers. ABOTA membership is by invitation only. Members are judged for, among other things, strong personal character, […]

Widow of Houston Area Volunteer Firefighter Who Died in Training Exercise Sues Trainers

BEAUMONT, Texas – The widow of a Houston area volunteer firefighter has filed a wrongful death and gross negligence lawsuit in Beaumont state court against several firefighter training groups and individuals for running a training exercise that led to her husband’s death in 2012. Penelope M. Smith filed the lawsuit on July 31 on behalf […]

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