AZA Earns Prestigious 2022 Chambers USA Rankings in Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property   
June 1, 2022

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 Ahmad is named as a “Star” for his labor and employment work for companies and executives. Once again, Mr. Zavitsanos also earned a “Spotlight” ranking as one of the top Texas trial lawyers.  

This marks the ninth year that AZA’s commercial litigation practice has earned recognition by Chambers. It’s the second year for AZA’s IP practice to be recognized, with the practice group moving up in rankings in the 2022 edition. The Spotlight ranking earned by Mr. Zavitsanos is used to highlight a select group of standout lawyers. 

“Chambers is the gold standard and AZA works hard for our clients and we are especially proud to have the firm and our lawyers highly ranked,” Mr. Zavitsanos said.  

Chambers USA, published by London-based Chambers and Partners, is considered the best international legal guide for business law firms. Ranked firms and practitioners are selected through thorough research and thousands of interviews with clients and lawyers. Selection criteria include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness and other qualities valued by clients. 

AZA clients have told Chambers USA reviewers:

  • “It is a high-quality litigation firm which also delivers outstanding results in trials.”
  • “The firm’s unique style and willingness to take cases to trial keep clients coming back.”
  • “AZA is a go-to firm for difficult litigation matters. If a matter is going to be complicated, difficult or requires a lot of strong, creative legal thought, it is one of the first firms that I will go to.”   

The Chambers overall review said of AZA: “Robust litigation specialists with a reputation as feared opponents for established national firms. Especially strong experience in representing clients in the technology and energy arenas. Trial-oriented group of attorneys who are unafraid to take on the full range of high-value commercial disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants. Particularly active in intellectual property, employment and breach of contract cases.”

Clients said of Mr. Zavitsanos: “John is an outstanding trial lawyer with an incredible ability to weaponize the litigation process to his advantage.”

Of Mr. Ahmad clients said: “I’m consistently impressed with him. He is fabulous and a very smart, hard-working, sophisticated and creative lawyer.”

Clients said of Mr. Mensing: “Todd is extremely client-focused. He is incredibly responsive and can be reached at any time – day or night.”

AZA is a Houston-based law firm that is home to true courtroom lawyers with a formidable track record in complex commercial litigation, including energy, healthcare, intellectual property, and business dispute cases. AZA is recognized by Chambers USA 2022 among the best in Texas commercial law and intellectual property; by U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms as one of the country’s best commercial litigation firms for 10 years running; has been named Litigation Department of the Year by Texas Lawyer; and was previously dubbed by Law360 a Texas Powerhouse law firm. 


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