AZA Earns Selection to Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame
November 21, 2013

DALLAS – The complex commercial litigation and intellectual property boutique AZA, or AZA, has been named to the inaugural Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame by Texas Lawyer newspaper for winning one of the top intellectual property verdicts in the state.

AZA’s victory was the fifth largest on a list of the top verdicts from 2010-2012 as reported to VerdictSearch and published by Texas Lawyer in its Top Texas Verdicts special supplements. AZA and the other honorees were recognized during a recent induction ceremony in Dallas hosted by the newspaper.

AZA was named to the exclusive list based on its work as co-counsel for Versata Software Inc. in a patent infringement trial over pricing technology that targeted global software company SAP America Inc. and its German-based parent company. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the jury verdict, which resulted in a mammoth $391 million judgment in Versata Software Inc. v. SAP America Inc. and SAP AG. The verdict was issued in May 2011 and the final judgment was entered in May 2013.

AZA partners Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi and Steven Mitby represented Versata. Mr. Alavi attended the Nov. 12 induction ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.

“It was terrific to see AZA represented among the firms with the largest Texas verdicts,” says Mr. Alavi. “Our intellectual property victory was a spectacular win for our client.”

Texas Lawyer is publishing a special supplement in December featuring the top 100 verdicts from 2010-2012, including summaries of the state’s top jury awards in various areas of law.

AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, is a Houston-based law firm that is home to true courtroom lawyers with a formidable track record in complex commercial litigation, including energy, intellectual property, securities fraud, construction and business dispute cases. AZA is recognized by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the country’s best commercial litigation firms in the 2014 listing of the nation’s leading law firms. National corporate counsel named AZA one of the country’s best in client service among law firms serving the Fortune 1000. AZA has been hired on many occasions by the same companies the firm has prevailed against at trial. Read more at


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