AZA Law Firm Celebrating 20 Years of Growth in Houston
July 12, 2013

Firm, partners responsible for making law, among top legal counsel in the state

HOUSTON – Houston’s AZA, or AZA, is celebrating two decades of legal firsts, successful work for clients and overall firm growth since opening its doors with only two attorneys 20 years ago this month.

Founded in July 1993 by attorneys John Zavitsanos and Joe Ahmad, AZA has grown to include nearly 30 attorneys today with a focus on commercial litigation and intellectual property law. Through the years, AZA has successfully represented clients in significant cases heard in U.S. and international jurisdictions, often prevailing against some of the country’s largest and most-respected firms.

During the past 20 years, AZA has broken new ground in several areas of law, including:

–       Winning a freedom of speech precedent for police officers;

–       Trying the first U.S. same-sex sexual harassment case to verdict

–       Filing one of the first cases under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002;

–       Defining disclosure law requirements for hedge fund investors;

–       Helping establish ERISA law for pilots; and

–       Obtaining record sanctions, legal fee awards, and substantial verdicts in patent cases and other areas of law.

For a list of AZA’s Top 20 legal accomplishments during the firm’s first 20 years, please click here.

“I take great pride looking back at our accomplishments and seeing the stable of bright, creative and trial-ready lawyers working at AZA today,” says Mr. Zavitsanos, who, along with fellow firm founder Mr. Ahmad, has earned repeated selection to the list of the state’s Top 100 attorneys in the annual Texas Super Lawyers list.

In the past three years alone, the attorneys at AZA have been named “awesome opponents” in a national survey of corporate counsel, and the firm has been recognized among the country’s best for client service. AZA also has been highlighted as one of the nation’s top commercial litigation firms by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America.

“Our very first client led us to a trial and appeal that ended in a seven-figure recovery for our client, and we never looked back,” says Mr. Ahmad, who, along with Mr. Zavitsanos, is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates.

AZA is home to six lawyers who are Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in different areas of law, and five attorneys who have been named among the best in the country by The Best Lawyers in America. Seven AZA lawyers have earned selection to the Texas Super Lawyers list, and six more have been featured in the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list of the top young lawyers in the state.

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 has been hired on many occasions by the same companies the firm has prevailed against at trial. Read more at


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