AZA Named 2015 Litigation Department of the Year by Texas Lawyer Newspaper
June 1, 2015

HOUSTON – In recognition of the firm’s trial successes in 2014, AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, has earned selection as a Litigation Department of the Year for 2015  by the publishers of Texas Lawyer newspaper.

The annual honor recognizes the Texas-based litigation groups that have excelled during the previous year based on courtroom results. Just three general litigation firms are chosen statewide for having the top litigation departments.  AZA claimed the top spot among all Texas firms in their size category. The firm is featured in a June 1 profile story in Texas Lawyer titled, “AZA: Small Firm, Big Results.”

AZA partner Demetrios Anaipakos “not only can get the verdicts, he can make them stick on appeal,” says Washington, D.C., attorney Jeffrey Lamken of MoloLamken LLP. Mr. Lamken was co-counsel with Anaipakos on a gigantic case that AZA helped win for Versata Software Inc. against SAP America Inc.

AZA lawyers, including partner Steve Mitby, “developed penetrating discovery requests,” in another Versata case, according to attorney Henry D. Fellows of Atlanta-based Fellows LaBriola LLP. He describes Mr. Mitby as “an excellent strategist” in the Texas Lawyer article.

“They are really just a good group of dedicated people,” says longtime AZA client Larry Dreyfuss, general counsel for litigation at Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline.

Says AZA founding partner John Zavitsanos: “We always look for a way to win the case, whether at trial or pretrial.”

The firm also was recognized as a top-rated commercial litigation group in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and was one of only 13 firms in the state to be named a Texas Powerhouse by the legal news service Law360. Also this year, AZA earned its third selection to the Best Law Firms list from the publishers of U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America.

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, and business dispute cases. AZA is recognized in Chambers USA 2015 among the best in Texas commercial law; U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the country’s best commercial litigation firms in 2014; and Law360 as a Texas Powerhouse law firm. National corporate counsel named AZA one of the country’s best in client service among law firms serving the Fortune 1000. Read more at



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