AZA Partner John Zavitsanos Organizes Summit on Religious Freedom
May 29, 2018

NEW YORK – AZA founding partner John Zavitsanos helped organize leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States for a religious freedom summit focusing on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Turkey.

Mr. Zavitsanos helped gather 30 Orthodox Christians who were guided by Archbishop Demetrios, head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, at its headquarters in New York City. The meeting was designed to update church leaders on current conditions so they could identify the most pressing problems and develop strategies to address these matters over the next three years.

Mr. Zavitsanos is a member of the national council of the Order of St. Andrew. Mr. Zavitsanos was recognized as an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Greek Orthodox Church in 2004. An Archon is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the laity within the worldwide Greek Orthodox Church. There are fewer than 750 Archons in the United States.

In 2014, Mr. Zavitsanos was on a five-lawyer international team that represented the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. The Ecumenical Patriarchate successfully sued the government of Turkey to reclaim an orphanage just outside of Istanbul that it had owned since 300 A.D. The legal decision changing ownership of the building, the largest wooden structure in all of Europe, was unanimous and precedent-setting.

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 by Chambers USA 2018 among the best in Texas commercial law; by U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms as one of the country’s best commercial litigation firms for 2018; and previously by 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.

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