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AZA Ranked Again Among Top Texas Commercial Litigation Firms by Prestigious Chambers USA
May 7, 2018

HOUSTON – For the fifth year, Houston trial law boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has been named among Texas’ top general commercial litigation firms in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

AZA lawyers were described in the 2018 edition as “robust litigation specialists with a fast-growing reputation as a feared opponent for established national firms.” The prestigious guide called AZA a “trial-oriented group of attorneys who are unafraid to take on the full range of high-value commercial disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants.” Chambers also noted that AZA has “especially strong experience in representing clients in the technology and energy arenas … adept at acting for clients in the software, financial and automotive industries.”

Clients interviewed by Chambers said: “The firm is always responsive and available any time of the day for a client. The lawyers have a really good bedside manner and know how to work with clients.” Chambers said sources call the team “hard-working, smart, honest and enjoyable to work with.”

In addition to the firm’s recognition in the Chambers 2018 edition, partners Joe Ahmad, Demetrios Anaipakos and John Zavitsanos earned individual Chambers honors. Mr. Anaipakos and Mr. Zavitsanos ranked as top Texas general commercial litigation lawyers. Mr. Ahmad, who has expertise in trade secret and non-compete cases, is listed among the very top Texas lawyers in executive employment. AZA partner Todd Mensing was listed as a recognized practitioner in general commercial litigation and associate Adam Milasincic was named an associate to watch in general commercial litigation.

Chambers wrote this about the AZA lawyers:

Clients say Mr. Zavitsanos “is smart, funny, has incredible trial skills and works hard for us. He truly cares for his clients.” He is experienced across a broad range of disputes from complex commercial matters to labor disputes. One client comments: “He is a great client advocate and has really good judgment.”

Mr. Anaipakos is “a very smart lawyer and fantastic business person who is a strong advocate,” according to sources. He is particularly noted for his representation of plaintiffs in IP disputes. One client enthuses, “I have been extremely impressed with his courtroom skills. I think he is one of the finer trial attorneys in the patent space in the US. He is extremely smart but also able to engage during cross-examination in a way that is interesting, entertaining and extremely effective.”

Mr. Ahmad is described as an “expert when it comes to labor and employment.” He handles cases for both employers and employees and is particularly well-known for acting for plaintiffs.

Sources praise associate Mr. Milasincic as “smart and hard-working, with great trial skills.” He is developing a strong commercial litigation practice and represents clients on matters in both state and federal courts.

Published by London-based Chambers and Partners, Chambers USA is known worldwide for its thorough guides to the legal profession. Recognition is based on thousands of attorney and client interviews to identify law firms and lawyers who demonstrate the top technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by clients.

Among Texas’ most honored law firms, AZA has made the Best Law Firms list published by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America for five consecutive years. The firm and its lawyers also are included in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation.

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or 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, 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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