AZA Selected as a Finalist for National Elite Trial Law Firm 2022
May 13, 2022
HOUSTON – Trial law firm AZA is being honored as a “highly commended” finalist for the National Law Journal’s National Elite Trial Law Firm awards for a series of jury wins around the country on behalf of emergency room doctors underpaid by insurance companies.
The firm and lead lawyer John Zavitsanos were honored in the insurance category. The award, along with others in a variety of legal practice categories, was announced at a presentation in New York City on July 14.
This is the third national honor that the firm and Mr. Zavitsanos have earned in 2022 for these healthcare cases against insurance companies. Earlier this year, Mr. Zavitsanos was one of only 10 lawyers named as a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” by Law360. In addition, the National Law Journal selected him as one of its “Plaintiffs’ Attorneys Trailblazers.” He was featured in a special NLJ supplement this month spotlighting professionals who are “agents of change in their respective practice areas.”
AZA has won three jury verdicts for emergency room physicians in Arkansas, Texas, and Nevada. The Arkansas jury win in late 2020 settled well for AZA’s client in 2021, while a Houston jury awarded AZA clients more than $19 million. Later in 2021, a Las Vegas jury issued a $62 million verdict against the nation’s largest insurer, United Healthcare. With attorneys’ fees, the final judgment will exceed $70 million.
“These verdicts and this honor trace back to the determined desire of our client TeamHealth to seek fair pay for emergency room doctors around the nation,” Mr. Zavitsanos said
Mr. Zavitsanos tried these cases with AZA partners Joe Ahmad, Jane Langdell Robinson, and Jason McManis; Of Counsel Kevin Leyendecker; and associates Thomas Frashier, Michael Killingsworth and Louis Liao.
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, healthcare, intellectual property, and business dispute cases. AZA is recognized by Chambers USA 2021 among the best in Texas commercial law and intellectual property; by U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms as one of the country’s best commercial litigation firms for ten years running; has been named Litigation Department of the Year by Texas Lawyer; and was previously dubbed by Law360 a Texas Powerhouse law firm.