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AZA Co-Founder Joe Ahmad Honored by the South Asian Bar Association

HOUSTON – Joe Ahmad, partner and co-founder of AZA, was honored with a Distinguished Member Award at the South Asian Bar Association of Houston’s 2019 gala. He was honored for his distinguished career at the groups’ annual charity gala May 11 at the St. Regis Hotel. Mr. Ahmad is known for his courtroom prowess, his […]

Prestigious Chambers USA Ranks AZA Among Top Texas Commercial Litigation Firms Sixth Year In A Row

HOUSTON – For the sixth 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 the Chambers USA guide, with four of the firm lawyers recognized individually for their legal prowess. AZA lawyers were described in the 2019 edition as […]

AZA Associate Neal Sarkar Named 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer in Houston

HOUSTON – AZA commercial litigator Neal Sarkar has been selected as the 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Houston Young Lawyers Association, a decades-old organization known for its community involvement and leadership. Each year the Outstanding Young Lawyer award recognizes an attorney in the Greater Houston area who best demonstrates professional proficiency, service to the […]

Former AZA Partner Fletcher Featured on Cover of National Lawyers Magazine

HOUSTON – Former AZA partner Lizzie Fletcher, now a U.S. Congresswoman from Texas’ 7th District, was featured on the cover of the Spring 2019 edition of Best Lawyers’ Business Edition in a story about her path from litigator to legislator. In the article “In-House Counsel,” Ms. Fletcher discussed her career move from Big Law to […]

AZA Associates Win Take-Nothing Judgment Plus Legal Fees in Settlement Funding Dispute

HOUSTON – Associates at Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C, or AZA, won a case against the largest U.S. purchaser of structured settlements, securing a take-nothing judgment plus $629,000 in legal fees for their defendant client. The 10-year-old case was whittled down to a bench trial over the attorneys’ fees structured settlement giant Peachtree […]

Houston Bar Magazine Publishes Story on AZA’s John Zavitsanos and Greek Heritage

HOUSTON – With the headline “It’s All Greek To Him,” The Houston Lawyer magazine featured a story on AZA founding partner John Zavitsanos’ Greek heritage in its January/February 2019 issue. The story was written by John’s longtime friend, Houston lawyer Allen Tanner. It chronicles how John was brought to the U.S. from Greece as a […]

Ten AZA Lawyers Earn 2019 Texas Rising Stars Accolades

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., is proud to announce that 10 AZA attorneys have been named to the 2019 Texas Rising Stars list, which recognizes the state’s leading young lawyers. For the third consecutive year, AZA associate Sammy Ford IV was named a “Top 100 Texas Up & Coming” lawyer for […]

AZA Win Over Google in Patent Infringement Dispute Stands

HOUSTON – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit refused requests from Google LLC to revisit the court’s ruling in a dispute over three spreadsheet patents asserted by Data Engine Technologies LLC, a unit of Acacia Research Corp. In asking that the appellate court reconsider its ruling, Google called the court’s previous decision […]

AZA Again Named Among Best in Nation for Client Service by BTI Consulting

HOUSTON – Houston-based litigation and intellectual property firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has been rated among the best in the nation for client service, earning a place on the BTI Client Service A-Team 2019. BTI Consulting Group, which researches client service, bases its power rankings on a survey of Fortune […]

AZA Names Four New Partners in Commercial and IP Litigation

HOUSTON – Civil trial law boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has announced four new partners for 2019. Scott W. Clark, Ryan Hackney, Michael McBride, and Jane Langdell Robinson, are promoted to partner effective Jan. 28. Mr. Hackney handles primarily complex commercial litigation cases. Messrs. Clark and McBride focus on IP […]

AZA Ranked Among Largest 30 Law Firms and Top Intellectual Property Law Firms by Houston Business Journal

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, was ranked alongside some of the city’s oldest and biggest law firms in the Houston Business Journal’s annual listing of law firms by size and practice area. AZA was included among the 30 largest and made the top 10 list of intellectual property law firms. […]

Demetrios Anaipakos Again Named a Top Texas Litigator by International Who’s Who

HOUSTON – Demetrios Anaipakos, partner with Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C. or AZA, is one of only 28 lawyers selected as top Texas litigators in 2018 by international publication Who’s Who Legal. Established in 1996, Who’s Who Legal is an international listing of legal practitioners in business law. Those selected by the London-based […]

Three More AZA Lawyers Elected Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation

HOUSTON – Three associates of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, have been elected fellows of the philanthropic Texas Bar Foundation, an invitation-only honor. Ifti Ahmed, Rey Flores and Kyle A. Poelker joined 13 other AZA lawyers who already are fellows with the charitable group that was founded in 1965 to assist […]

AZA’s $20M Take-Nothing Verdict for National Oilwell Varco Stands on Appeal

HOUSTON – A Texas appeals court has upheld a take-nothing jury verdict in favor of National Oilwell Varco, L.P., (NYSE: NOV), confirming that a company employee was rightfully fired for a safety violation and not due $20 million in damages for racial discrimination. In the 2016 trial, former NOV employee Dale L. Johnson admitted to […]

AZA Named Among Top 10 Best-Performing Law Firms in IPR Nationally

HOUSTON – AZA has been ranked among the 10 best-performing law firms in the nation in a study of more than 1,100 law firms active in Inter Partes Review (IPR) patent cases over the past five years. The analysis was conducted by Patexia Inc., a global community of intellectual property professionals. Patexia used federal databases […]

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