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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 […]

AZA Wins Rare $2 Million Attorneys’ Fees Award for Defendants

HOUSTON – A Harris County judge has taken the unusual step of awarding AZA client Dr. Steven Hotze and his fellow defendants more than $2 million in attorneys’ fees after a jury decided in their favor and delivered a take-nothing verdict. Attorneys’ fees are often awarded to plaintiffs who prevail in a lawsuit, but the […]

AZA Prevails Against Google in Patent Infringement Dispute Appeal Over Spreadsheets

HOUSTON – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a lower court’s ruling for Google LLC in a dispute over three spreadsheet patents asserted by Data Engine Technologies LLC, a unit of Acacia Research Corp. The appellate court ruled, in a precedential decision, that a Delaware court was incorrect when it tossed […]

AZA Lawyer Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Elected to Congress; Former Firm Lawyer Wins Judgeship

HOUSTON – AZA partner Lizzie Pannill Fletcher won an upset election against a Republican congressman this week to become the first Democrat ever elected to the Houston congressional district once represented by President George H.W. Bush. At the same time, former AZA trial lawyer Lauren Reeder was elected to Harris County’s 234th Civil District Court. […]

AZA Named to Best Law Firms List for Seventh Year by National Ranking Guide

HOUSTON – For the seventh year in a row, the commercial litigation and intellectual property firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is being recognized among the nation’s Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America. “This firm is outstanding. They are the best firm […]

AZA Lawyer Rey Flores Writes on His Hispanic Heritage and the Value of Mentors

HOUSTON – In an article for Texas Lawbook, Rey Flores, an associate at AZA or Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., wrote about his experiences as a combat veteran in the Middle East and what we can all do to inspire each other. In a bylined article titled, “Señor, usted es un orgullo Hispano,” […]

Appellate Court Confirms AZA’s Successful Dismissal of Landry’s Defamation Suit over Caged Tigers in Houston

HOUSTON – The Texas 14th Court of Appeals upheld a judge’s dismissal of a defamation lawsuit filed by Landry’s Inc. restaurant chain and its Downtown Aquarium that claimed the Animal Legal Defense Fund defamed Landry’s by criticizing the treatment of four endangered white tigers kept at the aquarium. The appellate court found that Harris County […]

Dr. Steven Hotze and Two Brothers Win Take-Nothing Verdict in Family Business Dispute

HOUSTON – AZA lawyers secured a take-nothing jury verdict for well-known Houstonian Dr. Steven Hotze and two of his brothers, who were accused of fraud, securities violations, and breaching their fiduciary duties involving family business operations. The lawsuit was filed by two other Hotze brothers who alleged that nearly every transaction over the past four […]

Texas Super Lawyers Again Honors Nine AZA Lawyers; Two Are Tops in State

HOUSTON – All eight partners and one lawyer who is of counsel with the commercial litigation firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, have earned selection to the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers listing. Two of those lawyers rank among the top 100 attorneys in Texas. AZA partners and co-founders Joe Ahmad and […]

National Oilwell Varco Wins $12 Million After Discovering Ex-Employees’ Fraud

HOUSTON – A federal judge awarded $12.2 million to National Oilwell Varco (NOV) from three former high-level employees based in Dubai who participated in various schemes to defraud and siphon funds from the company. After receiving a whistleblower complaint through NOV’s internal compliance hotline, the global oilfield services company conducted a thorough investigation that ultimately […]

AZA Lawyers Named Among Nation’s Best for Commercial, Patent Litigation and Appellate Law

HOUSTON – Ten lawyers with Houston trial law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, won national recognition in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. AZA partners Joe Ahmad, John Zavitsanos, Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi, Todd Mensing, Steve Mitby, Tim Shelby and Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher, and of counsel David […]

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