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For Seventh Year, Prestigious Chambers USA Ranks AZA Among Top Texas Commercial Litigation Firms 

HOUSTON – For the seventh year, Houston commercial litigation and intellectual property boutique AZA has been named among Texas’ top general commercial litigation firms in the Chambers USA guide. Four of the firm lawyers are recognized in the 2020 edition individually for their legal prowess.  Partners John Zavitsanos and Todd Mensing are ranked for their general commercial litigation experience. Partner Demetrios Anaipakos is ranked for his intellectual property expertise, and partner Joe Ahmad is ranked for his labor and employment work for […]

Nine AZA Lawyers Earn 2020 Texas Rising Stars Accolades 

HOUSTON – AZA is proud to announce that nine of its attorneys have been named to the 2020 Texas Rising Stars list, which recognizes the state’s leading young lawyers.   For the fourth straight year, AZA associate Sammy Ford IV was named a “Top 100 Texas Up & Coming” lawyer for his business litigation skills. Also recognized in the business litigation practice area this […]

John Zavitsanos Earns Recertification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy 

HOUSTON – AZA co-founder John Zavitsanos has been recertified in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy after completing a rigorous review process. Mr. Zavitsanos is also board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The state and national certifications are awarded based on a review process that results in only a small percentage of lawyers earning certification. The national trial advocacy board’s screening criteria includes demonstration of substantial trial experience; submission of judicial […]

AZA Beats the Odds for Energy Company in Tragic Oklahoma Explosion  

McALESTER, Okla. – Following three weeks of grisly testimony about a tragic 2018 oil rig explosion that killed five, jurors nevertheless found that AZA client National Oilwell Varco (NOV) was only 10 percent responsible. The jury found other companies that had already settled out of the case for significant amounts were 90 percent at fault.  The devastating accident was the industry’s deadliest since the Deepwater Horizon explosion […]

International ‘Who’s Who Legal’ Honors Demetrios Anaipakos Among Top Litigators in Texas 

HOUSTON – AZA partner Demetrios Anaipakos has again been named by the international publication Who’s Who Legal as one of the top litigators in Texas.  Mr. Anaipakos was included among 18 high-level trial lawyers in Houston honored in the respected publication’s most recent listing. Established in 1996, Who’s Who Legal is an international listing of legal practitioners in business law. Those selected by […]

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

HOUSTON – AZA was included among the 30 largest law firms and the top 10 intellectual property law firms in the Houston Business Journal’s Book of Lists 2019-2020.   The newspaper’s annual list names the largest companies in Houston in a variety of sectors, including the legal industry. AZA was ranked the eighth largest IP law firm and the 30th […]

AZA Wins Another Appellate Ruling for Businesswoman Defamed and Threatened by Facebook Posts 

HOUSTON – In a significant ruling upholding the ability of courts to protect individuals from threatening online speech, the Texas First Court of Appeals affirmed an earlier decision by a Harris County judge ordering two defendants to delete social media posts that had encouraged violence against a Houston businesswoman and her family.    The ruling stems from a temporary injunction obtained by AZA in August 2018 on behalf of a Vietnamese-American businesswoman who was […]

AZA Gets Turkey Leg Hut Restaurant Lawsuit Dissolved in Two Weeks 

HOUSTON – Residents who had filed a lawsuit against a popular local restaurant named Turkey Leg Hut dropped their case just two weeks after AZA lawyers put up an aggressive defense on behalf of the restaurant owners.  The lawsuit had alleged health problems from barbecue pit smoke. But AZA lawyers discovered emails that showed the residents’ real goal was simply to get the establishment […]

Two More AZA Lawyers Elected Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation 

HOUSTON – Two associates of AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., have been elected fellows of the invitation-only philanthropic Texas Bar Foundation.  Jason McManis and Jordan Warshauer join 12 other AZA lawyers who already are fellows with the charitable group that was founded in 1965 to assist the public and improve the profession of law.   Fellows of the foundation […]

AZA Named to Best Law Firms List for Eighth Year by US News – Best Lawyers

HOUSTON – For the eighth year in a row, commercial litigation and intellectual property firm AZA is being recognized among the nation’s Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America. One of the firm’s clients, the general counsel of a global manufacturer, called the AZA team “the very […]

AZA Prevails for Apache Corp. at Texas Supreme Court in Oil & Gas Arbitration Dispute

HOUSTON – AZA lawyers prevailed for client Apache Corp. before the Texas Supreme Court, which declined to review a lower court ruling that upheld Apache’s motion to compel arbitration and denied its opponent Wagner Oil’s attempt to stay arbitration. In late 2017, Apache initiated arbitration against Wagner Oil to recover over $15 million in legal […]

AZA Wins First Amendment Appellate Ruling for Client Defamed on Facebook

HOUSTON – The Texas First Court of Appeals ruled that a Harris County judge properly refused to dismiss a Facebook defamation case on First Amendment grounds. The appeals court sent the case back to the trial court for further proceedings. The two defendants in a defamation suit filed by AZA’s client had appealed the Harris […]

AZA Partner Amir Alavi Featured at ABA Intellectual Property Institute

SAN ANTONIO – AZA partner Amir Alavi shared his IP trial lawyer insights as a featured speaker recently at the third annual CLE Institute on Intellectual Property Law hosted by the American Bar Association. The Institute explores new developments, emerging issues and best practices in IP law. Mr. Alavi spoke on “What Litigators Wish Transactional […]

AZA, Three Firm Partners Honored by Benchmark Litigation Fifth Year in a Row

HOUSTON – Houston complex commercial litigation and intellectual property law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, and three firm partners have earned recognition in the 2020 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a peer-review guide to top lawyers and firms. AZA received Benchmark’s “Recommended” rating for the fifth time as a firm. Name […]

AZA Named Among Best-Performing Law Firms in IPR Patent Work Nationally

HOUSTON – AZA has been ranked the 12th best-performing law firm in the nation in a study of more than 900 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 to […]

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