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AZA Prevails for Apache Corp. at the Supreme Court of Texas  

HOUSTON – AZA has prevailed at the Supreme Court of Texas on behalf of client Apache Corp. This victory paves the way for Apache to proceed in its arbitration against Wagner Oil to recover in excess of $15 million under an indemnity provision in Apache’s agreement with Wagner Oil.    The April 9 ruling rejects arguments by Wagner Oil to discard an arbitration provision contained in a 2001 purchase and sale agreement for oil and gas wells, mineral leases and fee interests […]

Eleven AZA Lawyers Make the 2021 Texas Rising Stars List  

HOUSTON – AZA is proud to announce that 11 of the firm’s trial lawyers have earned recognition on the 2021 Texas Rising Stars list, which honors the state’s leading young attorneys.  For the fifth straight year, AZA partner Sammy Ford IV was named a “Top 100 Texas Up & Coming” lawyer for his business litigation skills. He has made the Rising Stars list every year since 2013.  Also making […]

AZA Associate Joshua Harris’ Family-Focused Essay Featured in Texas Lawbook 

HOUSTON – In a personal essay for Texas Lawbook during Black History Month, AZA associate Joshua Harris revealed the back story of how he became a lawyer: lessons learned from his grandparents and parents, and from football.  In a Feb. 25 article headlined, From Grandparents and Quarterbacking: Lessons in Education and Adversity, Mr. Harris outlined his many discoveries growing up. He wrote that he benefited from what he was taught about strategic long-term planning from […]

Houston-Area Lawyer Sanctioned $150,000 for Filing Groundless Lawsuit Against AZA Client

RICHMOND, TX – Fort Bend County District Judge R. O’Neill Williams ordered Bellaire lawyer Paul B. Rosen and his client Gen Fu Zhang to be sanctioned $150,000 for making groundless claims in a lawsuit over the lease of a Sugar Land strip mall restaurant.   AZA lawyer Foster Johnson, who handled the case with co-counsel S. Scott West, said the sanction is one of the largest against a lawyer […]

AZA Names 3 New Partners with Commercial Litigation, IP Heft 

HOUSTON – Three accomplished trial lawyers have been promoted to partner at AZA. They are commercial litigators Monica Uddin and Taylor Freeman and intellectual property lawyer  Masood Anjom. Ms. Uddin joined AZA 10 years ago after graduation from the University of Chicago Law School. Since then, she has achieved a long list of courtroom successes, trying cases ranging from partnership breakups to trade secret and patent disputes. Her clients […]

AZA Featured in Three of Texas Lawbook’s Top 10 Commercial Litigation Moments of 2020 

HOUSTON – Texas Lawbook chose the top 10 commercial litigation moments of 2020, and work by AZA trial lawyers was front and center in three of those cases.   In the news story, Top 10 Commercial Litigation Moments of 2020 (subscription required), Texas Lawbook notes what a strange year 2020 was and how brave lawyers were able to try cases in person as AZA lawyers did in a healthcare case, or by Zoom, which AZA lawyers did in an energy sector case.   […]

Judge Daryl Moore Joins AZA’s Appellate Practice 

HOUSTON – Accomplished appellate and trial lawyer and former Harris County Judge Daryl Moore joins AZA’s appellate practice in 2021.  Judge Moore was called one of the best judges in Harris County when he served on the bench in the 333rd District Court. He has been lauded for his performance on the bench, for his service to the Houston Bar Association and as an advocate for law libraries.  “Judge Moore has […]

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

HOUSTON – For the ninth year in a row, commercial litigation and intellectual property firm AZA is being recognized among the nation’s Best Law Firms in 2021 by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America.  One of the firm’s clients, the CEO of a sealing products company, said of AZA’s lawyers: “(They) are the very best civil trial […]

Three More AZA Lawyers Elected Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation  

HOUSTON – Three AZA associates have been elected fellows of the invitation-only philanthropic Texas Bar Foundation.   Monica Uddin, Edward “Ward” Goolsby and Nathan Campbell join 14 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 are selected for […]

AZA Earns Texas Super Lawyers Honors; Three Make Top 100 Lists 

HOUSTON – Seven lawyers with AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., have earned recognition for 2020 by Texas Super Lawyers, a peer-review guide to the state’s top attorneys.   AZA co-founders Joe Ahmad and John Zavitsanos are once again being honored among the top 100 lawyers in the state for their exceptional trial skills. Mr. Ahmad was selected for his labor and employment law expertise, and Mr. Zavitsanos was chosen for his […]

Houston City Council Settles Fire Department Discrimination Lawsuit, Agrees to Federal Consent Decree

HOUSTON – The Houston City Council has settled an employment discrimination lawsuit filed by Houston firefighter Jane Draycott in a case that started in 2009 when racist and sexist slurs were scrawled across her belongings, including on a photo of her dead daughter. Ms. Draycott received $275,000 from the city as part of the settlement, […]

Vault Career Guide Puts AZA among Top 20 Midsize Firms in US, Top 5 in Texas 

HOUSTON – AZA is ranked among the top 20 midsize law firms for 2021 by Vault, the widely respected career guide and job-ranking service that relies on surveys of law firm associates.   In Texas, the firm ranked No. 4 among midsize law firms. Nationally, the firm ranked 19th. As one of the best firms to work for, AZA made the top 10 list in the categories of career outlook […]

AZA Client FlexSteel Pipelines Wins Appellate Ruling on Jurisdiction Over Chinese Company 

HOUSTON – The Texas 14th Court of Appeals has ruled that AZA client FlexSteel Pipelines Technology Inc. can proceed to trial against a Chinese company and its Houston-based employee for theft of trade secrets. The appellate court found that a Harris County trial judge did not err by allowing a special appearance by China-based Changchun […]

AZA Trial Lawyers Among Nation’s Best for Commercial, Intellectual Property Litigation and Appellate Law for 2021 

HOUSTON – Twelve attorneys with AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., have earned recognition in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the nation’s oldest peer review guide to top lawyers.    AZA partners Joe Ahmad, John Zavitsanos, Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi, Todd Mensing, Sammy Ford IV and Tim Shelby were all rated for commercial litigation along with Of Counsel Shawn Bates. Mr. Mensing was also honored for his construction […]

Eleven AZA Associates Make US List of ‘Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch’ for 2021 

HOUSTON – Eleven associates with trial law firm AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, have been named to the list of “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” which honors attorneys for outstanding professional excellence early in their careers.    The honorees are Weining Bai, Cameron Byrd, Nathan Campbell, Justin Chen, Rey Flores, Justin Rowinsky, Neal Sarkar, Monica Uddin, Kelsi Stayart White and Patrick Yarborough, all selected for their commercial litigation work, and Kyril Talanov, chosen […]

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