Houston Law Boutique AZA Wins International Intellectual Property Client Choice Award
September 3, 2013

HOUSTON – The Houston law boutique AZA, or AZA, is being honored as the Texas Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year by the firm’s clients and the publishers of Global Law Experts, a United Kingdom-based guide to leading attorneys throughout the world.

AZA is named in the “Client Choice – IP Law Firm of the Year in Texas” category as part of the 2013 International Global Law Experts Awards. The client choice award is based on a combination of internal research at Global Law Experts and external voting and nominations from in-house counsel, business directors, bar associations and others.

“This honor is very gratifying to our patent and intellectual property lawyers. Our singular focus remains our clients’ success in the courtroom, and we are proud of the results we have achieved.  Our practice has never been more interesting or robust, and we are excited about the great work that lies ahead,” says AZA partner Demetrios Anaipakos.

AZA attorneys have experienced great success representing clients in IP and IP-related cases throughout the world, including Europe and the Middle East. The firm regularly handles patent infringement, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases. The patent litigation experience provided by AZA includes everything from representing a major utility on international call-blocking technology, to a transportation company dispute over roadside safety technology, to working with software companies and computer hardware manufacturers in variety of patent cases.

AZA’s IP stable includes Mr. Anaipakos, Amir Alavi, Steve Mitby, David Warden, Alisa Lipski and Brian E. Simmons.  Mr. Anaipakos and Mr. Alavi are board-certified trial lawyers who worked alongside Mr. Mitby and co-counsel to help secure a $391 million patent verdict in 2011. Mr. Warden, also a board-certified trial lawyer, is licensed as a patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and has been appointed by federal courts as a special master and mediator in patent litigation. Ms. Lipski also is licensed to practice before the USPTO. Mr. Simmons was a senior research chemist prior to practicing law.

AZA, or 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, intellectual property, securities fraud, construction and business dispute cases. AZA is recognized by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the country’s best commercial litigation firms. National corporate counsel named AZA one of the country’s best in client service among law firms serving the Fortune 1000. Read more at


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