Houston Litigator Steven Mitby of AZA Wins Exoneration Letter for Port Executive
December 15, 2011

HOUSTON – Houston litigator Steven Mitby, a partner in the complex commercial litigation firm AZA, won a rare letter of exoneration from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office on behalf of Port of Houston Authority CEO Alec Dryer.

Mr. Mitby represented Mr. Dreyer after media reports questioned the use of a Port boat during a promotional tour and raised issues about how the boat’s records were maintained. In a letter issued Dec. 9, 2011, the Harris County DA officially exonerated Mr. Dreyer, saying he followed Port policies and complied with the law in his role as CEO. The complete letter is available here.

“This kind of letter is virtually unprecedented in Harris County,” says Mr. Mitby. “Because of the district attorney’s thorough and fair investigation, the public now knows that Mr. Dreyer has been vindicated and the false allegations against him have been put to rest.”

Mr. Dreyer personally requested the District Attorney’s review of the media allegations and worked with Mr. Mitby to secure the exoneration letter because it is important that the public know the truth. The official statement from Mr. Mitby and Mr. Dreyer can be read here. Media coverage of the exoneration included this Houston Chronicle story, this Houston NBC affiliate story and this KUHF radio story.

AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, 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 one of only 32 firms in the U.S. to be recognized as “awesome opponents” in a nationwide poll of corporate general counsel who were asked to name the law firms they hope their companies never have to face in court. In fact, AZA has been hired on many occasions by the same companies the firm has prevailed against at trial. More information about the firm can be found at


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