Houston Law Firm AZA Named Among City’s Largest Energy Practices by Houston Business Journal
April 25, 2014
HOUSTON – Commercial litigation boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has earned selection to the Houston Business Journal’s 2014 list of local law firms with the largest energy practices.
The list, which appears in the April 25 issue, is based on the number of energy lawyers working in Houston-area firms. This marks the first time AZA has appeared in the listing. AZA tied for the 15th largest energy practice among all Houston firms with 20 lawyers practicing in oil and gas and energy law. The firm has the seventh-highest concentration of energy lawyers with 72 percent of its lawyers practicing in energy law.
AZA has represented some of the nation’s largest energy and oil and gas companies, including Plains All American Pipeline, National Oilwell Varco, Noble Energy Inc. and Apache Corp.
“It is gratifying to see our deep-benched boutique listed among so many longtime, big-name Houston energy firms. We regularly beat bigger firms in court and we belong there,” says AZA founding partner and acclaimed litigator John Zavitsanos.
For example, just last year, AZA took over a case from a nationally respected Houston firm with extremely experienced lawyers and devised a new winning strategy for a large energy company in a $93 million real estate contamination suit. AZA reframed the dispute by developing an inventive argument based on contractual analysis and complex federal bankruptcy law.
Mr. Zavitsanos was named one of the top 100 leaders in the Houston Business Journal’s competitive Houston Who’s Who in Energy rankings in 2013. Also named in the Who’s Who energy publication were AZA partners Sean Gorman and Todd Mensing.
Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., 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 Chambers USA 2014 as among the best in Texas commercial law and by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the country’s best commercial litigation firms in the 2014 listing of the nation’s leading law firms. National corporate counsel named AZA one of the country’s best in client service among law firms serving the Fortune 1000.