From Big Law to Boutique

Why Houston managing partner Sean Gorman and his litigation group chose AZA over big law

Acclaimed trial lawyer Sean Gorman, the former managing partner of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Houston office, was the quintessential big law partner.  Over the past several years, however, he began to understand that the corporations and their in-house attorneys who were hiring his team needed a more flexible platform.  It’s what led him to choose AZA – AZA

“AZA is an exceptional, exciting, and entrepreneurial platform for the trial of business disputes.  It will be the leading Houston-based business and intellectual property litigation boutique of this generation,” explains Mr. Gorman.  He notes that in 2011, for example, the firm had the 2nd largest jury verdict in an IP case in Texas, the 2nd largest verdict in an intentional tort case in Texas, the 3rd largest verdict overall statewide, and the 4th largest defense verdict in a commercial case.

Mr. Gorman handles significant, complicated and high-value U.S. and international business disputes.  He has represented clients based in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East in the energy, chemical, petrochemical, steel, communications, oil field services, medical products, software, accounting, financial services, construction, real estate, and manufacturing industries.

As Mr. Gorman told the Wall Street Journal, he wanted to be part of a smaller practice where lawyers spend more time tackling challenging cases at trial. “My decision to leave Dewey & LeBoeuf was a decision to leave big law,” Gorman told the Wall Street Journal. “If Dewey was still making the huge profits it made in 2007, I still would have made the decision to go.” The story of Mr. Gorman’s arrival at AZA has been covered by an array of media outlets including the ABA Journal, the Houston Business JournalThe Lawyer, and JDJournal.

Mr. Gorman’s highly-credentialed, talented litigation group—Jamie Alan Aycock, Chris Lacy and Lauren Reeder—share his view that AZA is the platform of choice for business litigation in Houston today. All three chose to join AZA over remaining in big law.

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.


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