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Lizzie Fletcher’s Father’s Day Essay about Her Lawyer-Dad Published in Texas Lawbook
June 20, 2017

HOUSTON – A heartfelt essay that trial lawyer Elizabeth “Lizzie” Pannill Fletcher wrote about her lawyer-dad was published in Texas Lawbook for Father’s Day.

In the article headlined “The Stories of my Father,” Ms. Fletcher, a business litigator at Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, recounts what a fine storyteller her dad is and how it influenced her career choice.

“Storytelling, I came to learn, is also his delivery vehicle for the quintessential dad activity: giving advice,” she wrote. “Before he became an oil and gas lawyer, my dad Bill Pannill was a newspaper reporter. And he never lost his newspaperman ways – especially in speaking and writing.”

But once he became a lawyer, the third generation in the family to pursue that career, he loved his work.

“For as long as I can remember, my dad said I should be a lawyer,” Ms. Fletcher wrote. After she finished college and was thinking about graduate school for history or public policy, father and daughter had a heart-to-heart lunch.

“… He took the opportunity to tell me more stories about his life as a lawyer, and what he loved about it. It was true I’d always known he loved his work. And he gave me another piece of useful advice that day: Law is history; law is public policy; and if those are the things that interest and inspire you, be a lawyer.

“In the years that I have been in practice, I have seen how true that is.”

Now, Ms. Fletcher is running for the U.S. House, a candidate for the 7th Congressional District of Texas.

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, and business dispute cases. AZA is recognized in Chambers USA 2017 among the best in Texas commercial law; U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the country’s best commercial litigation firms for 2017; and Law360 as one of only 13 Texas Powerhouse law firms. National corporate counsel named AZA one of the country’s best in client service among law firms serving the Fortune 1000. Read more about the firm at www.azalaw.com.

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