Nine AZA Lawyers Named Among Nation’s Best for Commercial, Patent Litigation
August 17, 2015

HOUSTON – Nine lawyers from the nationally acclaimed Houston litigation boutique AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, are being recognized in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America based on their work in commercial litigation and patent litigation.

AZA attorneys Joseph Ahmad, John Zavitsanos, Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi, Todd Mensing, Tim Shelby, Steve Mitby, Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher and David Warden all are recognized among the nation’s best. Mr. Warden earned selection based on his expertise in patent litigation, and the other AZA attorneys are honored for their representation of clients in commercial litigation. The nine lawyers recognized for their courtroom abilities and trial track records make up a quarter of this powerhouse boutique firm. This showing represents more commercial litigators on this national list than at some of the largest law firms in Houston.

Best Lawyers honorees are selected through a peer-review survey relying on confidential evaluations by other lawyers in the same and related specialties. Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication covering the legal profession.

The 2016 edition of Best Lawyers marks the 11th year that AZA founding partners Mr. Ahmad and Mr. Zavitsanos have earned selection. Mr. Anaipakos has been recognized among the nation’s best for six years. Mr. Alavi and Mr. Mensing earned their fourth and third selections, respectively. Mr. Shelby and Mr. Warden made the list for a second year, and Mr. Mitby and Ms. Fletcher are new to the list this year.

AZA is home to true courtroom lawyers with a formidable track record in complex commercial litigation, including energy, intellectual property, and business dispute cases. AZA was named Litigation Firm of the Year by Texas Lawyer newspaper this year in the category for small law firms.

AZA is recognized in Chambers USA 2015 among the best in Texas in commercial law; U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the country’s best commercial litigation firms in 2015; and Law360 as a Texas Powerhouse law firm and one of the 10 best boutiques in the nation that beat BigLaw. National corporate counsel named AZA one of the country’s most feared firms in court and one of the best in client service among law firms serving the Fortune 1000. Read more at


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