Nine from Houston’s AZA Law Firm Earn 2017 Texas Rising Stars Honors
March 8, 2017

HOUSTON – AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, is pleased to announce that nine firm attorneys have been named to the 2017 Texas Rising Stars list, which recognizes the state’s leading young lawyers.

AZA associate Sammy Ford IV was named a “Top 100 Texas Up & Coming” lawyer for his personal injury litigation skills. Associates Jamie Alan Aycock, Benjamin Foster, Adam Milasincic and Monica Uddin were selected to the 2017 listing in recognition of their business litigation skills. Firm associates Alisa Lipski, Michael McBride and Kyril Talanov were recognized for their work in intellectual property litigation, and associate Ryan Hackney was selected for his civil litigation expertise.

Texas Rising Stars, published by Thomson Reuters’ legal division, is an exclusive list of the state’s top lawyers who are age 40 or younger and those who have been in practice no more than 10 years.

“These outstanding attorneys excel in complex litigation and intellectual property and are equally effective representing either side. We are proud to have them at this firm and not surprised to see them on this list,” says John Zavitsanos, an AZA founding partner.

Mr. Ford is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His practice ranges from catastrophic personal injury cases to class actions to business torts. He is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and has been selected for the Rising Stars list five times.

Mr. Aycock focuses on complex commercial and appellate litigation, including contract disputes, fraud and business torts. A Harvard Law graduate, this is his fourth time to be named to the list.

This is the third appearance on the Texas Rising Stars list for Mr. Foster, who represents clients in commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation. The University of Chicago Law School graduate has handled a number of software licensing, patent, trade secret and complex commercial matters.

This is Mr. Hackney’s first time on the list. He is a commercial litigator who has represented energy companies in a variety of disputes. A graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Hackney worked as a management consultant and writer before attending the University of Texas School of Law.

Ms. Lipski focuses on patent infringement litigation and appeals, including successfully litigating patent issues covering software, satellite, oilfield and medical technology. A graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, she is making her fifth appearance on the Texas Rising Stars list.

This is the second time Mr. McBride has been named to the list of the state’s top young attorneys. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, he is an intellectual property lawyer who focuses primarily on patent litigation and patent prosecution matters.

Mr. Milasincic’s practice centers on complex commercial litigation involving multimillion-dollar contract disputes, partnership break-ups, business torts and more. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, and this is his third time to make the list.

Mr. Talanov’s practice focuses on intellectual property matters, including patent and trade secret litigation. Before attending the University of Houston Law Center he was a process engineer in the areas of oil, gas, and petrochemicals technology. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and graduated cum laude from Texas Tech University. This is his first selection to the list.

Ms. Uddin is a trial lawyer who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation. She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a Levitan Scholar. This is her fifth selection to the Texas Rising Stars list.

The complete Texas Rising Stars list can be found in the April 2017 issues of Texas Monthly and the Texas Rising Stars edition of Super Lawyers magazine, and online at

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, and business dispute cases. AZA is recognized in Chambers USA 2016 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.



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