Amir H. Alavi


Amir H. Alavi


Amir H. Alavi represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation throughout the United States. He has a particular focus on intellectual property cases and The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2017-2019 has called him an “unflappable advocate that you can greenlight for a billion-dollar case with 100% confidence,” and a “judicious strategist” with an “acute sense of how to present a damages case.”

Mr. Alavi is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction reserved for Texas trial lawyers with a high degree of trial experience and expertise. He has been recognized by attorneys across the country as one of the Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation, is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell and is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. And he has been consistently recognized on the Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers listing and by H Texas magazine as a “Top Lawyer in Houston.”

IAM Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine also said Mr. Alavi “is a commercial litigator par excellence with valuable in-house insight, having previously served as general counsel of a company with 5,000 employees. The savvy case handler knows when to take up arms and when to chase a settlement.”  They also described him as  “someone you can match up against any lawyer in the country and be confident of a win. Drawing on a deep reservoir of trial experience he delivers knife-like advocacy timed to perfection.”

A driving force behind AZA’s intellectual property group, Mr. Alavi was named in 2016 – 2019 by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals as one of the best patent litigators in Texas. He had key roles in AZA IP wins including:

  • Versata Software Inc. et al v. SAP America Inc et al. — Mr. Alavi was a member of the AZA legal team that Versata/Trilogy hired a few months before the retrial of a significant patent case. AZA was tasked with developing the lost profits claim for Versata/Trilogy. With AZA’s help, Versata/Trilogy secured the eventual $391 million patent infringement verdict, the second largest patent verdict reported to Verdict Search nationwide in 2011 as of May 31. Read about the patent verdict here.
  • Rembrandt Wireless  Technologies, LP v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al. —
    Mr. Alavi and the AZA team beat the odds when they obtained a $15.7 million federal jury verdict in Texas in this patent infringement case. Jurors deliberated only one hour to find that Samsung Electronics infringed on two Rembrandt Bluetooth patents. See a news story on the case here.
  • Saint Lawrence Communications v. Motorola. — Mr. Alavi won a $9 million federal jury verdict for Texas-based patent licensing company Saint Lawrence Communications LLC against technology heavyweight Motorola Mobility LLC for patent infringement. The case was tried in the U.S. Eastern District. Media coverage of the case includes Law360 in the story here.
  • XimpleWare, Inc. v. Versata Software Inc., et al. – Represented Versata and its clients in a patent infringement lawsuit, and companion copyright lawsuit, brought by an open source software provider.  Secured dismissal of claims against Versata’s clients and the case was settled on a confidential basis on the eve of a ruling by the Court on a sanctions motion filed by Versata and its clients.

Besides the intellectual property cases, Mr. Alavi has litigated cases involving hedge funds and investment partnerships, securities fraud, mergers, energy trading, software development, natural gas pipelines, oil & gas mineral interests, construction defects, and the automotive industry. Since 2006, he has recovered more than half-a-billion dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Alavi was the general counsel of a privately-held company with over 5,000 employees. While there, he managed the mergers and acquisition department and handled several acquisitions of public and private companies.

Some of Mr. Alavi’s other representative cases include:

  • Houston v. Saracen Energy Advisors, L.P., et al. – Represented a natural gas energy trader in claims for $30 million in bonus and deferred compensation. The case settled on a confidential basis.
  • Culliver v. George Bishop, et al. – Represented the plaintiff, a shareholder of an independent oil and gas company, in a shareholder oppression case seeking over $150 million. The case settled on a confidential basis prior to trial.
  • Brown Investment Management, L.P. v. Parkcentral Global, L.P. – Represented an investor in the Parkcentral hedge fund which, with a related hedge fund, lost over $2.5 billion. In an important case involving hedge funds, Mr. Alavi secured a verdict granting his client access to the fund’s investor list. The case was appealed to the Delaware Supreme Court and affirmed.
  • Mr. Alavi represented the former employee of an independent oil and gas exploration company in an arbitration seeking to recover plaintiff’s $60 million ownership interest in various oil and gas properties. The case was resolved on a confidential basis.
  • Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. v. Columbia Gulf Transmission Co. – Represented Columbia Gulf Transmission Co. in a breach of contract lawsuit involving control (and the original construction) of the Blue Water offshore natural gas pipeline system. Following a bench trial, the case was resolved on a confidential basis.
  • Marc Werner, et al v. KPMG, LLP – Represented limited partners of an investment partnership in a securities fraud case against KPMG. The case was resolved on a confidential basis.
  • WesternGeco, LLC v. GX Technology Corporation, et al. – Represented six employees of GX Technology in a multi-million dollar theft of trade secrets lawsuit by WesternGeco. Secured a voluntary dismissal of all six defendants on the eve of trial.
  • Lenore Schmick Trust, et al v. KPMG, LLP – Represented limited partners of an investment partnership in securities fraud case against KPMG. During trial, the case was resolved on a confidential basis.
  • Collins v. Beazer Homes USA, Inc. et al. – Represented Judy Collins in one of the first Sarbanes-Oxley cases to be filed in federal court.(see Business Week article).
  • Rowe v. Baker Hughes, Inc. – Represented Paula Rowe in ERISA whistleblower and age discrimination case against Baker Hughes.
  • Alan Ferguson v. Baker Hughes, Inc. et al. – Represented Alan Ferguson in a whistleblower lawsuit against Baker Hughes (see New York Times article). As a result of Mr. Ferguson’s allegations, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission began an investigation into Baker Hughes’ business practices (see news article). As a result of that investigation, which expanded to include conduct in other countries, Baker Hughes reached a record $44.1 million settlement with the SEC and Department of Justice which included one of its subsidiaries pleading guilty to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (see Reuters Article). Mr. Ferguson’s case was resolved on a confidential basis.
  • Chung’s Gourmet Foods v. Delta DailyFoods Texas – Represented Chung’s Gourmet Foods, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of egg rolls in a tortuous interference case against Delta DailyFoods. After nearly two weeks of trial, Mr. Alavi and the trial team obtained a verdict and judgment in the amount of nearly $18 million.



AZA Partner Amir Alavi Featured at ABA Intellectual Property Institute

Texas Super Lawyers Again Honors Seven AZA Lawyers; Three Are Top 100

AZA Lawyers Again Named Among Nation’s Best for Commercial, Intellectual Property Litigation and Appellate Law

International IP Guide Honors AZA Among Top Texas Patent Trial Firms for Fifth Year in a Row

AZA Win Over Google in Patent Infringement Dispute Stands

AZA Named Among Top 10 Best-Performing Law Firms in IPR Nationally

AZA Prevails Against Google in Patent Infringement Dispute Appeal Over Spreadsheets

AZA Lawyers Named Among Nation’s Best for Commercial, Patent Litigation and Appellate Law

9 AZA Lawyers Again Named Among Nation’s Best for Commercial, Patent Litigation

International IP Guide Again Honors AZA Among Top Texas Patent Trial Firms

AZA Wins $9M Jury Verdict in Texas Patent Infringement Case Against Motorola

AZA’s Jane Langdell Robinson Earns Prestigious Civil Appellate Law Certification

International IP Guide Lists AZA Among Top Texas Patent Firms Again

Court OKs Litigation Financing in Delaware Intellectual Property Case

ZKey Sues Facebook in California

Texas Court Upholds $15.7 Million Patent Infringement Verdict for Rembrandt Wireless

Houston Litigation Boutique AZA Again Earns ‘Best Law Firms’ National Ranking

AZA Named Among Top US Patent Firms in International IP Guide


  • Stanford University (B.A.)
  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D. with honors)


  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Jerry E. Smith, United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 – 2020
  • Texas Super Lawyers, 2005- 2019
  • Texas Rising Star, 2004-2005
  • IAM Patent 1000 2016-2019 listed as one of the best patent litigators in Texas
  • Houston’s Top Lawyers, 2006-2007, H Texas Magazine
  • Houston’s Top Lawyers for the People, 2005-2009, H Texas Magazine
  • Professionals on the Fast Track, 2004-2005, H Texas Magazine
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Marquis Who’s Who in American Law (14th Edition)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Journal of Public Policy Symposium Edition, 1995
  • The John Olin Foundation Fellowship for the Study of Law and Economics


  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation Life Fellow
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association


  • Amschwand v. Spherion Corp., 505 F.3d 342 (5th Cir. 2007)
  • Gordon v. Cinergy Corp., 2007 WL 471130 (S.D.Tex. 2007)
  • Werner v. KPMG, LLP, 415 F.Supp.2d 688 (S.D.Tex. 2006)
  • Willis v. Donnelly, 199 S.W.3d 262 (Tex. 2006)
  • Collins v. Beazer Homes USA, Inc., 334 F.Supp.2d 1365 (N.D. Ga. 2004)
  • Willis v. Donnelly, 118 S.W.3d 10 (Tex.App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2003)


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