A major portion of AZA’s practice is dedicated to commercial litigation. We have litigated and tried numerous breach of contract and business tort cases, corporate governance matters, officer and director disputes, shareholder claims, accounting malpractice cases, class action suits, and partnership cases. AZA also represents a variety of national companies in intellectual property matters. Our commercial clients include some of the most prominent companies, business leaders and families in the country, in matters in which eight and nine figure damages are at stake. Many of our current business clients are our former adversaries.
Unlike many commercial litigation firms, we routinely try such cases. Our seven partners have collectively tried over 200 cases. Our attorneys graduated from the top universities in the country. As a result, we provide exceptional representation during all phases of complex commercial litigation, whether presenting our client’s position through effective written motions and briefs, oral advocacy to the court, or trial to a jury.
AZA has special expertise in oil and gas/energy cases and in intellectual property cases. We can handle both sides of any case and in 2011 we had three of the top verdicts in Texas as reported by Verdict Search and Texas Lawyer – including victories for plaintiffs in an IP case and in a defamation case and one large financial fee win for a defendant in a trade secret case. All our name partners are board certified. Our IP prowess includes wins up to $391 million and a stable with an attorney/engineer, an attorney/chemist and a patent special master licensed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
We have been recognized by members of the bar as leading trial lawyers in other ways as well. For example, all AZA partners have been recognized on the Texas Super Lawyers list published by Texas Monthly magazine (limited to the top 5% of practicing lawyers in the state). Demetrios Anaipakos has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Business Litigation Lawyers in Houston by Texas Monthly magazine, Joseph Ahmad has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the state by Texas Monthly magazine, and John Zavitsanos has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for the second consecutive year (limited to the top 1% of practicing lawyers as voted upon by members of the bar). The firm has (again) been identified as one of the top business litigation firms in Houston by H-Texas magazine.