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Dual Honors: Texas Lawyer Names Adam Milasincic ‘Lawyer on the Rise’ and ‘Litigator of the Week’

HOUSTON – Texas Lawyer magazine named AZA lawyer Adam Milasincic “Litigator of the Week” for winning the dismissal of a frivolous lawsuit filed to squelch free speech and also recognized him on a list of young “Lawyers on the Rise” for his overall career accomplishments. Mr. Milasincic’s free speech win was featured in the article […]

AZA Wins Dismissal, Fines for Frivolous Suit over Facebook Post

HOUSTON – Trial lawyer Adam Milasincic has won a dismissal and fines against a Texas couple who filed a frivolous lawsuit to squelch free speech on Facebook. The plaintiffs operate Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, which they describe as an animal shelter in Angleton, Texas. They were ordered to pay nearly $60,000 in fines and legal bills […]

Korean Steel Manufacturer Sanctioned, Forced to Face Breach of Contract Lawsuit in Houston

HOUSTON – A Harris County judge denied a Korean steel manufacturer’s attempt to avoid a lawsuit and sanctioned the company and its lawyers $22,000 for misrepresentations in their court filings in a fraud and breach of contract case brought by AZA’s client, a national pipeline and storage company. The 133rd District Court in Harris County […]

AZA Ranked Among Top Texas Commercial Litigation Firms by Chambers USA

HOUSTON – For the fourth year in a row, Houston trial law boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has earned recognition among Texas’ top commercial litigation firms in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. AZA lawyers were described as “robust litigation specialists with a fast-growing reputation as a feared opponent for […]

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

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, 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 […]

AZA Wins Dismissal of Landry’s Defamation Suit over Houston Aquarium Tigers

HOUSTON – A judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by Landry’s Inc. restaurant chain and its Downtown Aquarium that claimed the Animal Legal Defense Fund defamed Landry’s by publicly commenting on the controversial treatment of four endangered white tigers kept at an aquarium exhibit. Harris County District Judge Steven Kirkland ordered Landry’s to pay $450,000 […]

WSJ: Texas Union Fights to Stay in Bankruptcy after Losing Defamation Case

HOUSTON – The Wall Street Journal reported that one of the country’s largest unions is trying to remain in bankruptcy as it confronts a $7.8 million defamation judgment against it won by Professional Janitorial Service of Houston Inc. in a Harris County court. The Texas branch of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) asked a […]

Animal Legal Defense Fund Files Anti-SLAPP Motion Against Landry’s Defamation Suit

HOUSTON – The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a motion asking a Harris County judge to dismiss a baseless lawsuit filed by Landry’s Inc. and the Downtown Aquarium Inc. that claims the animal protection organization defamed Landry’s restaurant simply by publicly commenting on the long-controversial mistreatment of four white tigers, Nero, Marina, Coral and Reef. […]

AZA Lawyer Zavitsanos Tells Newspaper How Social Media Aids in Jury Selection

HOUSTON – AZA founding partner John Zavitsanos was featured in a Texas Lawyer story explaining how social media research can ferret out crucial information about potential jurors that voir dire and jury questionnaires don’t reveal. The Texas Lawyer article, “Jury Consultants Need Not Apply — Winning Litigator Relies on Web Instead” (subscription required), details how […]

Houston Janitorial Service Wins $7.8 Million from Union Over Disparagement

HOUSTON – A Harris County jury has delivered a $5.3 million verdict against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for wrongly disparaging Professional Janitorial Service of Houston when the company refused to recognize the union without a secret ballot by its employees. The judge added $2.5 million in prejudgement interest for a total of $7.8 […]

Nine from Houston’s AZA Law Firm Earn 2016 Texas Rising Stars Honors

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is proud to announce that nine attorneys from the Houston-based trial law firm have been named to the 2016 Texas Rising Stars list, which recognizes the state’s leading young lawyers. AZA partner Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher and associates Jamie Alan Aycock, Sammy Ford IV, Benjamin […]

AZA Lawyer Adam Milasincic Featured in Legal Magazine Cover Story

HOUSTON – Trial attorney Adam Milasincic of Houston’s Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing, or AZA, is the focus of a cover story published in the Super Lawyers Magazine’s Texas Rising Stars 2016 edition, which recognizes the top young attorneys in the state. The magazine is published by Thomson Reuters legal division, which selects the […]

AZA, Firm Attorneys Again Earn Chambers USA Commercial Litigation Honors

HOUSTON – The Houston trial law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, again has earned recognition among the nation’s top commercial litigation firms in Texas in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In addition to the overall firm’s ranking, AZA partners Joe Ahmad, John Zavitsanos, Demetrios […]

Newspaper Report Focuses on Volunteer Firefighter Death Case

HOUSTON – The case of a Houston-area volunteer firefighter who was needlessly killed in a 2012 training exercise is the focus of a recent Houston Press cover story headlined, “When a Lesson Took a Dangerous Turn, a Room Full of Firefighters Couldn’t Save Neal Smith.” The story chronicles the death of Capt. Neal Wade Smith, […]

Widow of Houston Area Volunteer Firefighter Who Died in Training Exercise Sues Trainers

BEAUMONT, Texas – The widow of a Houston area volunteer firefighter has filed a wrongful death and gross negligence lawsuit in Beaumont state court against several firefighter training groups and individuals for running a training exercise that led to her husband’s death in 2012. Penelope M. Smith filed the lawsuit on July 31 on behalf […]

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