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Appellate Court Confirms AZA’s Successful Dismissal of Landry’s Defamation Suit over Caged Tigers in Houston

HOUSTON – The Texas 14th Court of Appeals upheld a judge’s dismissal of 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 criticizing the treatment of four endangered white tigers kept at the aquarium. The appellate court found that Harris County […]

Dr. Steven Hotze and Two Brothers Win Take-Nothing Verdict in Family Business Dispute

HOUSTON – AZA lawyers secured a take-nothing jury verdict for well-known Houstonian Dr. Steven Hotze and two of his brothers, who were accused of fraud, securities violations, and breaching their fiduciary duties involving family business operations. The lawsuit was filed by two other Hotze brothers who alleged that nearly every transaction over the past four […]

Texas Super Lawyers Again Honors Nine AZA Lawyers; Two Are Tops in State

HOUSTON – All eight partners and one lawyer who is of counsel with the commercial litigation firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, have earned selection to the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers listing. Two of those lawyers rank among the top 100 attorneys in Texas. AZA partners and co-founders Joe Ahmad and […]

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

HOUSTON – Ten lawyers with Houston trial law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, won national recognition in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. AZA partners Joe Ahmad, John Zavitsanos, Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi, Todd Mensing, Steve Mitby, Tim Shelby and Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher, and of counsel David […]

AZA Meets Big Law Pay Scale Starting New Lawyers at $195k

HOUSTON – John Zavitsanos, a founding partner of Houston trial lawyer boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C. or AZA, announced today that the firm will match the $195,000 salary and bonus for new lawyers started by Big Law. But he said the cost to AZA clients will not go up. The added expense […]

AZA Has Many Houston Clients Among Nations’ Most Valuable Branded Companies

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has many clients among the Houston companies recognized on Brand Finance’s list of 500 Most Valuable American Brands for 2018. The Houston Business Journal reported on the Bayou City’s top brands in “Study: These Houston companies rank among America’s most valuable brands” and the […]

AZA Partner John Zavitsanos Organizes Summit on Religious Freedom

NEW YORK – AZA founding partner John Zavitsanos helped organize leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States for a religious freedom summit focusing on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Turkey. Mr. Zavitsanos helped gather 30 Orthodox Christians who were guided by Archbishop Demetrios, head of the Greek Orthodox […]

AZA Ranked Again Among Top Texas Commercial Litigation Firms by Prestigious Chambers USA

HOUSTON – For the fifth year, Houston trial law boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has been named among Texas’ top general commercial litigation firms in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. AZA lawyers were described in the 2018 edition as “robust litigation specialists with a fast-growing reputation as a feared opponent […]

AZA Scores One of the Nation’s Top 100 Verdicts of 2017

HOUSTON – The National Law Journal and VerdictSearch rated AZA’s $41.6 Million jury win for client Prime Natural Resources in a Wellsure insurance dispute as one of the top verdicts nationally for 2017. The Harris County jury verdict in the breach of contract case was listed as the 46th largest in the U.S. The list […]

AZA’s Cameron Byrd One of Just Six Associates Selected Nationally for Best Client Service

HOUSTON – AZA lawyer Cameron Byrd has been recognized with only five other law firm associates nationwide for providing superior service to clients in BTI Client Services All-Stars 2018. BTI Consulting Group interviewed more than 350 in-house counsel for feedback on attorneys who exhibited high-quality service through responsiveness and a heightened sense of their clients’ […]

Fourteen AZA Lawyers Earn 2018 Texas Rising Stars Accolades

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is proud to announce that 14 firm attorneys have been named to the 2018 Texas Rising Stars list, which recognizes the state’s leading young lawyers. For the second consecutive year, AZA associate Sammy Ford IV was named a “Top 100 Texas Up & Coming” lawyer for […]

Former NOV Employee Begins Serving Prison Term for Felony Theft

HOUSTON – Former National Oilwell Varco, L.P., (NOV) management employee Royce G. Binnion Jr. recently began serving a five-year prison term for first-degree felony theft, an outgrowth of a civil suit judgment lawyers at Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA secured for client NOV. Mr. Binnion was convicted of perpetrating a long-running […]

Jury Asks to Award More Than Requested in Case AZA Joined on Eve of Trial

HOUSTON – Federal court jurors asked the judge if they could award a larger amount plus attorneys’ fees to a company represented by AZA lawyers in a breach of contract case. That remarkable query came in a trial in which attorneys from Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, joined at the last […]

AZA Listed Among Top Corporate and Energy Law Firms by Houston Business Journal

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is again on the Houston Business Journal’s list of leading Houston law firms, included among the 20 firms with the largest corporate law and the largest energy law practices. The Houston Business Journal Book of Lists 2017-2018 names the largest companies in Houston from […]

AZA Named to Best Law Firms List for Sixth Year by National Ranking Guide

HOUSTON – For the sixth year in a row, the commercial litigation and intellectual property firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is being recognized among the nation’s Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America. “Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing is our go-to […]

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