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US Supreme Court Won’t Overturn NOV Win in $120M Discrimination Suit

HOUSTON – A $120 million discrimination lawsuit against oilfield equipment supplier National Oilwell Varco LP (NOV) has died on appeal as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider a petition for review filed by eight former NOV employees. The employees lost their discrimination case in a Houston trial in 2015. They had argued to the […]

Second-Year AZA Lawyers Win Complex Federal Lending Jury Verdict

HOUSTON – In a jury verdict that will mean recovery of $1 million for its insurance company clients, two 2015 University of Texas School of Law graduates prevailed in a complex and relatively uncommon Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) secured credit dispute involving insurance company claims over structured-settlement payments, secured lending investments, and competing judgments. Ahmad, […]

National Oilwell Varco Summary Judgment Win Affirmed by U.S. Circuit Court

HOUSTON – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit this month affirmed a Houston federal trial court’s summary judgment and dismissal of a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former National Oilwell Varco (NOV) employee. Bertis E. Valentine alleged he was discriminated against based on his age and a disability when he was not […]

AZA’s Law Offices Win Best in Houston Interior Design Award

HOUSTON – AZA’s sleek, bold offices, already recognized in Houston for its distinctive design, have now won honors from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). The IIDA Texas/Oklahoma Chapter awarded the office, devised by architect Abel Design Group, the Best in City Center honor for Houston in the large corporate category for businesses occupying more […]

AZA Law Firm, Three Partners Recognized Again by Benchmark Litigation

HOUSTON – Houston complex commercial litigation and intellectual property law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, and three firm partners have earned recognition in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a peer-review guide to top lawyers and firms. AZA received a “Recommended” rating for the third time from Benchmark Litigation. Now […]

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

HOUSTON – Nine lawyers with commercial litigation firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, have earned selection to the 2017 Texas Super Lawyers listing. Two of those lawyers rank among the top 100 attorneys in Texas. AZA partners and co-founders Joe Ahmad and John Zavitsanos are recognized among Super Lawyers’ Top 100 […]

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

HOUSTON – Nine lawyers with the Houston commercial and intellectual property litigation firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, earned selection to the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. AZA partners Joe Ahmad, John Zavitsanos, Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi, Todd Mensing, Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher, Steve Mitby and Tim Shelby, and of counsel […]

AZA Earns Recognition Among Firms with Best Client Relations in Nation

HOUSTON – The Houston-based litigation and intellectual property firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has been recognized in the BTI Power Rankings for 2017 as one of the country’s top law firms for client relations. BTI Consulting Group, which researches client service, bases its power rankings on a survey of Fortune […]

Lizzie Fletcher’s Father’s Day Essay about Her Lawyer-Dad Published in Texas Lawbook

HOUSTON – A heartfelt essay that trial lawyer Elizabeth “Lizzie” Pannill Fletcher wrote about her lawyer-dad was published in Texas Lawbook for Father’s Day. In the article headlined “The Stories of my Father,” Ms. Fletcher, a business litigator at Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, recounts what a fine storyteller her dad […]

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

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is recommended as one of the top patent litigation firms in Texas by London-based intellectual property magazine Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) for the third year running. In addition to the firm’s overall honors highlighted in the IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent […]

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 […]

Prime Natural Resources Wins $41.6 Million in Wellsure Insurance Dispute

HOUSTON – A Houston jury awarded Prime Natural Resources Inc. $41.6 million in an insurance breach of contract dispute with certain underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, over offshore oil facilities damaged by Hurricane Rita 12 years ago. After six weeks of testimony, the state district court jury in Harris County awarded a remarkable $27.3 million in […]

AZA’s Sleek New Office Named Landmark Awards Finalist by Houston Business Journal

HOUSTON – AZA’s modern and formidable new office was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Landmark Awards by the Houston Business Journal in the Rehabilitation/Renovation category. The 34,000-square-foot office on the 25th floor of the LyondellBasell Tower at 1221 McKinney St. is visually imposing. Read the HBJ story here http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2017/04/21/hbj-2017-landmark-awards-rehabilitation-renovation.html. “AZA Law Firm wanted […]

US Appeals Court Upholds Verdict for National Oilwell Varco in $120 Million Suit

HOUSTON – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has upheld a Houston federal jury verdict that found National Oilwell Varco LP (NOV) did not racially discriminate against African-American workers, who had sought $120 million in damages. A three-judge panel unanimously rejected the appeal filed on behalf of eight minority employees of the […]

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