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AZA Ranked Among Largest 30 Law Firms and Top Intellectual Property Law Firms by Houston Business Journal

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, was ranked alongside some of the city’s oldest and biggest law firms in the Houston Business Journal’s annual listing of law firms by size and practice area. AZA was included among the 30 largest and made the top 10 list of intellectual property law firms. […]

Demetrios Anaipakos Again Named a Top Texas Litigator by International Who’s Who

HOUSTON – Demetrios Anaipakos, partner with Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C. or AZA, is one of only 28 lawyers selected as top Texas litigators in 2018 by international publication Who’s Who Legal. Established in 1996, Who’s Who Legal is an international listing of legal practitioners in business law. Those selected by the London-based […]

AZA Wins Rare $2 Million Attorneys’ Fees Award for Defendants

HOUSTON – A Harris County judge has taken the unusual step of awarding AZA client Dr. Steven Hotze and his fellow defendants more than $2 million in attorneys’ fees after a jury decided in their favor and delivered a take-nothing verdict. Attorneys’ fees are often awarded to plaintiffs who prevail in a lawsuit, but the […]

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 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’s Patrick Yarborough Elected to Houston Young Lawyers Association Board

HOUSTON – AZA lawyer Patrick Yarborough has been elected to the board of directors of the Houston Young Lawyers Association, which has nine elected positions. Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA) is Houston’s young professionals’ organization and specialty bar association founded in 1937. Membership includes law students, lawyers who are 36 or younger, or those in […]

AZA Wins $1.9 Million Contract Case for CITGO in Delaware Court

WILMINGTON, Delaware – A Delaware Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of CITGO Petroleum Corp., granting a summary judgment in a lawsuit filed against the oil refiner and marketer by Sunline Commercial Carriers. Sunline, a trucking and railway transportation company, claimed CITGO owed money on a one-year oil supply contract that had already expired. Judge […]

AZA Wins Texas Supreme Court Patent Agent Privilege Case That Could Have National Import

HOUSTON – The Texas Supreme Court has become the first state high court to recognize that communications between non-lawyer patent agents and inventor clients are protected by attorney-client privilege. The Texas court found that inventor Andrew Silver, represented by Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, would not have to reveal emails between him and […]

AZA Obtains Judgment for Apache Corp. in Fraud Suit

SAN ANTONIO – Houston lawyer Neal Sarkar, of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, obtained a substantial judgment with punitive damages for Apache Corp. in a fraud suit against an oilfield services vendor. Apache filed suit in 2014, alleging vendor James Mann submitted fraudulent bills for work in the Permian Basin. The […]

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 […]

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, […]

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