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Judge Daryl Moore Joins AZA’s Appellate Practice 

HOUSTON – Accomplished appellate and trial lawyer and former Harris County Judge Daryl Moore joins AZA’s appellate practice in 2021.  Judge Moore was called one of the best judges in Harris County when he served on the bench in the 333rd District Court. He has been lauded for his performance on the bench, for his service to the Houston Bar Association and as an advocate for law libraries.  “Judge Moore has […]

AZA Named to Best Law Firms List for Ninth Year by US News – Best Lawyers

HOUSTON – For the ninth year in a row, commercial litigation and intellectual property firm AZA is being recognized among the nation’s Best Law Firms in 2021 by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America.  One of the firm’s clients, the CEO of a sealing products company, said of AZA’s lawyers: “(They) are the very best civil trial […]

Vault Career Guide Puts AZA among Top 20 Midsize Firms in US, Top 5 in Texas 

HOUSTON – AZA is ranked among the top 20 midsize law firms for 2021 by Vault, the widely respected career guide and job-ranking service that relies on surveys of law firm associates.   In Texas, the firm ranked No. 4 among midsize law firms. Nationally, the firm ranked 19th. As one of the best firms to work for, AZA made the top 10 list in the categories of career outlook […]

AZA Ranked Among Top 10 Houston Intellectual Property Law Firms for 2020

HOUSTON – AZA is again on the Houston Business Journal’s list of the top 10 Houston intellectual property law firms.  The HBJ’s 2020 list of the largest Houston-area intellectual property law firms (subscription required) recognizes AZA as the ninth–largest IP firm in Texas’ largest city.   AZA has 14 lawyers in its IP stable, including experienced trial lawyers and lawyers with technical backgrounds in chemistry, electrical engineering, software and biochemistry. […]

Sammy Ford IV is Named AZA Partner 

HOUSTON – Sammy Ford IV has been named a new partner at AZA.  A highly acclaimed lawyer, Mr. Ford has tried more than two dozen cases before judges, juries and arbitrators around the United States. He has successfully represented businesses and individuals, both plaintiffs and defendants, in a wide range of civil litigation including in cases worth more than $40 million.  “Sammy is a superb lawyer, bringing intelligence, creativity and deep experience to every […]

AZA Health Care Client Sees Administrative Judge’s Order Overturned 

HOUSTON – A federal district judge reversed an administrative law judge’s ruling that could have excluded an AZA health care client from participating in federal health care programs, including Medicare or Medicaid, for 15 years.    U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Edison granted the summary judgment motion AZA filed on its client’s behalf. He reversed the administrative judge’s exclusion order requested by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health […]

For Seventh Year, Prestigious Chambers USA Ranks AZA Among Top Texas Commercial Litigation Firms 

HOUSTON – For the seventh year, Houston commercial litigation and intellectual property boutique AZA has been named among Texas’ top general commercial litigation firms in the Chambers USA guide. Four of the firm lawyers are recognized in the 2020 edition individually for their legal prowess.  Partners John Zavitsanos and Todd Mensing are ranked for their general commercial litigation experience. Partner Demetrios Anaipakos is ranked for his intellectual property expertise, and partner Joe Ahmad is ranked for his labor and employment work for […]

John Zavitsanos Earns Recertification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy 

HOUSTON – AZA co-founder John Zavitsanos has been recertified in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy after completing a rigorous review process. Mr. Zavitsanos is also board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The state and national certifications are awarded based on a review process that results in only a small percentage of lawyers earning certification. The national trial advocacy board’s screening criteria includes demonstration of substantial trial experience; submission of judicial […]

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

HOUSTON – AZA was included among the 30 largest law firms and the top 10 intellectual property law firms in the Houston Business Journal’s Book of Lists 2019-2020.   The newspaper’s annual list names the largest companies in Houston in a variety of sectors, including the legal industry. AZA was ranked the eighth largest IP law firm and the 30th […]

AZA Wins Another Appellate Ruling for Businesswoman Defamed and Threatened by Facebook Posts 

HOUSTON – In a significant ruling upholding the ability of courts to protect individuals from threatening online speech, the Texas First Court of Appeals affirmed an earlier decision by a Harris County judge ordering two defendants to delete social media posts that had encouraged violence against a Houston businesswoman and her family.    The ruling stems from a temporary injunction obtained by AZA in August 2018 on behalf of a Vietnamese-American businesswoman who was […]

AZA Gets Turkey Leg Hut Restaurant Lawsuit Dissolved in Two Weeks 

HOUSTON – Residents who had filed a lawsuit against a popular local restaurant named Turkey Leg Hut dropped their case just two weeks after AZA lawyers put up an aggressive defense on behalf of the restaurant owners.  The lawsuit had alleged health problems from barbecue pit smoke. But AZA lawyers discovered emails that showed the residents’ real goal was simply to get the establishment […]

AZA Named to Best Law Firms List for Eighth Year by US News – Best Lawyers

HOUSTON – For the eighth year in a row, commercial litigation and intellectual property firm AZA is being recognized among the nation’s Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America. One of the firm’s clients, the general counsel of a global manufacturer, called the AZA team “the very […]

AZA Prevails for Apache Corp. at Texas Supreme Court in Oil & Gas Arbitration Dispute

HOUSTON – AZA lawyers prevailed for client Apache Corp. before the Texas Supreme Court, which declined to review a lower court ruling that upheld Apache’s motion to compel arbitration and denied its opponent Wagner Oil’s attempt to stay arbitration. In late 2017, Apache initiated arbitration against Wagner Oil to recover over $15 million in legal […]

AZA Wins First Amendment Appellate Ruling for Client Defamed on Facebook

HOUSTON – The Texas First Court of Appeals ruled that a Harris County judge properly refused to dismiss a Facebook defamation case on First Amendment grounds. The appeals court sent the case back to the trial court for further proceedings. The two defendants in a defamation suit filed by AZA’s client had appealed the Harris […]

AZA Partner Amir Alavi Featured at ABA Intellectual Property Institute

SAN ANTONIO – AZA partner Amir Alavi shared his IP trial lawyer insights as a featured speaker recently at the third annual CLE Institute on Intellectual Property Law hosted by the American Bar Association. The Institute explores new developments, emerging issues and best practices in IP law. Mr. Alavi spoke on “What Litigators Wish Transactional […]

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