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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 […]

Three More AZA Lawyers Elected Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation

HOUSTON – Three associates of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, have been elected fellows of the philanthropic Texas Bar Foundation, an invitation-only honor. Ifti Ahmed, Rey Flores and Kyle A. Poelker joined 13 other AZA lawyers who already are fellows with the charitable group that was founded in 1965 to assist […]

AZA’s $20M Take-Nothing Verdict for National Oilwell Varco Stands on Appeal

HOUSTON – A Texas appeals court has upheld a take-nothing jury verdict in favor of National Oilwell Varco, L.P., (NYSE: NOV), confirming that a company employee was rightfully fired for a safety violation and not due $20 million in damages for racial discrimination. In the 2016 trial, former NOV employee Dale L. Johnson admitted to […]

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 […]

AZA Lawyer Rey Flores Writes on His Hispanic Heritage and the Value of Mentors

HOUSTON – In an article for Texas Lawbook, Rey Flores, an associate at AZA or Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., wrote about his experiences as a combat veteran in the Middle East and what we can all do to inspire each other. In a bylined article titled, “Señor, usted es un orgullo Hispano,” […]

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 […]

National Oilwell Varco Wins $12 Million After Discovering Ex-Employees’ Fraud

HOUSTON – A federal judge awarded $12.2 million to National Oilwell Varco (NOV) from three former high-level employees based in Dubai who participated in various schemes to defraud and siphon funds from the company. After receiving a whistleblower complaint through NOV’s internal compliance hotline, the global oilfield services company conducted a thorough investigation that ultimately […]

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 […]

Vault Ranks AZA Among Top Mid-Sized US Law Firms, Citing Work Quality, Hiring Selectivity

HOUSTON – AZA is ranked among the nation’s top mid-sized law firms and among the top 10 for quality of work and top 15 for hiring selectivity by Vault rankings. Vault, which just released its 20th law firm ranking guide to help law students and lawyers, included AZA in its “Top 150 Under 150.” This […]

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’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 […]

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