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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. […]

AZA Named Among Top 10 Best-Performing Law Firms in IPR Nationally

HOUSTON – AZA has been ranked among the 10 best-performing law firms in the nation in a study of more than 1,100 law firms active in Inter Partes Review (IPR) patent cases over the past five years. The analysis was conducted by Patexia Inc., a global community of intellectual property professionals. Patexia used federal databases […]

AZA Prevails Against Google in Patent Infringement Dispute Appeal Over Spreadsheets

HOUSTON – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a lower court’s ruling for Google LLC in a dispute over three spreadsheet patents asserted by Data Engine Technologies LLC, a unit of Acacia Research Corp. The appellate court ruled, in a precedential decision, that a Delaware court was incorrect when it tossed […]

AZA Lawyer Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Elected to Congress; Former Firm Lawyer Wins Judgeship

HOUSTON – AZA partner Lizzie Pannill Fletcher won an upset election against a Republican congressman this week to become the first Democrat ever elected to the Houston congressional district once represented by President George H.W. Bush. At the same time, former AZA trial lawyer Lauren Reeder was elected to Harris County’s 234th Civil District Court. […]

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

HOUSTON – For the seventh 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. “This firm is outstanding. They are the best firm […]

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 […]

International IP Guide Honors AZA Among Top Texas Patent Trial Firms for Fourth Year in a Row

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 fourth year now. “Litigation thoroughbred Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos has successfully resolved disputes across virtually all technologies, industry sectors and forums; its […]

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 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 […]

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