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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 […]

Houston City Council Settles Fire Department Discrimination Lawsuit, Agrees to Federal Consent Decree

HOUSTON – The Houston City Council has settled an employment discrimination lawsuit filed by Houston firefighter Jane Draycott in a case that started in 2009 when racist and sexist slurs were scrawled across her belongings, including on a photo of her dead daughter. Ms. Draycott received $275,000 from the city as part of the settlement, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Beats the Odds for Energy Company in Tragic Oklahoma Explosion  

McALESTER, Okla. – Following three weeks of grisly testimony about a tragic 2018 oil rig explosion that killed five, jurors nevertheless found that AZA client National Oilwell Varco (NOV) was only 10 percent responsible. The jury found other companies that had already settled out of the case for significant amounts were 90 percent at fault.  The devastating accident was the industry’s deadliest since the Deepwater Horizon explosion […]

International ‘Who’s Who Legal’ Honors Demetrios Anaipakos Among Top Litigators in Texas 

HOUSTON – AZA partner Demetrios Anaipakos has again been named by the international publication Who’s Who Legal as one of the top litigators in Texas.  Mr. Anaipakos was included among 18 high-level trial lawyers in Houston honored in the respected publication’s most recent listing. Established in 1996, Who’s Who Legal is an international listing of legal practitioners in business law. Those selected by […]

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 […]

Two More AZA Lawyers Elected Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation 

HOUSTON – Two associates of AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., have been elected fellows of the invitation-only philanthropic Texas Bar Foundation.  Jason McManis and Jordan Warshauer join 12 other AZA lawyers who already are fellows with the charitable group that was founded in 1965 to assist the public and improve the profession of law.   Fellows of the foundation […]

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 Named Among Best-Performing Law Firms in IPR Patent Work Nationally

HOUSTON – AZA has been ranked the 12th best-performing law firm in the nation in a study of more than 900 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 to […]

Texas Super Lawyers Again Honors Seven AZA Lawyers; Three Are Top 100

HOUSTON – Seven lawyers with the commercial litigation firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, earned selection to the 2019 Texas Super Lawyers listing. AZA founders Joe Ahmad and John Zavitsanos are recognized again among Super Lawyers’ Top 100 attorneys both in Texas and in Houston. Partner Demetrios Anaipakos is again listed […]

Vault Puts AZA Among Top Five Midsize Firms for Job Satisfaction, Work Quality

HOUSTON – AZA is ranked among the nation’s top five midsize law firms for quality of work and job satisfaction, and among the top 10 for compensation and other key qualities by Vault, based on surveys of law firm associates. Vault, which provides ratings of thousands of employers, just released its 2020 law firm ranking […]

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