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National Oilwell Varco Summary Judgment Win Affirmed by U.S. Circuit Court

HOUSTON – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit this month affirmed a Houston federal trial court’s summary judgment and dismissal of a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former National Oilwell Varco (NOV) employee. Bertis E. Valentine alleged he was discriminated against based on his age and a disability when he was not […]

9 AZA Lawyers Again Named Among Nation’s Best for Commercial, Patent Litigation

HOUSTON – Nine lawyers with the Houston commercial and intellectual property litigation firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, earned selection to the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. AZA partners Joe Ahmad, John Zavitsanos, Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi, Todd Mensing, Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher, Steve Mitby and Tim Shelby, and of counsel […]

Dual Honors: Texas Lawyer Names Adam Milasincic ‘Lawyer on the Rise’ and ‘Litigator of the Week’

HOUSTON – Texas Lawyer magazine named AZA lawyer Adam Milasincic “Litigator of the Week” for winning the dismissal of a frivolous lawsuit filed to squelch free speech and also recognized him on a list of young “Lawyers on the Rise” for his overall career accomplishments. Mr. Milasincic’s free speech win was featured in the article […]

AZA Wins Dismissal, Fines for Frivolous Suit over Facebook Post

HOUSTON – Trial lawyer Adam Milasincic has won a dismissal and fines against a Texas couple who filed a frivolous lawsuit to squelch free speech on Facebook. The plaintiffs operate Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, which they describe as an animal shelter in Angleton, Texas. They were ordered to pay nearly $60,000 in fines and legal bills […]

Lizzie Fletcher’s Father’s Day Essay about Her Lawyer-Dad Published in Texas Lawbook

HOUSTON – A heartfelt essay that trial lawyer Elizabeth “Lizzie” Pannill Fletcher wrote about her lawyer-dad was published in Texas Lawbook for Father’s Day. In the article headlined “The Stories of my Father,” Ms. Fletcher, a business litigator at Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, recounts what a fine storyteller her dad […]

Jane Robinson to Argue Patent Agent Privilege Before Texas Supreme Court

HOUSTON – Appellate and trial lawyer Jane Langdell Robinson of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, will argue before the Texas Supreme Court that patent agents advising their inventor-clients should be granted the same confidentiality that lawyers are given with their clients. The case, In Re Andrew Silver, Case No. 16-0682, is […]

Korean Steel Manufacturer Sanctioned, Forced to Face Breach of Contract Lawsuit in Houston

HOUSTON – A Harris County judge denied a Korean steel manufacturer’s attempt to avoid a lawsuit and sanctioned the company and its lawyers $22,000 for misrepresentations in their court filings in a fraud and breach of contract case brought by AZA’s client, a national pipeline and storage company. The 133rd District Court in Harris County […]

Prime Natural Resources Wins $41.6 Million in Wellsure Insurance Dispute

HOUSTON – A Houston jury awarded Prime Natural Resources Inc. $41.6 million in an insurance breach of contract dispute with certain underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, over offshore oil facilities damaged by Hurricane Rita 12 years ago. After six weeks of testimony, the state district court jury in Harris County awarded a remarkable $27.3 million in […]

AZA on National List with Big Law for ‘Best Branded’ in GC Survey

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is being recognized as one of the “best branded” law firms in the country based on a survey of corporate counsel at the world’s most influential companies. AZA made the BTI Brand Elite 2017 list along with some of the biggest law firms in […]

Animal Legal Defense Fund Files Anti-SLAPP Motion Against Landry’s Defamation Suit

HOUSTON – The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a motion asking a Harris County judge to dismiss a baseless lawsuit filed by Landry’s Inc. and the Downtown Aquarium Inc. that claims the animal protection organization defamed Landry’s restaurant simply by publicly commenting on the long-controversial mistreatment of four white tigers, Nero, Marina, Coral and Reef. […]

AZA Lawyer Zavitsanos Tells Newspaper How Social Media Aids in Jury Selection

HOUSTON – AZA founding partner John Zavitsanos was featured in a Texas Lawyer story explaining how social media research can ferret out crucial information about potential jurors that voir dire and jury questionnaires don’t reveal. The Texas Lawyer article, “Jury Consultants Need Not Apply — Winning Litigator Relies on Web Instead” (subscription required), details how […]

FMC Technologies, Employee Force Cameron to Drop Non-Compete Suit in Texas

HOUSTON – Cameron International Corp. dropped a non-compete agreement lawsuit against oilfield services company FMC Technologies Singapore Pte Ltd and one of its employees after losing key motions in court. U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas in Houston granted a joint motion to dismiss the case with prejudice. She previously found that Cameron’s non-compete contract was […]

FMC Technologies and Employee Win Key First Round Against Cameron in Non-Compete Case

HOUSTON – A Texas federal judge ruled for oilfield services company FMC Technologies Singapore Pte Ltd and one of its employees in a non-compete agreement fight with competitor Cameron International Corp. where the FMC employee previously worked. U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas found that Cameron’s non-compete contract was overly broad and rejected the company’s motion […]

AZA Named to Best Law Firms in US List For Fifth Year

HOUSTON – For the fifth 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. Houston’s AZA is listed in the 2017 top tier […]

Houston-based AZA Law Firm, Partners Recognized by Benchmark Litigation

HOUSTON – Houston complex commercial litigation law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, and three partners are recognized in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation. The list serves as a national peer-review guide to top law firms and attorneys. AZA received a “Recommended” rating from Benchmark Litigation, now in its ninth […]

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