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Nine AZA Lawyers On the Super Lawyers List; Two in Texas Top 100 

HOUSTON – Nine AZA lawyers earned 2022 recognition by Texas Super Lawyers for excellence in business litigation and appellate work.  AZA co-founders Joe Ahmad and John Zavitsanos were both listed among the Top 100 lawyers in Texas and in Houston. Mr. Zavitsanos, who was highlighted in the article “Going 20 for 20”  in Super Lawyers […]

Ten AZA Lawyers Ranked among US Best for Commercial, Intellectual Property, Appellate and Personal Injury Litigation for 2023 

HOUSTON – Ten lawyers with AZA are being recognized in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the nation’s oldest peer review guide to leading lawyers.   AZA partners Joe Ahmad, John Zavitsanos, Todd Mensing, Tim Shelby, and Sammy Ford IV were all rated for commercial litigation along with Of Counsels Shawn Bates and […]

AZA Forces OFSI’s Competitor To Give Up In Multi-Round Trade Secret Litigation 

Houston – AZA recently brought an end to a complex battle that a competitor waged against its client OFS International LLC (OFSI), which is primarily a manufacturer of proprietary threadings for casing pipe and tools used in oil wells. In this legal battle spanning across three cases in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts, OFSI’s former affiliate-turned competitor, IPSCO Tubulars, Inc. and its subsidiary Ultra Premium Services, LLC (collectively, IPSCO), claimed OFSI misappropriated trade secrets […]

Ten AZA Lawyers Make Super Lawyers List; Four Rank among Top 100 

HOUSTON – Ten AZA lawyers have earned recognition for 2021 by Texas Super Lawyers, and four have made the Top 100 list. AZA co-founders Joe Ahmad and John Zavitsanos are once again being honored among the top 100 lawyers in Texas for their noteworthy trial skills. Mr. Zavitsanos was chosen for his business litigation work and Mr. Ahmad was selected for his expertise in labor and employment law. Name partners Amir Alavi and Demetrios Anaipakos made the top 100 […]

AZA Earns Texas Super Lawyers Honors; Three Make Top 100 Lists 

HOUSTON – Seven lawyers with AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., have earned recognition for 2020 by Texas Super Lawyers, a peer-review guide to the state’s top attorneys.   AZA co-founders Joe Ahmad and John Zavitsanos are once again being honored among the top 100 lawyers in the state for their exceptional trial skills. Mr. Ahmad was selected for his labor and employment law expertise, and Mr. Zavitsanos was chosen for his […]

AZA Trial Lawyers Among Nation’s Best for Commercial, Intellectual Property Litigation and Appellate Law for 2021 

HOUSTON – Twelve attorneys with AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., have earned recognition in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the nation’s oldest peer review guide to top lawyers.    AZA partners Joe Ahmad, John Zavitsanos, Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi, Todd Mensing, Sammy Ford IV and Tim Shelby were all rated for commercial litigation along with Of Counsel Shawn Bates. Mr. Mensing was also honored for his construction […]

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 […]

Eleven AZA Lawyers Named Among Nation’s Best for Commercial, Intellectual Property Litigation and Appellate Law

HOUSTON – Eleven lawyers with Houston trial law firm AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, won national recognition in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. That includes 75 percent of AZA partners. AZA partners Joe Ahmad, John Zavitsanos, Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi, Todd Mensing, and Tim Shelby were all rated for commercial […]

AZA Partner Tim Shelby Appointed to Texas State Bar’s Oil & Gas Jury Charges Committee

HOUSTON – Tim Shelby, a partner in AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, was appointed to a three-year term on the State Bar of Texas’ Oil & Gas Pattern Jury Charges Committee. The committee updates and revises the way the law is typically presented to juries in Texas trials and members must be up-to-date on […]

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 AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, would not have to reveal emails between him and his patent agent […]

Former NOV Employee Begins Serving Prison Term for Felony Theft

HOUSTON – Former National Oilwell Varco, L.P., (NOV) management employee Royce G. Binnion Jr. recently began serving a five-year prison term for first-degree felony theft, an outgrowth of a civil suit judgment lawyers at AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing secured for client NOV. Mr. Binnion was convicted of perpetrating a long-running scheme in which […]

AZA Obtains Judgment for Apache Corp. in Fraud Suit

SAN ANTONIO – Houston lawyer Neal Sarkar, of AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, obtained a substantial judgment with punitive damages for Apache Corp. in a fraud suit against an oilfield services vendor. Apache filed suit in 2014, alleging vendor James Mann submitted fraudulent bills for work in the Permian Basin. The lawsuit further alleged […]

AZA Patent Agent Privilege Appeal Named ‘Texas Case to Watch’ by Law360

HOUSTON ─ AZA’s case before the Supreme Court of Texas involving confidentiality between patent agents and their inventor clients is the first of its kind in the nation to reach a state’s highest court, earning it notice by news service Law360 as one of the “Texas Cases to Watch in 2018.” Of Counsel Jane Langdell […]

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

HOUSTON – For the sixth year in a row, the commercial litigation and intellectual property firm AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, is being recognized among the nation’s Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America. “Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing is our go-to firm for any […]

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