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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. […]

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 […]

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 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Partner John Zavitsanos Organizes Summit on Religious Freedom

NEW YORK – AZA founding partner John Zavitsanos helped organize leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States for a religious freedom summit focusing on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Turkey. Mr. Zavitsanos helped gather 30 Orthodox Christians who were guided by Archbishop Demetrios, head of the Greek Orthodox […]

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 Cameron Byrd One of Just Six Associates Selected Nationally for Best Client Service

HOUSTON – AZA lawyer Cameron Byrd has been recognized with only five other law firm associates nationwide for providing superior service to clients in BTI Client Services All-Stars 2018. BTI Consulting Group interviewed more than 350 in-house counsel for feedback on attorneys who exhibited high-quality service through responsiveness and a heightened sense of their clients’ […]

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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