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Houston-Area Lawyer Sanctioned $150,000 for Filing Groundless Lawsuit Against AZA Client

RICHMOND, TX – Fort Bend County District Judge R. O’Neill Williams ordered Bellaire lawyer Paul B. Rosen and his client Gen Fu Zhang to be sanctioned $150,000 for making groundless claims in a lawsuit over the lease of a Sugar Land strip mall restaurant.   AZA lawyer Foster Johnson, who handled the case with co-counsel S. Scott West, said the sanction is one of the largest against a lawyer […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Barratry Suit Over Deepwater Horizon Spill Victims Dismissed

HOUSTON – A Harris County district judge has granted a motion for summary judgment that dismissed the last plaintiffs from a barratry case filed two years ago against several Houston lawyers accused of improperly soliciting victims of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. That means the lawsuit is finally gone, […]

AZA Hosts 1st Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner for Friends and Family

HOUSTON – The litigation boutique AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Alavi, & Mensing P.C., held its 1st Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner May 21 for friends and family at the firm’s downtown Houston offices. Iftar is the evening meal Muslims enjoy as they end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. Though many law firms celebrate Christian holidays, […]

Prestigious Chambers USA Ranks AZA Among Top Texas Commercial Litigation Firms Sixth Year In A Row

HOUSTON – For the sixth 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 the Chambers USA guide, with four of the firm lawyers recognized individually for their legal prowess. AZA lawyers were described in the 2019 edition as […]

AZA Associate Neal Sarkar Named 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer in Houston

HOUSTON – AZA commercial litigator Neal Sarkar has been selected as the 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Houston Young Lawyers Association, a decades-old organization known for its community involvement and leadership. Each year the Outstanding Young Lawyer award recognizes an attorney in the Greater Houston area who best demonstrates professional proficiency, service to the […]

Former AZA Partner Fletcher Featured on Cover of National Lawyers Magazine

HOUSTON – Former AZA partner Lizzie Fletcher, now a U.S. Congresswoman from Texas’ 7th District, was featured on the cover of the Spring 2019 edition of Best Lawyers’ Business Edition in a story about her path from litigator to legislator. In the article “In-House Counsel,” Ms. Fletcher discussed her career move from Big Law to […]

Houston Bar Magazine Publishes Story on AZA’s John Zavitsanos and Greek Heritage

HOUSTON – With the headline “It’s All Greek To Him,” The Houston Lawyer magazine featured a story on AZA founding partner John Zavitsanos’ Greek heritage in its January/February 2019 issue. The story was written by John’s longtime friend, Houston lawyer Allen Tanner. It chronicles how John was brought to the U.S. from Greece as a […]

AZA Again Named Among Best in Nation for Client Service by BTI Consulting

HOUSTON – Houston-based litigation and intellectual property firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has been rated among the best in the nation for client service, earning a place on the BTI Client Service A-Team 2019. BTI Consulting Group, which researches client service, bases its power rankings on a survey of Fortune […]

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