Ten AZA Lawyers Make Super Lawyers List; Four Rank among Top 100 
September 22, 2021

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 Houston list, both recognized for their business litigation work.

Also earning Super Lawyers recognition for business litigation expertise are partners Sammy Ford IVTodd Mensing and Tim Shelby and of counsel Shawn Bates and David Warden. Earning recognition for her appellate work is of counsel JoAnn Storey.

Mr. Ford earned rare double honors by being selected earlier this year among the Top 100 Texas “Up & Coming” lawyers on Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list of early-career attorneys. Mr. Ford was one of 11 AZA Rising Stars honorees recognized in March. That honor goes to practitioners age 40 or younger or who have been in practice no more than 10 years. The full list of AZA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2021 is available here.


AZA has established itself as a go-to trial firm with a national reputation for courtroom creativity and savvy in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property lawsuits.

No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in each state are selected every year for the peer review guide published by Thomson Reuters-owned Super Lawyers. Selection is based on peer nominations, third-party feedback, professional achievement, and independent review. The complete list of Texas honorees will appear in the November issues of Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly magazines.

AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, is a Houston-based law firm that is home to true courtroom lawyers with a formidable track record in complex commercial litigation, including energy, healthcare, intellectual property, and business dispute cases. AZA is recognized by Chambers USA 2021 among the best in Texas commercial law and intellectual property; by U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms as one of the country’s best commercial litigation firms for nine years running; has been named Litigation Department of the Year by Texas Lawyer; and was previously dubbed by Law360 a Texas Powerhouse law firm. National corporate counsel named AZA one of the country’s best in client service among law firms serving the Fortune 500.


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