Thirteen AZA Attorneys Earn Texas Rising Stars Honor
March 22, 2023
HOUSTON – Thirteen AZA lawyers were selected to the 2023 Texas Rising Stars list of leading young attorneys, an honor based on independent research and peer nominations.
Partners Taylor Freeman, Edward “Ward” Goolsby, Shahmeer Halepota and Jason McManis were named to the list, which is a part of Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers. Associates Weining Bai, Cameron Byrd, Nathan Campbell, Michael Killingsworth, Louis Liao, Paul Turkevich, Jordan Warshauer and Kelsi Stayart White were also named, as was AZA Of Counsel Kyle Poelker.
Rising Stars is an exclusive listing of the state’s top lawyers who are age 40 or younger or who have been in practice no longer than 10 years. Only 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are chosen for this honor.
Messrs. Byrd, Campbell, Freeman, Goolsby, Killingsworth, McManis, Poelker and Turkevich were named for their business litigation work. Messrs. Bai and Liao earned selection for intellectual property prowess. Mr. Halepota and Ms. Warshauer were named for civil litigation – defense work. And Ms. White was named for her appellate expertise.
Some of these same lawyers at AZA have also been honored elsewhere. Messrs. Bai, Byrd, Campbell, Halepota and Liao; and Mses. Warshauer and White were also selected by Best Lawyers as “Ones to Watch” for 2023.
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 2022 as among the best in Texas in commercial law and intellectual property; has been listed by U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms as one of the country’s best commercial litigation firms for 11 years running; has been named Litigation Department of the Year by Texas Lawyer three times, including for 2021; and was previously dubbed a Texas Powerhouse law firm by Law 360.