For Seventh Year, Prestigious Chambers USA Ranks AZA Among Top Texas Commercial Litigation Firms

HOUSTON – For the seventh year, Houston commercial litigation and intellectual property boutique AZA has been named among Texas’ top general commercial litigation firms in the Chambers USA guide. Four of the firm lawyers are recognized in the 2020 edition individually for their legal prowess. 


Partners John Zavitsanos and Todd Mensing are ranked for their general commercial litigation experience. Partner Demetrios Anaipakos is ranked for his intellectual property expertise, and partner Joe Ahmad is ranked for his labor and employment work for executives.   


Chambers USA quoted praise for AZA from clients and industry sources, including: 

·         “They are very talented guys and most importantly, they are winners.”  

·         “They are strong, professional and aggressive litigators who are willing to stand up and fight for their client.”  

·         “They do exceptional work and get great results.” 

·         “The firm has been exceptional. The lawyers are responsive and timely in turning things around.” 


London-based Chambers and Partners, which publishes Chambers USA, is known worldwide for its thorough guides to the legal profession. Recognition is based on thousands of attorney and client interviews to identify law firms and lawyers who demonstrate technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients. 


Chambers described AZA as “robust litigation specialists with a reputation as a feared opponent for established national firms. Especially strong experience in representing clients in the technology and energy arenas. Trial-oriented group of attorneys who are unafraid to take on the full range of high-value commercial disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants. Particularly active in intellectual property, employment and breach of contract cases.” 


Chambers said Mr. Zavitsanos “wins particular praise for his trial capability, with one client commenting: ‘He is one of the most prepared and talented courtroom lawyers I have seen.’ He handles high-stakes litigation on behalf of an enviable client base, which includes preeminent energy companies. One interviewee comments: ‘He takes command of the courtroom, is immaculately prepared and just as sharp as he could be. There is nothing about the case he won’t know.’” 


Of Mr. Ahmad, Chambers said: “He is a respected litigator with a strong track record of representing executives. He is especially respected for his handling of noncompetition and trade secret disputes. Interviewees regard him as ‘an outstanding advocate for his clients.’ One source says: ‘He’s great to work with, knowledgeable about the law and a go-to for plaintiff cases.’” 

Chambers said: “The ‘fantastic’ Demetrios Anaipakos is head of the firm’s intellectual property team and offers extensive experience in patent litigation. A market insider reports: ‘He’s a top-notch lawyer that is quick on his feet and very accomplished.’” 


And of Mr. Mensing, Chambers said: “[He] has vast experience assisting businesses with their most complex litigation needs. His recent work includes intellectual property infringement and trade secret misappropriation cases.” 


AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., is a Houston-based law firm that is home to true courtroom lawyers with a formidable track record in complex commercial litigation, including energy, intellectual property, and business dispute cases. AZA is recognized by Chambers USA 2020 among the best in Texas commercial law; by U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms as one of the country’s best commercial litigation firms for eight years running; was named 2019 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 and 1000. 

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