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Todd Mensing Wins Substantial Jury Verdict in Age Discrimination Suit on Behalf of Former Seismic Company Executive

Todd Mensing and John Zavitsanos represented Gaines Watkins, a former manufacturing manager for Input/Output, a publicly traded seismic company. Input/Output terminated Watkins in April 2001. At the time, Watkins was 68 years old. Input/Output alleged that it terminated Watkins because he did not have the requisite skill set necessary for the substantial changes Input/Output was […]

Joseph Ahmad Secures Venue Transfer for National Oilfield Services Company in Multi-Million Dollar Suit

The firm has also been selected for high stakes litigation when accused of corporate fraud. When a leading oilfield services company was sued in a jurisdiction in which it did not conduct business by its former general counsel who claimed that the company engaged in widespread corporate fraud, breached his contract, and fiduciary duties to […]

AZA Lawyers Recognized as Texas Super Lawyers for Sixth Consecutive Year

AZA lawyers Joseph Ahmad, Amir Alavi, Demetrios Anaipakos, and John Zavitsanos were again recognized as Texas Super Lawyers by Texas Monthly magazine. AZA lawyers have been included in the annual list of “Super Lawyers” every year this distinction has existed. This distinction is limited to the top 5% of practicing lawyers in the state of […]

H Texas Magazine Recognizes AZA Lawyers as Houston’s Top Lawyers

For the sixth consecutive year, H Texas magazine included AZA lawyers on its prestigious list of Houston areas top lawyers. John Zavitsanos, Amir Alavi, Todd Mensing, and Demetrios Anaipakos were 4 of only 50 lawyers recognized for the best business litigation lawyers in Houston area. Joseph Ahmad was one of only 15 lawyers included on […]

Trial Court Denies Newspaper’s Summary Judgment Motion in Defamation Suit

In a highly publicized defamation lawsuit, John Zavitsanos and Joe Sibley successfully defeated a motion for summary judgment brought by a local media defendant. The media defendant, represented by the renown defamation firm of Jackson Walker LLP, argued that the alleged defamatory article was substantially true and that the plaintiff (the son of a prominent […]

AZA Lawyers Successfully Defeat Opposing Party’s Motion for Summary Judgment in $150 Million Commercial Case

AZA lawyers John Zavitsanos, Todd Mensing, Karen Brisch, Joe Sibley, and Scott Upchurch defeated a motion for summary judgment in a substantial breach of contract case brought by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company against AZA’s client, a publicly traded energy company. Tennessee and AZA’s client are co-owners of an extensive gas offshore pipeline known as the […]

Federal Court of Appeals Affirms Significant Jury Verdict in Favor of AZA’s Client

On May 3, 2007, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit unanimously affirmed a sizeable jury verdict in favor of a former commercial pilot against his employer for violations of the Family Medical Leave Act. Joseph Ahmad was lead counsel for Leonard Firth, a corporate pilot for Don McGill Toyota in Houston. In […]

AZA Successfully Defeats Temporary Injunction Request

AZA attorneys John Zavitsanos, Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi, and Joe Sibley participated in a multi-day evidentiary hearing. The opposing parties sought a temporary injunction to order AZA’s client to release nearly $6 million in funds that AZA’s client (the general partner of a limited partnership) did not distribute to some limited partners. The general partner […]

Karen Brisch Joins AZA

AZA is pleased to announce that Karen Brisch has joined the Firm as an Associate. Mrs. Brisch was previously associated with the firm of Baker Botts after completing a clerkship with the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where she served […]

Demetrios Anaipakos and Joseph Ahmad Secure Seven Figure Settlement for Former CFO

AZA lawyers Demetrios Anaipakos and Joseph Ahmad secured a seven figure settlement for the former CFO of a national consulting firm. The Firm was hired to represent this executive in a case pending on the west coast. The CFO alleged unlawful retaliation for reporting illegal activity. Despite working at this consulting company for less than […]

Amir Alavi Represents Land Owners In $6 Million Mineral Lease Settlement

Amir Alavi settled a mineral lease dispute between land owners and Ballard Exploration Company and other defendants for over $6 million. The case, which was pending in Liberty County, Texas, involved claims by the land owner clients that Ballard Exploration Company did not have a valid lease for a successful natural gas well. AZA’s clients […]

Heather Trachtenberg Joins AZA

The Firm is pleased to announce that Heather Trachtenberg has joined the Firm as an Associate. She previously was associated with the firm of Baker Botts where she focused most of her practice on employment litigation. She received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A. degree from Rice University. […]

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