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Joseph Y. Ahmad, a partner in the Houston law firm of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He primarily represents executives in employment-related litigation, including trade secret and non-compete cases. Mr. Ahmad has been recognized nationally as one of the best lawyers in his field and was elected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, an elite group of the country’s leading judges and civil trial lawyers. He has been selected by his peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” since 2003 and he was named  “2015 Lawyer of the Year” in the Employment-Individual category for the Houston area. Mr. Ahmad has been recognized as one of the leading Employment & Labor Law attorneys in “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.” He has also been named to the Texas Super Lawyers list since 2003, been on the Texas Super Lawyers Top 100 in Houston since 2006, and been in the Texas Super Lawyers Top 100 in Texas every year but one since 2006.

Having tried more than 50 employment law cases to a verdict, and argued more than a dozen cases on appeal, he is a nationally recognized expert in the trial of employment cases. He also is a frequent lecturer on a variety of employment law topics for organizations such as the National Employment Lawyers Association, State Bar of Texas, University of Houston Law Foundation and Texas Employment Lawyers Association. He has been a frequent commentator on issues related to employment law for various media entities, including The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, Houston Chronicle, and local television stations.

Two of his more recent engagements include representing an owner of an accounting practice who signed a covenant not to compete and employment agreement with the buyer of his practice, as well as a group of physicians with senior administrative roles within their medical center to represent them in a breach-of-contract dispute.

BLOG

Mr. Ahmad also maintains a blog, Legal Issues in the Executive Suite, where he explores issues involving trade secrets, covenants not to compete, executive compensation and other matters of importance to executives. Click here to read Legal Issues in the Executive Suite.

EDUCATION & CLERKSHIP

  • Law Clerk to Hon. Benjamin F. Gibson, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1987-89.
  • University of Michigan, J.D., 1987.
  • Lawrence University, B.A. with honors, 1984.

ADMISSIONS & CERTIFICATION

  • Admitted to bar 1987, Michigan; 1989, Texas.
  • Admitted to all state and federal courts in Texas; U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1996.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Houston and American Bar Associations (Sections: Litigation; Labor and Employment Law)
  • State Bar of Texas (Sections: Labor; Litigation)
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Houston Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association (past president – 2000)
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Houston Bar Association’s Houston Volunteer Lawyers Project AIDS Subcommittee

REPORTED CASES

  • Brady v. Fort Bend County and R. George Molina, 58 F.3d 173 (5th Cir. 1995), reh’g en banc granted (Aug. 25, 1995), appeal dismissed (Nov. 17, 1995)
  • Primeaux v. Conoco, 961 S.W.2d 401 (Tex.App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 1997, no writ)
  • Washinton v. HCA Health Services of Texas, Inc., 152 F.3d 464 (5th Cir. 1998), cert. granted 119 S.Ct. 2388 (1999)
  • Brady v. Fort Bend County, 145 F.3d 691 (5th Cir. 1998), cert. denied 119 S.Ct. 873 (1999)
  • Pratt v. City of Houston, Tex., 247 F.3d 601 (5th Cir. 2001)
  • Siler-Khodr v. University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, 261 F.3d 542 (5th Cir. 2001)
  • Mota v. University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, 261 F.3d 512 (5th Cir. 2001)

PUBLICATIONS, PAPERS AND CLE PRESENTATIONS

Mr. Ahmad has prepared the following written materials and made presentations at the following seminars:

Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Agreements in Texas: The Law is Changing. Are You Keeping Up? Texas Bar CLE Webcast, Panelist, December 7, 2010.

The Dodd-Frank Act: What it Means for Employment Lawyers, Texas Bar CLE Webcast, Panelist, November 30, 2010.

What the Texas Attorney Needs to Know About Unfair Competition and Non-Compete Claims, Lawline.com; Online CLE Seminar; 2010.

The Generational Effect of Juror Attitudes - Panelist, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Meeting, August 5-10, 2010, San Francisco.

Employee Handbooks: The Good, The Bad, The Useless - Panelist, South Texas College of Law CLE, 23rd Annual Employment Law Conference, July 15-16, 2010, Houston.

What You Need to Know About Unfair Competition and Non-Compete Claims, Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education; January 28, 2010, Houston.

Overview of Non-Statutory Claims, Texas Bar CLE, 17th Annual Advanced Employment Law Course – Nuts and Bolts of Employment Law 2010, January 13, 2010, Dallas.

Litigating Wrongful Discharge Cases, University of Houston Law Foundation, Advanced Employment Law Seminar, May 7-8, 2009 – Houston, May 14-15, 2009 – Dallas.

Deposition and Discovery, Texas Bar CLE, 17th Annual Advanced Employment Law Course – Nuts and Bolts of Employment Law, January 21, 2009, San Antonio.

Recent Developments Under The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, National Employment Lawyers Association (Houston, Texas Chapter) November 7, 2008, Merida, Mexico.

E-Discovery Update: Notes from a Practitioner, State Bar of Texas, Labor & Employment Law Section, 19th Annual Employment Law Update, October 24-25, 2008, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Litigating Wrongful Discharge Cases: From Sabine Pilot to Today, University of Houston Law Foundation, Advanced Employment Law Seminar, April 10-11, 2008, Dallas and Houston.

Deposition and Discovery, Texas Bar CLE, 17th Annual Advanced Employment Law Course – Nuts and Bolts of Employment Law, January 21, 2009, San Antonio.

Recent Developments Under The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, National Employment Lawyers Association (Houston, Texas Chapter) November 7, 2008, Merida, Mexico.

E-Discovery Update: Notes from a Practitioner, State Bar of Texas, Labor & Employment Law Section, 19th Annual Employment Law Update, October 24-25, 2008, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Litigating Wrongful Discharge Cases: From Sabine Pilot to Today, University of Houston Law Foundation, Advanced Employment Law Seminar, April 10-11, 2008, Dallas and Houston.

An Invitation to the Roundtable – Panelist, National Business Institute, Advanced Employment-Related Records Seminar, April 25, 2007, Houston.

Arbitration, State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education, 15th Annual Advanced Employment Law Course, February 1-2, 2007, Dallas.

Recent Developments Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), 2006 Seventeenth Annual Convention – Bridging the Divide: Strategies for Fairness in the Workplace, June 23-26, 2006, San Francisco, California.

How to Frame the Issues - Panelist, State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education, 14th Annual Advanced Employment Law Course, February 2-3, 2006, Austin, Texas.

How to Take the Executive’s Deposition, State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment Law Webcast Series, Panelist, October 26, 2005, Austin.

First Amendment Employment, State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education, Suing and Defending Governmental Entities Course, July 28-29, 2005, San Antonio, Texas.

Discovery Issues in Employment Litigation, Labor and Employment Law Seminar presented by the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Federal Bar Association, July 21-23, 2005, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Managing Risk: Policies and Procedures - Panelist, South Texas College of Law Employment Law Course, July 14-15, 2005, Houston, Texas.

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** Mr. Ahmad is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.