Firm Profile

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA

1221 McKinney Street
Suite 2500

Houston, TX 77010

T: 713-655-1101
F: 713-655-0062


AZA is home to true courtroom lawyers who provide clients with a formidable track record in complex business and energy disputes.

Based on AZA’s results in 2014, Texas Lawyer named AZA as the 2015 Litigation Department of the Year for law firms having under 35 lawyers. This award follows Law360  naming AZA to the list of Texas Powerhouse Law Firms.

AZA was named First-Tier in Commercial Litigation in Houston by U.S.News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America in their rankings of the nation’s leading law firms. AZA earned a coveted rating for its work in Texas commercial litigation in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, published by Chambers and Partners, which is recognized worldwide for its prestigious guides to the legal profession.

AZA was one of only 32 firms in the U.S. to be recognized as “Awesome Opponents” in a nationwide poll of corporate general counsel who were asked to name the law firms they hope their companies never have to face in court.

AZA earned a spot on the BTI Client Service A-Team, a ranking of law firms based on client service interviews with corporate counsel from across the nation.

AZA won three of Texas’ Top Verdicts in one year. One was a take-nothing defense verdict with an award against the plaintiff for all of our client’s attorneys’ fees. Another was an enormous patent win, and the third was a client victory in a defamation case, proving AZA’s winning ways on both sides of the bar.

Our lawyers are from top 10 law schools and are at the top of their class, and our partners previously practiced at Baker Botts and Vinson & Elkins. We not only recruit the best and brightest out of law school, we recruit the top talent from other firms as well. We routinely draw associates from the top multinational law firms.

AZA's office is conveniently located in downtown Houston at One Houston Center, recently renamed LydondellBasell Tower. The firm offers services in English, Spanish, Greek, Farsi, French, Mandarin, Bengali, Russian and Ukrainian.

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA attorneys selected to Super Lawyers
Tiffany N. Joudi

Tiffany N. Joudi

Business Litigation
Selected: 2014 - 2016

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Monica M. Uddin

Monica M. Uddin

Business Litigation
Selected: 2013 - 2016

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Steven J. Mitby

Steven J. Mitby

Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation
Selected: 2011 - 2015

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Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher

Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher

Business Litigation
Selected: 2012 - 2016

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All Practice Areas
  • Business Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation

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Honors and Awards:

  • AZA and several AZA lawyers repeatedly ranked among top commercial litigation firms and lawyers by Chambers USA
  • AZA repeatedly named First-Tier in Commercial Litigation in Houston by U.S. News & World Report
  • Eight AZA lawyers are recognized among the nation's top lawyers in by The Best Lawyers in America
  • AZA repeatedly made the list of only 40 or fewer firms across the country deemed "Awesome Opponents" or "Most Feared."
  • Corporate Counsel named AZA one of the law firms with the best client service of those serving the Fortune 1000

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Attorney John Zavitisanos certified in Civil Trial Law by the Board of Legal Specialization
  • Attorney David E. Warden certified in Civil Trial Law by the Board of Legal Specialization
  • Attorney Todd W. Mensing certified in Civil Trial Law by the Board of Legal Specialization
  • Attorney Demetrois Anaipakos certified in Civil Trial Law by the Board of Legal Specialization
  • Attorney Amir H. Alavi certified in Civil Trial Law by the Board of Legal Specialization
  • Attorney Joseph Y. Ahmad certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Board of Legal Specialization

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • AZA Helps Rembrandt Technologies Win $15.7 Million Jury Verdict in Patent Infringement Case Against Samsung
  • AZA Helps National Oilwell Varco Beats Mud King In Stolen Trade Secrets Case
  • AZA’s $11.4 Million Verdict in False Accusations Case Ranked Top Texas Jury Award of 2014 for Intentional Torts
  • AZA Secures Victory for National Oilwell Varco in $120 million Discrimination Lawsuit
  • AZA Wins Summary Judgment In High-Profile, Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Case
  • AZA Continues its String of Victories in Trade-Secret Litigation
  • AZA Defeats $160 Million Claim Against Energy Company
  • AZA Secures $1.1 Million Verdict in Fort Bend Libel Case
  • AZA Wins Appeal in Continental Pilot Divorce Case
  • Harris County Attorneys Office and Houston's AZA Law Firm Settle Environmental Case Against Shell Chemical
  • AZA Wins Patent Case Judgment Worth $392 Million for Versata Software
  • AZA Wins Bankruptcy Rulings for Versata FZ, LLC
  • AZA Successfully Defends Trade Secret Lawsuit, Wins $750,000 in Legal Fees
  • AZA Wins Three of Texas' Top 2011 Verdicts on Both Sides of the Bar
  • Mistras Group Wins Houston Trademark Lawsuit Against Sentinel Integrity
  • AZA Lawyers Secure Houston Bankruptcy Court Win
  • Plains Pipeline Prevails in Houston Indemnity Lawsuit, Awarded $450,000 in Legal Fees

Representative Clients:

  • Penspen
  • PSC
  • Weatherford
  • ZT Wealth
  • Versata, Inc.
  • St. James Capital Partners, L.P.
  • Sheridan Healthcare, Inc.
  • Ramex Inc.
  • PSC
  • Prime Natural Resources, Inc.
  • Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.
  • Noble Energy, Inc.
  • NiSource
  • NAPA Auto Parts
  • Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc.
  • National Oilwell Varco
  • Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.
  • Motion Industries, Inc.
  • Millennium Interests
  • MJMC, Inc.
  • Mistras Inc.
  • MiJack Products, Inc.
  • Mercedes-Benz USA
  • Lyondell Chemical Company
  • Lusk Properties, Inc.
  • Liquidity Partners LLC
  • Key Energy Services, Inc.
  • Houston Radiology Associates
  • Houston Fertility Institute
  • Healix Infusion Therapy, Inc.
  • Harris County
  • Guzman Interests
  • Group 1 Automotive, Inc.
  • GreyStar Corporation
  • Genuine Parts Company
  • Fort Bend County
  • Executive Lodging Limited
  • Enbridge Inc.
  • Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church
  • DiCentral Corporation
  • Deepflex, Inc.
  • CorEnergy
  • Comsys / Venturi Partners
  • Columbia Gulf Transmission Co.
  • AT&T
  • Antar Inc.
  • Andon Specialties, Inc.
  • American Automobile Association
  • Aon Risk Services
  • American Alternative Insurance Corporation
  • Air Liquide America
  • Advanced Technologies
  • A&B Valve and Piping Systems
  • AAA Life Insurance Company

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