Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Houston, TX

Joseph Y. Ahmad
Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA
1221 McKinney Street, Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77010
T:Work 713-655-1101
F: Fax713-655-0062
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2015
Licensed Since: 1987
Education: The University of Michigan Law School
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor (80%), Business Litigation (10%), Employee Benefits (10%)


Joseph Y. Ahmad, a founding partner in the Houston law firm of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., is a lawyer for executives and has been recognized nationally as one of the best lawyers in his field. He represents executives in a variety of matters, including breach of contract, trade secrets, covenants not to compete, breach of fiduciary duty and other matters.

He 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 a “2015 Lawyer of the Year” in the Houston area. Mr. Ahmad has been recognized as a leading lawyer in “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.” He has 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. He was also named a Benchmark Litigation Star in 2016.

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

His more recent engagements include representing: a general counsel sued for trade secret theft, an owner of an accounting practice who signed a covenant not to compete and employment agreement with the buyer of his practice, and a group of physicians with senior administrative roles within their medical center to represent them in a breach-of-contract dispute.

Click here to read Ahmad’s blog Legal Issues in the Executive Suite.


Years of Selection

Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2015

About Joseph Ahmad

Admitted: 1987, Texas

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Last Updated: 12/17/2015
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Blog entries — Joseph Y. Ahmad
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