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

At a Glance


“Trial experience.”

“The caliber of my colleagues.”

“The level of responsibility.”


“It's stressful. You get a lot of responsibility from the get-go. Not everyone can handle it.”

“Lack of transparency.”

“Not enough hours to get through everything.”

About Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mending P.C. is a litigation boutique whose attorneys are known for their trial prowess. With a team of over 50 lawyers, the firm has participated in more than 225 trials. The firm is a Texas staple, ranking among the Top 5 firms in Vault’s Best Midsize Law Firms in Texas.

From IP to Energy

AZA was founded in 1993 in Texas by Joe Ahmad and John Zavitsanos—both of whom are still at the firm today. Although many of its cases involve high-stakes litigation for multinational companies, AZA also represents individuals and mid-sized businesses with serious legal issues. AZA represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of practice areas, including commercial litigation, company investigations, construction and real estate litigation, executive employment litigation, intellectual property litigation, oil and gas/energy, and trade secrets and covenants not to compete.

While the firm has a strong commercial litigation practice, it is also known for its work in IP litigation, especially patent litigation. The firm’s IP lawyers handle cases across the globe and across multiple industries, such as biochemistry, chemistry, energy, hardware and software, technology, telecom, and transportation. Given its roots in the Lone Star state, it may come as no surprise that the firm also has strength advising clients in the energy sector, including big-name oil and gas companies.

Get on Your Feet

At AZA, lawyers definitely do not sit in the passenger seat for long, including as junior attorneys and summer associates. All associates take on substantive work on a trial within their first year. And summer associates have at least one opportunity to experience a deposition or courtroom session. Summers also engage in a mock argument competition in front of former judges.

COVID-19 Update

In 2020 our revenue grew by 39 percent, but not because we cut costs like so many businesses around the country that posted strong years. In 2020, we never cut staff or salary. We instituted no furloughs or layoffs. Instead, we hired eight new lawyers. We also require our employees to receive the COVID vaccine, although we do have an exemption policy.

Why Work Here

AZA is a firm of lawyers who love to go to trial and love to win. The partners will get associates into the courtroom as soon as possible. Associates have been allowed to try cases on their own. And they have won.  The firm lawyers are quick-thinking, intense and they value courtroom preparation and client service. The firm has been awarded for great client service.

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

1221 McKinney, Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77010
Phone: (713) 655-1101

Firm Stats

Founders & Managing Partners: Joseph Y. Ahmad & John Zavitsanos
Hiring Partner: John Zavitsanos
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
50 - 100
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

All offices:
1st year: $205,000
2nd year: $215,000
3rd year: $240,000
4th year: $275,000
5th year+: Performance based
Summer Associate: $3,654/week

Employment Contact

Liz Carey Bernardy
Director of Recruiting and Development
(713) 600-4933
General Recruiting Email:

No. of U.S. Offices: 1

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Houston, TX

Major Departments

Commercial Litigation
Company Investigations, Trade Secrets, & Covenants Not to Compete
Construction & Real Estate
Executive Employment Litigation
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Oil & Gas/Energy
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.