Based in Houston, TX and home to over 50 lawyers, AZA is a boutique litigation firm that prides itself on being “Talented, Tough and Courtroom-Tested.” Attorneys participate in substantive trial work from the start of their time with AZA, contributing to the firm’s strength in the courtroom. The firm takes clients of all sizes, from multinational companies to individuals, and is known for its skill in both commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation, among other practice areas.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

50 - 100


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Top 150 Under 150


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2021)



No. of Summer Associates (2021)

5 total (3 2Ls; 2 1Ls)


Base Salary

All offices:

Vault Verdict

New hires to AZA often come from top 20 law schools and share certain qualities with current attorneys—namely that they are outgoing, team-oriented, and driven to win—that are fundamental to the firm’s ethos. The firm environment is collaborative, with relationships between associates being particularly supportive. Partners generally treat associates with respect and trust them to manage their cases and workload without much supervision. While little formal training exists, associates feel the mentorship available—both formal and informal—is strong, and they appreciate the experiential learning gained from working with skilled, confident trial attorneys. Associates rave about the quality of work, noting that they are taking depositions and getting to trial early and often at AZA. ...

About the Firm

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, exe...

Associate Reviews

  • “The firm culture at AZA is awesome. It is collegial, enthusiastic, team oriented, and positive. Lawyers frequently socialize together, both at spontaneous Friday happy hours and at firm sponsored events. Lawyers and staff interact as colleagues and teammates.”
  • “The best way to describe AZA's culture, particularly among the associates, is supportive. From our group chat that people use to congratulate others on big wins, give updates on how hearings are going, and plan impromptu Friday happy hours to long one-on-one conversations about work and life, we all want each other to succeed. Because associates are given so much responsibility from the beginning without a lot of instruction, it is critical that the other associates are always willing to help and give advice, even if they are not working on a case or billing for that time.”
  • “The culture at AZA is amazing. Everyone is accessible from partners to junior lawyers. There is an expectation that folks will collaborate. Personality is not in a shortage here, but there isn't any one personality that is required. Compared to my previous position, the approach here is quite team oriented. All attorneys are encouraged to take initiative and step forward.”
  • “The firm allows associates to have substantial responsibility in their cases from the get-go. You can take depositions, argue hearings, and try cases. There is a collegial atmosphere among associates, and associates are friends outside of work.”

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.

Getting Hired Here

  • “The firm typically looks for candidates from top-15 law schools, though this is not a hard and fast rule. Similarly, there is no set class rank cutoff or law review or clerkship requirement, though all of those things will help a candidate. In particular, because we are a litigation boutique, clerks are valued for their insights into how judges make decisions and their writing experience. Most importantly, the firm wants candidates who are outgoing, willing to work as part of a team, willing to take risks, and who want to win.”
  • “The firm looks for candidates that are academically gifted, willing to take the initiative in cases, and are able to pick themselves back up after things may have gotten tough in a case. We often recruit from the University of Texas, University of Chicago, Harvard, and the University of Houston, among other schools.”
  • “We look for good grades, good law school, and relevant clerkships. This, in addition to having the right personality. We are interested in UT lawyers, and also recruit from Michigan, Harvard, Chicago, and UVA.”
  • “The firm is looking for highly educated, driven individuals who can thrive in an environment with little oversight and no hand holding.”

Perks & Benefits