AZA Hosts 1st Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner for Friends and Family
May 28, 2019
HOUSTON – The litigation boutique AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Alavi, & Mensing P.C., held its 1st Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner May 21 for friends and family at the firm’s downtown Houston offices.
Iftar is the evening meal Muslims enjoy as they end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. Though many law firms celebrate Christian holidays, it is very unusual for law firms in the U.S. to celebrate Muslim events.
“This seems like an appropriate celebration with the growing Muslim community in Houston and around the country,” said Joe Ahmad, a founding partner of AZA. He noted that the full name of the AZA firm includes two Muslim members, and there are several other practicing Muslims at the firm.
“The Iftar is an example of AZA’s support for its attorneys’ identities and a great way to welcome our summer associate class, including those who will be observing Ramadan,” said AZA associate Shahmeer Halepota.
AZA’s gathering room was festooned with lanterns and candles. The dinner featured food from Aga’s Restaurant and Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill, and around 80 lawyers, judges, family members and friends attended.
Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is a Houston-based law firm that is home to true courtroom lawyers with a formidable track record in complex commercial litigation, including energy, intellectual property, and business dispute cases. AZA is recognized by Chambers USA 2019 among the best in Texas commercial law; by U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms as one of the country’s best commercial litigation firms for seven years running including 2019; and previously by Law360 as a Texas Powerhouse law firm. National corporate counsel named AZA one of the country’s best in client service among law firms serving the Fortune 1000.