Houston’s AZA Adds Big Law Attorneys from Washington, D.C., Dallas, Houston
April 8, 2013

HOUSTON – The complex commercial litigation and intellectual property boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C. (or AZA) has hired three more highly qualified young lawyers from Big Law firms in Texas and Washington, D.C.

Attorney Adam Milasincic, who earned the highest score on the Texas bar in July 2011, joins AZA from one of the nation’s largest firms. Paloma Zepeda, a Harvard Law graduate, joins AZA after working with a large firm in Washington, D.C. Michelle Ahmadian, another graduate of Harvard Law, joins the firm after working at the Dallas office of a large, national firm.

“We’re regularly going up against larger firms in court and getting big wins for clients, and the three new firm attorneys are proof that we’re attracting talent from some of the top legal shops in the country,” says John Zavitsanos, a founding partner of the firm.

Mr. Milasincic is a trial and appellate lawyer who focuses on complex commercial litigation. He was selected by an appellate judge and a panel of practitioners to serve as an editor of the Appellate Advocate, a publication of the State Bar of Texas. Before joining AZA, Mr. Milasincic was a litigator at Baker Botts LLP, where he represented plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits involving securities regulations, fiduciary duties, partnership disputes, environmental liabilities, pipeline development and various business torts. He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as an articles editor for the Virginia Law Review.

Ms. Zepeda is a complex commercial litigator with experience in government and internal investigations, including work on complex international cases. Formerly with the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Ms. Zepeda is a graduate of both Harvard Law School and Harvard College. During law school, she served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Latino Law Review, and as a teaching fellow and chair of the Latino Law, Business and Policy Conference. She is licensed to practice in both New York and the District of Columbia, with her Texas license pending.

Ms. Ahmadian is a trial lawyer with patent litigation and prosecution experience in a variety of technologies, including software, telecommunications, electronics hardware, mechanical arts, and computer networking. A graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was a Dean’s Scholar in Legal Research and Writing, Ms. Ahmadian also has a bachelor’s degree with high honors in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the intellectual property and litigation teams at AZA, Ms. Ahmadian practiced at Baker Botts in Dallas. Prior to law school, Ms. Ahmadian applied her science background working as a systems analyst for the information technology consulting firm Deloitte Consulting.

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, securities fraud, construction and business dispute cases. AZA is recognized by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the country’s best commercial litigation firms in the 2013 listing of the nation’s leading law firms. National corporate counsel named AZA one of the country’s best in client service among law firms serving the Fortune 1000. AZA has been hired on many occasions by the same companies the firm has prevailed against at trial. Read more at


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