Joseph Y. Ahmad

USA: Texas

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3460 One Houston Center
1221 McKinney Street
Houston, Texas 77010-2009

Tel: +1 713 655-1101
Fax: +1 713 655-0062


Joseph Y. Ahmad, a partner in the Houston law firm of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He primarily represents executives in employment-related litigation, including trade secret and non-compete cases.

Mr. Ahmad has been recognized nationally as one of the best lawyers in his field and 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 “2015 Lawyer of the Year” in the Employment-Individual category for the Houston area. Mr. Ahmad has been recognized as one of the leading Employment & Labor Law attorneys in “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.” He has also 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.

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

Two of his more recent engagements include representing an owner of an accounting practice who signed a covenant not to compete and employment agreement with the buyer of his practice, as well as a group of physicians with senior administrative roles within their medical center to represent them in a breach-of-contract dispute.

AZA is known for assisting company executives and officers in preparing and negotiating their employment agreements as well as handling courtroom litigation for executives involved in legal disputes with their employers. The firm also assists executives in negotiations over severance packages. Our work in preparing executive employment agreements for many multi-national companies makes our firm uniquely qualified to assist executives in these negotiations.

In addition to litigation, we counsel many large companies on how to structure layoffs, handling internal investigations, and terminating and reprimanding employees.

Joseph Ahmad, one of AZA’s founding partners, is nationally recognized for his knowledge and experience in executive employment law. He’s frequently quoted by national media outlets on executive employment issues. His executive employment blog is Legal Issues in the Executive Suite

AZA is first and foremost a trial firm with attorneys who hail from the best law schools in the country. Our eight partners have collectively tried over 225 cases. Our courtroom experience, our knowledge of what will matter to a jury or judge, and our command of trial technology permits us to do this efficiently. Being trial-ready also strongly influences settlement. Opponents recognize that we have confidence in our position, and also our ability to advocate that position. In fact, AZA is often hired on the eve of trial, once it has become clear that the case must be tried.

Although many of our cases involve high-stakes litigation for multinational companies, we also excel at representing individuals and mid-sized businesses with serious legal issues. We also understand that a superior result does not always involve a verdict or judgment, and are equally skilled at developing creative solutions to business problems.

AZA also manages company investigations. We help company boards, in-house counsel, and audit committees identify problems and ensure compliance before litigation ensues.

He has been selected by his peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” and recognized as one of the leading Employment & Labor Law attorneys in “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.”