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Our Survey Says

VAULT'S VERDICT:

AZA might be small, but don’t underestimate this firm, because it is also mighty. A true litigation boutique, AZA is a powerhouse of a trial firm—and its lawyers want to win. Candidates who want to work here need to show that they share that sentiment; stellar credentials are important, but equally so is a true desire to try cases. Grit and determination are some of the qualities the firm prizes, so candidates should be prepared to demonstrate them in interviews. The firm’s culture is a big selling point for associates, who describe it as very social and filled with different personality types. In fact, the firm emphasizes the importance of personal style in effective advocacy, and partners are supportive of associates in helping them to develop their styles along with their skills. Associates are expected to contribute to their trial teams from day one and describe a steep curve of learning on the job, with minimal formal training. The 2,100 billable hour requirement is on the high end and associates work hard, but most find the hours manageable. Associates are thrilled to receive top NY-market salaries and have no trouble achieving bonus requirements, and the firm offers a special bonus for high billers (over 2,400 hours). Associates describe the work as top notch, with a satisfying variety of cases and significant early experience and responsibility. There are no formal wellness initiatives other than a free on-site gym, but associates feel that the firm generally supports wellbeing and mental health. Partnership is achievable, and associates feel that the elite skills they develop at AZA lend themselves to desirable exit options. There is no cap on pro bono hours, all of which count as billable. With respect to diversity, associates describe the firm as fairly diverse, welcoming, and inclusive. 

AZA

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

Firm Stats

Chair: John Zavitsanos
Founders & Managing Partners: Joseph Y. Ahmad, John Zavitsanos
Hiring Partner: John Zavitsanos
Total No. Attorneys (2024):
50 - 100
No. of Partners Named 2023:
6
Billable-Hour Requirement:
2,100

Base Salary

1st year: $225,000
2nd year: $235,000
3rd year: $260,000
4th year: $310,000
5th year: $365,000
6th year: $390,000
7th year: $420,000
Summer Associate: $225,000

Employment Contact

Kingsley Smith
Director of Marketing and Recruiting
713-600-4976
ksmith@azalaw.com
General recruiting email:
recruiting@azalaw.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 1

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Houston, TX

Major Departments

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