LCA Senior Fellow John Zavitsanos, cofounder of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C. (AZA) in Houston, Texas, appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box in a segment called “How Businesses Could Approach Return to Work in 2022.” Part of the interview can be seen here.
“Being a trial lawyer, that requires a great deal of collaboration. During the pandemic we had a number of jury trials. To get ready for a jury trial requires countless meetings as ideas come up, as issues come up,” Mr. Zavitsanos said, adding that working remotely simply does not allow for the kind of impromptu collaboration – sometimes 30 to 40 brief meetings in a single day – required to prepare for trial.
He appeared on a panel with Harvard Business School professor Tsedal Neeley whose work focuses on how leaders can scale their organizations by developing and implementing global and digital strategies.
Mr. Zavitsanos wrote a July 2021 essay in The New York Times about going back to the office during a pandemic and AZA’s success in doing so. You can see it here. And in August 2021 he was interviewed on NPR about pandemic office openings in “Houston-Based Law Firm Insists That Employees Return To The Office.”
John Zavitsanos is a highly regarded trial lawyer who loves trying cases and loves winning. He has achieved success for a multitude of clients – defendants and plaintiffs, from big energy companies to lone whistleblowers battling the odds.
He has tried more than 75 cases to verdict in litigation that runs the gamut: financial services, oil and gas, construction, complex commercial disputes, director and officer liability, non-compete and trade secret disputes, and healthcare. He is the primary author of O’Connor’s Texas Rules * Civil Trials 2019 -2020, the premiere civil trial rules guide for Texas lawyers and judges.
He has learned from every jury trial by surveying the jurors after the case and learning what conventional wisdom has outlived its usefulness. That’s a lot of input since even just he has tried more than a dozen cases in the last few years.
And his willingness – delight, actually – at trying a case with confidence has impressed numerous heavyweight clients.