|Joseph Ahmad, AZA|
Joseph Y. Ahmad, a founding 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. Ahmad also represents clients in other high profile employment-related litigation, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases, and traditional labor disputes His expertise extends to all major areas of employment litigation, including the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and all anti-discrimination and retaliation laws. 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. Mr. Ahmad’s well-publicized courtroom success enabled him to achieve significant settlements for his clients as well. 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 is also 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, and a group of physicians with senior administrative roles within their medical center to represent them in a breach-of-contract dispute. Mr. Ahmad also maintains a blog, Legal Issues in the Executive Suite, where he explores issues involving trade secrets, covenants not to compete, executive compensation and other matters of importance to executives.
10:00am - 10:45am Civil — Motions Practice in the Houston and Galveston Divisions: What’s New, and What Can Be Improved?