AZA is first and foremost a trial firm with nearly 50 lawyers, and a trial almost every month. AZA lawyers’ courtroom experience, knowledge of what will matter to a jury or judge, and command of trial technology permit the firm to do this efficiently. Being trial-ready also strongly influences settlement. Opponents recognize that after more than 225 trials, AZA lawyers have confidence in their position and their ability to advocate for clients. In fact, AZA is often hired on the eve of trial, once it has become clear that a case must be tried. Although many of AZA’s cases involve high-stakes litigation for multinational companies, the firm also excels at representing individuals and mid-sized businesses with serious legal issues. AZA lawyers understand that a superior result does not always involve a verdict or judgment and are equally skilled at developing creative solutions to business problems. Houston-based AZA is rated as a top Texas commercial litigation firm by Best Law Firms, Chambers USA and Benchmark Litigation.
Morrison Cohen is a relatively unique shop in the top-end commercial law firm market. We offer our clients deep experience and senior-level attorney attention at rational billing rates. We are a firm of approximately 100 very experienced and hard-working attorneys, providing a full array of highly sophisticated corporate, capital markets, business litigation, real estate, bankruptcy and reorganization, compensation, benefits and employment, and other commercial, transactional, and individual client legal services, principally to the middle market.
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP is a national, full-service law firm providing litigation, regulatory and business solutions to public and private corporations, multinational Fortune 100 companies and start-ups. Drinker Biddle’s nearly 600 lawyers across 13 offices combine a comprehensive range of legal services with significant national roles in industries, including education, financial services, health care, insurance, pharma and life sciences, and retail.
Foster C. Johnson is a trial lawyer who focuses on complex commercial litigation. He has represented a variety of Fortune 100 companies in contract disputes, oil and gas matters, intellectual property litigation, and large-scale consumer and securities class actions. His recent successes include a six-week trial that ended in a $41.6 million jury verdict against Lloyd’s of London. Mr. Johnson has also handled numerous civil appeals and mandamus proceedings in state and federal courts. He was recognized on the 2018 Texas Rising Stars list for his excellence in business litigation. Mr. Johnson received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he served on both the Stanford Law and Policy Review and the Stanford Technology Law Review. He served as a law clerk to Judge Priscilla Owen of the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
David Scharf is one of the country’s leading trial and appellate lawyers and serves as a senior counselor to CEOs and multi-national companies. He is an expert in bankruptcy law, specifically as it relates to the retail sector and national debt restructuring, such as in Puerto Rico. He has more than 25 years of experience representing, and advising, clients in securities, M&A, restructurings, complex commercial and real estate transactions, and other high-stakes business matters. Mr. Scharf leads a vibrant litigation and counseling practice that services some of the country’s foremost companies, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and family offices.
Vincent E. Gentile represents major corporate clients in complex, multiparty cases and individuals and businesses in trials, appeals and in arbitration proceedings. His practice focuses on financial litigation including defense of accountants and auditors, and on shareholder and governance disputes involving closely held corporations.
He has also authored a number of articles on shareholder litigation and accounting liability issues and has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney since 2001. Before entering private practice in New Jersey, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey and chief of the Civil Division.