Speaker

John Zavitsanos

Attorney, Archon of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle
Houston, Texas

John Zavitsanos has been a trial lawyer in Texas for over 25 years. He is the managing partner of AZA, one of the premier litigation firms in the country. His peers have repeatedly voted him one of the top 100 lawyers in Texas and one of the Best Lawyers in America. He is rated by the prestigious international rating service Chambers and Partners, among many other distinctions.

In 2007, Mr. Zavitsanos was selected to serve on a five-member committee by the Ecumenical Patriarch to investigate the possibility of initiating human rights litigation against the government of Turkey before the European Courts of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. As a member of the committee, Mr. Zavitsanos worked with numerous internationally known human rights lawyers, including lawyers from the American Center for Law and Justice, the European Center for Law and Justice, and some prominent human rights lawyers from Turkey. He was a member of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, president for three years of his local parish (Annunciation Cathedral) as well as a member of the National Council of the Order of St. Andrew.

As an attorney, his cases have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The National Law Review, The American Lawyer, The Texas Lawyer, and many other national publications. He has tried more than 75 cases to a verdict in a multitude of areas of the law including financial services, construction, oil and gas, complex commercial disputes, director and officer liability, non-compete/trade secret disputes, and business torts. He is also the primary author of “O’Connor’s Texas Rules” – widely regarded as the leading reference manual for litigators in the state of Texas.

Mr. Zavitsanos and his wife, Joni, have been married for more than 25 years and have four children.