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Joseph Y. Ahmad, a founding partner in the Houston law firm of AZA, is a lawyer for executives and has been recognized nationally as one of the best lawyers in his field. He represents executives in a variety of matters, including breach of contract, trade secrets, covenants not to compete, breach of fiduciary duty and other matters.

He 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 a “2015 Lawyer of the Year” in the Houston area. Mr. Ahmad has been recognized as a leading lawyer in “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.” He has 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. He was also named a Benchmark Litigation Star in 2016-2022. Mr. Ahmad received the 2019 Distinguished Member Award from the South Asian Bar Association of Houston. He has received a rating of AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Having tried more than 50 cases to a verdict, and argued more than a dozen cases on appeal, he is a nationally recognized expert and frequent lecturer on a variety of law topics for organizations such as the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, The University of Texas School of Law, and the University of Houston Law Foundation. He has been a frequent commentator on legal issues for various media entities, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Houston Chronicle, and local television stations.

His more recent engagements include representing: a general counsel sued for trade secret theft, 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. And he was recently widely quoted by media nationally for his representation of Dr. Hasan Gokul, a doctor improperly accused of stealing COVID-19 vaccine. AZA is handling Dr. Gokal’s civil lawsuit against Harris County and Harris County Public Health for discrimination based on his race and national origin. Media coverage includes CNN’s “Texas doctor fired for using leftover Covid-19 vaccine doses sues county for discrimination.”

He also recently on a $62.65 million verdict from a Nevada jury in a nationally watched case for emergency room physician group clients who were underpaid by United Healthcare, the largest insurer in the nation. The jury in this seven-week trial unanimously found malice, oppression, and fraud in the underpayment of the doctors. This verdict against a cluster of United Healthcare affiliates will serve as a bellwether for more than two dozen similar cases around the nation against various insurers.

Mr. Ahmad also maintains a blog called “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.

Professional Memberships

Houston and American Bar Associations (Sections: Litigation; Labor and Employment Law; Co-Chair of Trade Secrets, Covenants Not to Compete and Duty of Loyalty Subcommittee)

State Bar of Texas (Sections: Labor; Litigation)

Texas Trial Lawyers Association

The Association of Trial Lawyers of America

National Employment Lawyers Association

Houston Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association (past president – 2000)

Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation



Taking aim at non-competes, ELA/ABA 7th Transatlantic Conference: The Global Working World – Evolution, Opportunity and Challenge, Webinar, October 2021

SLAPP Your Opponents: What Employment Lawyers Need to Know about the Anti-SLAPP Law, State Bar of Texas Webcast, October 2018

The Brave New World of Trade Secrets and Non-Competes: Drafting and Negotiating Non-Compete and Confidentiality Agreements, American Bar Association webinar, February 2018

Motions Practice in the Houston and Galveston Divisions: What’s New, and What Can Be Improved?, Southern District of Texas Bench/Bar Conference, November 2017

Texas Trade Secrets and Covenants Not to Compete: Recent Updates, co-authored with Harrison Scheer, presented to Texas Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, September 2017 in Seattle, WA.

The Federalization of Trade Secrets – Working with the Defend Trade Secrets Act, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, July 2016

Counterclaims and Anti-SLAPP Actions: What Happens When the Tide Turns?, American Bar Association Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee, March 2016

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