From DJ to J.D.
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Former reporter, campaign manager and disc jockey
Adam Milasincic holds one other title: No. 1 on his Bar exam
BY MICHAEL CORCORAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY FELIX SANCHEZ
THE CALL CAME FROM A TEXAS Supreme Court justice, delivering the news that Adam
Milasincic, now a business litigator at Houston’s Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi &
Mensing (AZA), had topped all the other 2,463 test-takers on the 2011 Texas Bar.
“To tell you the truth, I didn’t get a sense that I was acing the test,” says Milasincic. “My
main feeling was one of relief that it was over.” But ace it he did, as he found out from
then-Justice Dale Wainwright.
Soft-spoken in person, Milasincic “has got a fire in his belly like you wouldn’t believe” in
the courtroom, according to AZA partner John Zavitsanos, the Z in the middle.
Though 31-year-old Milansincic didn’t enroll in law school until two years after college,
he’s already made a name for himself in Houston by suing and defending some of the
largest corporations in Texas, often in the energy sector.
His recent cases include: representing six former Continental Airlines pilots in a suit
against their union, in which the pilots claimed they were shortchanged seniority after a
merger with United Airlines; and representing the family of a volunteer firefighter who died
in a 2012 training exercise in Beaumont. They are suing the facility and training organizers,
claiming negligence. Neal Wade Smith, 46, was unresponsive after completing a “smoke
divers” drill and suffered heat stroke. “A legitimate training program would obviously
include some difficult exercise,” says Milasincic, “but this was just fraternity-styled hazing.”
“There is no question that Adam punches above his weight,” says AZA’s Tim Shelby, who
was co-counsel with Milasincic on a recent precedent-setting case representing a natural-
gas processing company. “He understands strategy and can boil down cases into easy-to-
understand jury concepts. Both of these skills are very uncommon for an attorney who’s just
five years out of law school. Some never get there.”