Samer Al-Azem received his J.D. in December 1994 from the University of Houston Law Center. Prior to that, he had received both a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a Masters of Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1989 and 1991 respectively.

During his engineering educational tenure, Samer was a member of Tau Beta Pi (an Engineering Honor Society), Alpha Pi Mu (an Industrial Engineering Honor Society), and Beta Theta Pi (a social fraternity). While in law school, in addition to participating in various mock trial and moot court competitions, Samer assisted in coaching the University of Houston National Intellectual Property Moot Court Team.

Before attending law school, Samer worked as an engineer with Schlumberger in Sugar Land, Texas. Subsequently, after receiving his law degree, Samer joined Matthews and Associates L.L.P. in 1995 where he was an associate for five years before becoming the General Counsel for Zakhem Investments America, Inc. Thereafter, Samer joined McGlinchey Stafford, P.L.L.C. where he was involved in all aspects of that sizeable firm’s commercial litigation and Intellectual Property practice. In 2002, Mr. Al-Azem became a partner at Matthews, Lawson, Bowick & Al-Azem, P.L.L.C. where he primarily practiced in the Intellectual Property arena and handled a myriad of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and business tort related litigation.

Samer Al-Azem, P.C. d/b/a The Azem Firm strove to assist its clients in all their business and litigation needs. Its services ranged from entity formation and prosecution of patents, trademark and patents, to negotiating and drafting contracts, both domestically and internationally, and handling a wide variety of litigation in both the Intellectual Property and commercial litigation fields.

Samer Al-Azem is admitted to practice law in the State of Texas, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Texas and the Eastern District of Texas, and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and has co-authored and presented two very well received seminars entitled “Law of the Internet in Texas” and “Privacy Law.”


David Ghisalbert is a general civil litigation trial lawyer who has been in practice for more than twelve years. He was trained and associated with one of the country’s great trial lawyers, Richard “Racehorse�? Haynes, for over thirteen years, and just like his mentor, he is tenacious, aggressive, smart, organized, and pays a great deal of attention to the details of each of his clients’ cases. He is a forceful advocate for his clients in both state and federal courts. Just like his mentor, Mr. Ghisalbert has a great deal of experience in trying cases in a diverse field of litigation, including business and trade cases, commercial cases, bankruptcy, personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, legal malpractice, family and divorce proceedings. He also has extensive appellate experience in both civil and criminal matters.

Mr. Ghisalbert received both his bachelor’s degree, as well as his law degree from the University of Houston. He is admitted to practice in the State of Texas, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.