Elisaveta

Elisaveta "Leiza" Dolghih

Senior Attorney

  • Banking and Financial Institution Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Energy/ Oil and Gas Litigation
  • Labor and Employment

Elisaveta "Leiza" Dolghih is a Senior Attorney at GODWIN PC, with a broad business and employment litigation practice. After graduating from Baylor Law School at 23 years old, she began concentrating her practice in complex commercial litigation, later adding employment litigation. A significant part of her practice consists of enforcing non-compete agreements and assisting employers in preventing and prosecuting misappropriation of trade secrets by former employees and competitors.

Business Litigation

Ms. Dolghih represents companies and individuals in a variety of business disputes, including:

  • Breach of contracts
  • Fraud and fraudulent inducement
  • Partnership and business ownership disputes
  • Breaches of fiduciary duties
  • Director and officer liability
  • Tortious interference with contracts
  • Tortious interference with prospective business relations
  • Business disparagement

Unfair Competition, Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Litigation

With extensive experience in representing both employers and employees in disputes involving non-compete agreements and trade secrets misappropriation, Ms. Dolghih brings a valuable perspective to each side in these matters. Most recently, she has:

  • Facilitated return of employer's confidential information taken by a departing employee and obtained a temporary injunction against the employee prohibiting the use of such confidential information at the new place of employment
  • Filed a declaratory judgment suit on behalf of a former employee resulting in a non-compete restraint being reduced from 5-years to 2-years by the former employer
  • Obtained a temporary injunction on behalf of an employer enforcing a non-compete clause against two departed employees who opened a competing business
  • Defended several large companies accused of misappropriating trade secrets and aiding and abetting such misappropriation

Lawsuits involving non-compete and trade secrets misappropriation claims typically move very quickly, which is why it is important to have an attorney who knows what to do, and can act swiftly on behalf of the client in obtaining a temporary injunction and preventing further damage.

Employment Litigation

Ms. Dolghih defends clients in the following types of employment disputes:

  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations
  • Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA) violations
  • Texas Payday Law violations
  • Title VII employment discrimination and retaliation claims
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) violations
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations
  • Employment-related torts such as negligent hiring, retention and supervision
  • Breach of employment and commission agreements
  • Executive compensation disputes
  • Breach of commission agreements

Employment Pre-Litigation Advice and Counsel

Avoiding a business dispute before it happens is often the best course of action. Ms. Dolghih regularly counsels and assists employers with:

  • Hiring and firing of employees
  • Proper classification of employees and independent contractors
  • Drafting and enforcement of employment and social media policies and handbooks
  • Drafting and enforcement of employment and independent contractor agreements
  • Investigation of discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) issues
  • Department of Labor (DOL), Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigations

Ms. Dolghih is a native Russian speaker and is conversational in Spanish.

She frequently speaks on non-compete and trade secrets issues and maintains her own blog at www.northtexaslegalnews.com, where she blogs about business and employment law developments in Texas.

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  • Representative Experience

    Representative Experience

    • Assisted multiple employers in successfully enforcing their non-competition agreements against former employees
    • Advised multiple business owners regarding their rights and obligations under the non-competition agreements related to the sale of their businesses
    • Advised multiple employees regarding their rights and obligations under their non-competition agreements
    • Represented a former employee in a declaratory judgment against his former employer seeking declaration of a non-competition agreement unenforceable
    • Advised employers regarding wage and hour violations and unemployment benefits
    • Assisted a former employee in a dispute with the former employer regarding post-employment obligations
    • Represented a supplier in a breach of contract dispute with a manufacturer
    • Represented an oil & gas company in a breach of contract case
    • Represented a service company in an oil & gas industry in an intellectual property dispute
    • Represented a post-confirmation liquidating trustee for a Nevada sub-prime mortgage servicer in multiple adversary proceedings arising out of a $960 million Ponzi scheme
    • Represented the Joint Official Liquidators for Cayman Islands and Maltese companies in the Multi District Litigation arising out of the collapse of Parmalat
    • Represented a domestic subsidiary of an international bank in a dispute related to the financing of a commercial farming operation in West Texas.
    • As lead associate, represented several real estate developers in a lawsuit against a Utah industrial bank.
    • As the lead associate, represented more than 6,000 immigration bond indemnitors in a class action lawsuit against two insurance companies and a bond agency.
    • Represented a Chapter 11 Trustee for Nevada medical clinics that are defendants in a mass tort litigation.
    • Represented Chapter 11 debtors in investigating, evaluating and prosecuting claims against law firms, auditors, the FDIC and the “New Bank” arising from the failure of BankUnited.
  • Presentations & Publications

    Presentations & Publications

    • Co-Author "The Days of Spilling Trade Secrets in Litigation Could Be Numbered". Texas Lawyer, March 3, 2016
    • Speaker, "Forum Selection...Choice of Law...and a Tale of Stipulations", UT Law CLE Non-Compete Camp Discussion - Dallas, TX. (2015).
    • Author, "Nuts and Bolts of Employment Litigation for General Practitioner", News for the Bar- Texas State Bar Litigation section (Fall Edition, 2015).
    • Author, "Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act . . . Where Are We Now?", News for the Bar – Texas State Bar Litigation section (Winter edition, 2016)
  • Admitted Practice

    Admitted Practice

    • State Courts of Texas (2006)
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
    • England and Wales (2009)
  • Member

    Member

    • Texas Bar Association, Litigation Section
    • Dallas Bar Association, Business Litigation Section
    • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
      • Freedom Run Committee, Co-Chair
      • Judiciary Committee, Member
      • Young Employment and Labor Lawyers
    • Dallas Women Lawyers Association
  • Education

    Education

    • J.D. Baylor University School of Law, 2006
      • Baylor Law Review, Notes and Comment Editor
      • Order of Barristers, Member
      • Full-Tuition Scholarship
      • Award for Outstanding Record in the Field of Commercial Law
    • B.B.A. magna cum laude, University of North Texas, 2002
  • Community

    Community

    • Junior Achievement Dallas, Young Professionals Board Member
    • Attorneys Serving the Community, Member
    • North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Member
    • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Member
    • Friends of the Katy Trail, Membership Committee, Member
    • Dallas Museum of Arts Junior Associates, Member
    • World Affairs Council, Member