Elisaveta "Leiza" Dolghih


  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Employment
  • Unfair Competition, Trade Secrets & Copyright

Elisaveta "Leiza" Dolghih is a trusted counselor and litigator, who is well-known for her skills in both federal and state courts, and her handling of complex business and employment disputes. Her practice includes a broad range of business and employment litigation, with a focus on prosecution and defense of unfair competition, noncompetition agreements, and misappropriation of trade secrets claims, including temporary restraining orders and temporary injunction hearings.

After graduating from Baylor Law School at 23 years old, she has been successfully representing large companies, small business owners, and individual employees in courtrooms all over Texas for over a decade.

Ms. Dolghih has represented clients in the following types of business disputes:

  • breach of contract
  • 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 and defamation

In addition to her litigation practice, she also counsels company clients regarding compliance with employment-related statutes such as:

  • Title VII
  • The American with Disabilities Act
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • Federal Labor Standards Act
  • OSHA
  • Other federal and state employment laws

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

She frequently speaks and writes regarding 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. Reflecting the excellence of her practice, she has been selected to D Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Dallas", and has earned a 10.0 "Superb" ranking from AVVO, its highest attorney rating.

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Representative Experience

  • Assisted multiple employers in successfully enforcing their non-competition agreements against former employees
  • 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
  • Obtained a temporary injunction on behalf of an employer enforcing a non-compete clause against two departed employees who opened a competing business
  • Obtained a temporary injunction on behalf of former business owners prohibiting enforcement of their non-compete agreement
  • Obtained a temporary injunction against a large company prohibiting it from enforcing an unenforceable non-compete agreement
  • Defended several large companies accused of misappropriating trade secrets and aiding and abetting such misappropriation
  • 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
  • Advised multiple business owners regarding their rights and obligations under non-competition agreements related to the sale of their business
  • Advised hundreds of employees regarding their rights and obligations under their non-competition agreements
  • Advised employers regarding wage and hour violation and unemployment benefits
  • Assisted several former employees in their disputes with former employers regarding their post-employment obligations
  • Negotiated modifications to and release of various non-competition agreements
  • Presentations & Publications

    Presentations & Publications

    • Speaker, "Commission Pay for Employees: Structuring Agreements and Defending Claims Absent a Contract", Strafford Publications CLE Webinar, (March 7, 2017)
    • Guest Expert, "Brokers Try to Protect Client Relationships," Business Insurance (December 2016)
    • Author, "Ethical Concerns in Ex Parte Communications with Adverse Employer's Employees," American Bar Association (Fall, 2016)
    • Author, "Federal DTSA: A New Avenue for Trade Secret Enforcement", Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, (October, 2016)
    • Workplace Harassment Training Seminar, (September 2016)
    • Guest Expert, "First Amendment Protects Public Workers' Rights for Perceived Protected Activity", Westlaw Journal Employment, (May 2016)
    • Guest Expert, Phil Hullet and Friends Show podcast, "Perception of Discrimination" (Los Angeles, 2016)
    • Guest Expert, Legally Sound/Smart Business podcast, "Texas Gym Tests the Limits of Unfair Competition" (Houston, 2016)
    • Speaker, "Electronic Discovery, Including Social Media, Preservation and Sanctions," Dallas Bar Association, Business Litigation Section, (May 6, 2016)
    • Guest Expert, "After Scalia's Death, Outlook Unclear for Some Employment Cases," Westlaw Employment Journal, (March 2016)
    • Co-Author, "The Days of Spilling Trade Secrets in Litigation Could be Numbered". Texas Lawyer, (March 3, 2016)
    • Guest Expert, "Supreme Court to Consider if Cop's Demotion Violated First Amendment," Westlaw Employment Journal, (February 2016)
    • Guest Expert, "Employers Walk a Fine Line in Accommodating Alcoholic Workers," Business Insurance, (January 2016)
    • Author, "Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act…Where Are We Now?", News for the Bar – Texas State Bar Litigation Section (Winter Edition, 2016)
    • Speaker, "Forum Selection…Choice of Law…and a Tale of Stipulations", UT 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).
    • Speaker, "Using Corporate Counsel to Creatively Navigate Corporate Structures", Annette Stewart Inn of Court, Dallas, Texas (2015)
  • Honors & Awards

    Honors & Awards

    • Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2017
    • "Superb" 10-rating by AVVO.com
  • 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
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
    • England and Wales (2009) (inactive)
  • Member


    • Texas Bar Association
      • Litigation Section
      • Intellectual Property Section
      • Trade Secrets Committee
      • Labor and Employment Section
      • Business Law
    • Dallas Bar Association
      • Business Litigation Section
  • 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
    • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, Credentialed Mediator, 2017
  • Media