Elisaveta “Leiza” Dolghih is the managing partner at Dolghih Law Group PLLC, where she handles complex commercial, employment, non-competition, and trade secrets litigation in state and federal courts around the country.
She has extensive courtroom experience, including multiple jury trials, bench trials, temporary restraining order and injunction evidentiary hearings, in person and via Zoom.
Before opening her own firm, Leiza co-chaired a trade secrets practice at the sixth largest firm in the United States. She is often called upon by the clients to assist with key employee moves between competitors. She advises clients on the best protection measures for their trade secrets, and, when necessary, litigates trade secrets misappropriation, non-competition, non-solicitation and other claims that are frequently brought when employees move between competing employers.
Leiza has extensive experience in conducting forensic investigations when a theft of intellectual property is suspected or detected, and swiftly obtaining TROs and injunctions to prevent the dissemination or use of such information by departed employees and their new employers. Leiza has also defended many companies, sometimes on just a two-hour notice, against temporary restraining orders and injunctions that unfairly sought to enforce non-competition, non-solicitation or confidentiality agreements.
Leiza has served on the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act Working Group of the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property and Business Law Section, and as part of her work on that committee, helped draft the 2017 amendments to the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act.
Being Board Certified in Labor and Employment by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization – a distinction earned by less than 8% of attorneys in Texas – she has extensive experience representing employers in administrative proceedings, litigation and arbitrations over claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, medical leave disputes, FLSA collective actions, breach of employment agreements and other employment disputes.
Leiza has been selected to The Best Lawyers Under 40 in 2018 – 2021, and The Best Lawyers in Dallas in 2017, and 2019 – 2021 by D Magazine, Dallas Top 50 Women Lawyers in 2018, by Texas Diversity Council, “Rising Stars” in 2017- 2022 and “Superlawyer” in 2022 by Texas Lawyer.
Leiza’s representative experience in trade secrets and non-competition disputes includes:
- Successfully dissolved a wrongfully-obtained temporary restraining order against a private aircraft management and charter company in cases involving trade secrets misappropriation claims, paving the way to a successful resolution of the entire lawsuit.
- Successfully defended a physician accused of breaching a non-compete agreement by a former employer.
- Successfully defended an enterprise resource planning company accused of trade secrets misappropriation and non-compete violations in a number of related state courts lawsuits, a federal lawsuit, and a related arbitration proceeding.
- Successfully enforced a non-compete agreement on behalf of staffing agency by obtaining a temporary restraining order against a former employee who was violating the agreement. As a result, the employee agreed to comply with the agreement’s restrictions.
- Successfully enforced a non-disclosure agreement on behalf of a software company and obtained injunctive relief against a former employee requiring her to return the company’s data and pay the company’s attorney’s fees and costs incurred in the enforcement action.
- Obtained a grant of special appearance on behalf of a foreign client accused of trade secrets misappropriation by a Texas company.
- Successfully enforced a non-compete agreement on behalf of an occupational therapy clinic by obtaining a temporary restraining order against a former employee who was violating the agreement; the employee agreed to comply with the agreement’s restrictions.
- 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
- 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
- Advised employers regarding various employment issues involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of employment agreement and other employment-related claims
Ms. Dolghih is a native Russian speaker (говорю по русски) and is conversational in Spanish.
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If you need help with noncompete agreements, nonsolicitation agreements, trade secret misappropriation or any employment issues, do not hesitate to contact me using the form below, or call the office at (214) 531-2403. You can also email me at Leiza@dlg-legal.com.
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