Elisaveta “Leiza” Dolghih is a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, 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, and injunction evidentiary hearings, in person and via Zoom.
Leiza is a Co-Chair of Lewis Brisbois’ Trade Secrets Practice Area, and 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 first-chaired multiple evidentiary injunction hearings and has logged hundreds of hours in courtrooms around the country putting on evidence and cross-examining witnesses in trade secrets and non-competition lawsuits, resulting in favorable outcomes for her clients.
She currently serves 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, 2019, and 2020, and The Best Lawyers in Dallas in 2017, 2019 and 2020 by D Magazine, Dallas Top 50 Women Lawyers in 2018, by Texas Diversity Council, and “Rising Stars” in 2017- 2021 by Texas Lawyer.
Leiza’s representative experience in trade secrets and non-competition disputes includes:
Obtained two back-to-back injunctions in Texas and Florida enforcing an insurance company’s employee and customer non-solicitation agreements with sales employees.
Successfully defended a software company in a lawsuit involving allegations of trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement related to an ERP software application.
Within 11 days of filing the lawsuit, obtained a declaration on behalf the physician that his non-competition agreement with a medical practice was invalid and unenforceable, ultimately resulting in a dismissal of the lawsuit.
Obtained an injunction for a software technology company enforcing a non-competition agreement with a former employee and a return of employer’s confidential information from the employee and partial payment of the employer’s attorney’s fees.
Obtained an injunction for a speech and occupational therapy clinic against former employees who former a competing business in violation of their non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.
Obtained injunctions on behalf of multiple staffing companies enforcing employee’s non-competition and non-solicitation agreements with their employees who started competing businesses or joined competitors.
Obtained an injunction for a media advertising company enforcing its former employee’s non-competition and non-solicitation agreement.
Successfully defended former employees of a private aviation company and their new business against an injunction that sought to enforce their non-competition and non-disclosure agreements, resulting in the ultimate dismissal of the case against them.
Successfully defended former employees of a tax consulting company and their new business against an injunction order that sought to enforced their non-competition agreements.
Successfully defended a physician in a lawsuit seeking to enforce his non-compete and non-solicitation agreement with a medical practice, resulting in a monetary award to the client.
Obtained multiple injunctions against former employees of a medical spa franchise enforcing their non-competition and non-solicitation agreements with their former employer.
Ms. Dolghih is a native Russian speaker (говорю по русски) and is conversational in Spanish.
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