Ms. Dolghih is a Shareholder at GODWIN BOWMAN & MARTINEZ PC, with a broad business and employment litigation practice. After graduating from Baylor Law School at 23 years old, she began specializing in complex commercial litigation, later adding employment litigation as well.
A big 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.
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
Ms. Dolghih has extensive experience in representing both employers and employees in disputes involving non-compete agreements and trade secrets misappropriation. 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.
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
Ms. Dolghih regularly 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 (говорю по русски) and is conversational in Spanish.
If you need assistance with an employment or a business dispute, contact Leiza Dolghih for a confidential consultation at LDolghih@GodwinLaw.com or LinkedIn.
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