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Zach Wolfe

J.D., Univ. of Texas School of Law with honors

B.A., in Government, Harvard magna cum laude

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AV Preeminent

Profile:  

Zach Wolfe is a trial lawyer with over 20 years of experience in business litigation matters, focusing recently on non-compete and trade secret litigation. His experience includes jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and appeals. He is rated AV (Preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell.

Zach frequently teaches continuing legal education courses on current issues in litigation. He writes a weekly blog on litigation topics: www.fiveminutelaw.com.

Representative Matters:  
  • Obtained defense verdict from Texas jury in lawsuit involving claims for breach of non-competes and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Successfully resolved numerous cases involving officers or employees who left companies to join competing ventures.
  • Briefed and argued appeal of trade secrets case, resulting in dismissal of client for lack of jurisdiction.
  • Assisted trial team in defense of trademark infringement claims made by global industry leader against Texas client.
  • Prevailed in bench trial in federal court on executive’s claim for performance bonus against worldwide semiconductor company.
  • Obtained jury verdict and judgment against guarantors in real estate development deal.
  • Assisted defense of international banking institutions in series of multi-million dollar securities fraud claims.
  • Prevailed in bench trial against claims for business interruption damages arising from commercial lease dispute.
  • Advised Texas employees and employers on non-competes and other employment-related agreements.
Practice Areas:
 Zach’s areas of practice have included:
  • Departing employee litigation, including claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and violation of non-competes
  • Intellectual property litigation and prosecution, including trademark, copyright, and patent matters
  • Claims involving executive compensation and severance
  • Employment litigation
  • Commercial litigation in the energy industry
  • Claims arising from industrial, oilfield, and construction accidents
  • Real estate litigation, including landlord-tenant, condominium, and homeowner association issues
  • Securities fraud litigation
  • Insurance coverage litigation
  • Claims arising from employee embezzlement
  • Construction litigation
  • Partnership disputes
Professional Affiliations:  
  • Houston Bar Association Fun Run committee
  • Master, Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court
  • Volunteer for Houston Bar Association “Legal Line” call-in program
  • Co-founder of scholarship foundation for central Texas band students
Publications & Presentations:
Zach regularly writes and speaks about current issues in business litigation and employment litigation. Click here for a list of his presentations and publications.  Some of his recent presentations include:
  • Co-presenter, “Lessons Learned from One Year of Defend Trade Secrets Act Litigation” (Houston Bar Association, 2017)
  • Presenter, “What Business Lawyers Need to Know When Key Employees Leave to Compete” (Austin Bar Association, 2016)
  • Moderator, “Proving (or Attacking) Lost Profits Damages in Trade Secrets Cases and Other Cases” (TexasBarCLE webast, 2016)
  • Co-presenter, “Advanced Non-Competes: What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know Can Hurt You” (NELA Houston chapter, 2016)
Admissions:  
  • State Bar of Texas
  • All state and federal courts in Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court