- Nevada, 1997
- J.D., University of South Carolina, School of Law, 1997
- B.S., Business Finance, College of Charleston, 1991
Leigh practices in commercial and complex litigation, employment & labor law, and trust & estate litigation. Her representation covers all aspects of litigation, from investigation through filing of initial pleadings, discovery, and motion practice, to trial. Leigh is co-chair of the firm’s employment law practice and is a frequent lecturer and presenter on this topic and topics in construction law. Throughout her career, Leigh has been recognized as one of the best lawyers in America, named a legal elite by Nevada Business Magazine and a Mountain States Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. She received the Order of the Coif from the University of South Carolina and a Women of Achievement award. She also has an AV preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell.
Leigh has extensive experience representing clients in state and federal court. She has represented local, national and international businesses in contract disputes, trade secret violations, and matters of fraud, misrepresentation, and unfair trade practices. She has represented contractors and developers in construction claims and enforcement of mechanic’s liens; and beneficiaries, trustees, and executors in trust and estate litigation matters. She also handles the defense in discrimination and wrongful termination claims and counsels employers in personnel issues, investigations into illegal harassment complaints, and evaluation of demotion and termination decisions.
Leigh belongs to many professional organizations that focus on improving the legal profession and the knowledge of its practitioners. She is master emeritus of Inns of Court, Bruce R. Thompson Chapter; and member and past president of the Federal Bar Association; the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation and Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; the Nevada Bar Association; and the Washoe County Bar Association. She is also involved in the community as a trustee for the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, and participates in numerous local charity events for public education and cancer research.
Leigh is licensed to practice in Nevada state and federal courts.
Commercial & Complex Litigation
Cases include the representation of local, national and international businesses in claims involving contract disputes, trade secret violations, tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty, business entity dissolutions, enforcement and defense of non-competition covenants, fraud, misrepresentation, conversion, defamation, unfair trade practices, and appointment of receivers.
Trust & Estate Litigation
Cases include the representation of beneficiaries, trustees, and executors in trust and estate litigation matters, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty, surcharge, accounting, and recoupment of funds.
As co-chair of the firm’s employment law practice, Ms. Goddard represents employers and management. This includes defending against discrimination claims and wrongful termination claims in state and federal courts, defending against charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, counseling employers in personnel issues, investigation of illegal harassment and discrimination complaints, and evaluating demotion and termination decisions. Her representation has also included pursuing and defending claims in state and federal court related to enforcement of employment covenants not to compete.
- “Non-Competition Covenants in Nevada,” March 30, 2017
- “Nevada Wage & Hour Hot Topics,” Oct. 12, 2016
- “HIPAA for Employers,” Feb. 27, 2004
- “Overtime Requirements in Nevada,” March 18, 2003
- “Employment-Related Records in Nevada,” Jan. 17, 2003
- “Payroll Management in Nevada,” Sept. 17, 2002
- “The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues in Nevada,” July 30, 2008
- “Fundamentals of Mechanic’s Lien Law in Nevada,” Oct. 11, 2007
- “The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues in Nevada,” June 22, 2006
Awards and Recognition
The Best Lawyers in America© – Commercial Litigation; Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
Nevada Business Magazine “Legal Elite” – Employment & Labor; Commercial & Complex Litigation; Trust & Estates
Super Lawyers “Mountain States Super Lawyers” (Top 50 Women)
Super Lawyers “Mountain States Super Lawyers” – Business Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
Women of Achievement Award
Order of the Coif, University of South Carolina
Martindale-Hubbell AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated
Master emeritus, Inns of Court, Bruce R. Thompson Chapter
President, Federal Bar Association (Nevada chapter, 2007–08)
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
Nevada Bar Association
Washoe County Bar Association
Board of Trustees, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (chair, 2016-2017; vice chair, 2014–15; secretary, 2012–13; treasurer, 2011–12)
Participation in numerous local charity events benefiting public education and cancer research
November 25, 2019, Law360, by Vin Gurrieri– In Nevada, one issue that Reno-based McDonald Carano LLP partner Leigh Goddard said has created a “huge problem” for employers is a law taking effect…
October 17, 2019, Law 360, by Vin Gurrieri A recent Fifth Circuit decision allowing a worker to pursue claims that he was illegally fired after jury service shows that missteps related…
Las Vegas, Nevada, August 15, 2019 – McDonald Carano LLP is pleased to announce new recognition in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. McDonald Carano attorneys recognized…
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