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Thomas Blake Maddrey

Intellectual property Attorney at Dallas, TX

5.0   10 reviews

About Thomas

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Thomas Maddrey is the founding partner and lead attorney for Maddrey PLLC. Prior to attending law school at the SMU Dedman School of Law, Thomas was a commercial photographer, entrepreneur, and gallery owner. His photography training was at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California where he obtained his first bachelor’s degree. Next, Thomas came back to his hometown of Dallas, TX and obtained a Business degree from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Realizing that his entrepreneurial endeavors and artistic background give him a unique perspective on the laws and cases facing those groups, Thomas enrolled at SMU where he obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. Shortly thereafter, he passed the Texas Bar Examination and was licensed as an attorney by the State of Texas.

Thomas first worked for Harrison + Hull, a boutique litigation firm in McKinney, TX where he was focused on litigation. In his role at the firm, Thomas was a constant presence in the courtrooms of Texas, defending his clients and arguing on their behalf to tribunals across the state.

In October of 2015, Thomas knew the time was right to fulfill his dreams and launch his own firm, Maddrey PLLC. Inundated with clients from day 1, Thomas has grown into a master of keeping all the balls of running a law firm in the air at once. In December, he hired his first associate attorney, and multiple clerks to assist with his workload at the burgeoning firm.

Thomas knows that the choice of legal representation is not one undertaken lightly, no matter how big or small the matter. To that end, he is personally engaged with each and every client, and is always available to the clients of Maddrey PLLC.

“There is added responsibility when your name is on the door. I consider that the first contract I enter into with my clients. I will put my name on the work I do for you. I will fight on your behalf. There is no passing the buck. It stops with me, and my clients know it. That forms a bond between this firm and its clients that is built on pride, trust, and honor.”

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Licensed for 8 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2014
Updated 10/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Thomas

Maddrey PLLC
901 Main St.
Ste. 6530
Dallas, TX, 75202

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Posted by Kate | January 28, 2021
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Commercial photographer
Thomas was exactly what I needed in setting up my photography business for success. He gave me all of the information I needed and made sure I was protected. I feel more confident with my agreements and policies in place after working with him.
Posted by Jeanne | September 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
No hesitation!
Fortunately I was acquainted with Tom via his workshops for artists. The sessions were informative and clearly explained legal issues that might particularly apply to those in the creative industries. So, when a large company failed to uphold their portion of a job I was involved in, I didn’t hesitate. I called Tom. He went to bat for me, held them responsible for their actions and, consequently, I received fair compensation. He will fight for the ‘little guy’ and is not intimidated by the opposition.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2018
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Owner
Tom and his firm have represented my business in a variety of legal support issues and I am always very happy with the support I receive and the outcome of the work. Tom is easy to talk with and explains the options very well and provides very good support from start to finish. I feel confident that all of my company legal requirements are in good hands.
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2017
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Wonderful lawyer for those in the creative industry
Working in the creative industry it is so important to have someone that understands what makes our industry unique and how the law applies to it. Someone who can see all the angles of the creative workflow and help walk one through what can even seem like a daunting field of legal options. That is just what Tom and his team are. Tom listened carefully to what my concerns regarding intellectual property on one of my projects and was able to break it down in a way that made sense and present my options. Having worked in the creative industry is a definite plus with Tom. He knows how creatives approach the the work, the passion we have about our projects, and how to protect what we create. Thank you Tom!
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Posted by Shawn | May 10, 2017
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Getting the job done right!
Maddrey's law firm is experienced, knowledgable, and friendly. This firm is not only approachable, but feels like family once you consult or hire them. This is brains and beauty that you need on your side!
Posted by Lisa | January 30, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Excelllence without Arrogance
Tom is the perfect blend of intelligence and confidence without the all too common lawyer trait of arrogance. He provides excellent legal services and is a pleasure to work with. Tom can quickly dissect the relevant issues, understand and address complex matters, and then draft writings that are clear, persuasive, and nuanced. Tom is adept at identifying the root of the problem, and then figuring out how to effectively advocate for his client.
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Posted by Nicollette | January 21, 2017
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Thomas is awesome.
I first found out about Thomas through the American Society of Media Photographers, so right off the bat, I knew he was credible. He exceeded my expectations by his professional advice and by always being available whenever I needed him. Because of his background in photography, his knowledge and guidance has proven to be so valuable to me and my business and I am so grateful!
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Posted by Josh | January 11, 2017
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Review from a Startup
I really enjoyed working with Tom and Ford. My brother and I started our own company, which neither of us have ever done before. We weren't sure what the legal processes were like, and we chose Tom to help us. Tom took the time to answer each and every detailed question that I had, and he explained it in a way that made perfect sense. He is open and honest about what/how he charges his clients, which was a big deal for me. I had always heard of how lawyers can take advantage of their clients, making them pay an outrageous amount for unknown services. Tom is not like that. When I had any question at all about an invoice, he took the time to look over his records and precisely explain what went into the invoice. I also like how quick he and Ford responded any time I sent an email or called to leave a message. These two are very professional, and I'm glad we decided to use them for our startup!
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Posted by Lisa | January 9, 2017
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Great lawyer for the Creative types!
Let me take this opportunity to thank Tom and his staff, in helping to resolve the payment issues related to a long-time client refusing to pay for his logo design. All of my previous attempts to resolve this issue myself were in vain. I sincerely believe that without your firm’s assistance, I would have never received the payment. It has been a pleasure working with you and your firm. I hope I do not have to use your services in the future, but if I do, you will be the first one I call!
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Posted by Chris | January 8, 2017
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Small business
Working with Maddrey PLLC was great. They were detailed, responsive, and considerate of our needs. Easy to talk to, easy to work with. Highly recommend!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-325 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Maddrey PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Harrison & Hull, LLP
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Judicial Clerk
  • United States District Court Eastern District Of Texas
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • Collin County District Attorney's Office
  • 2012 - 2012
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Education

  • Southern Methodist University
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2014
  • University of Texas System, Dallas
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2011
  • Brooks Institute
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts in Photography
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Multiple Copyright Infringement Claims for an Award - Winning Commercial Photographer

Associations

  • Arts Counsel Texas
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Computer and Technology Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Probate, Trusts and Estate Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Business Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Entertainment and Sports Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Intellectual Property Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Professional Photographers of America
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Society of Media Photographers
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019

Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Getting Real About Arts Entrepreneurship
  • Arts Entrepreneurship
  • 2017
  • 2017 Lunch + Learn
  • Setting Up Your Business - Contracts and Releases
  • 2017
  • 2017 Lunch + Learn
  • Copyright: What Artists Need to Know
  • 2017
  • 2017 Lunch + Learn
  • Working With an Art Gallery
  • 2017
  • 2017 Lunch + Learn
  • Film and the Artist
  • 2017
  • 2017 Lunch + Learn
  • What Should I Not Do?
  • 2017
  • 2017 Lunch + Learn
  • Transformative Fair Use - A Head to Head Discussion
  • 2017
  • 2017 Lunch + Learn
  • Trademarks & Social Media
  • 2017
  • Visiting Lecturer
  • Appropriation and Ethics in Art
  • 2016
  • Ethics in Art + Design Symposium
  • Panel on Ethics
  • 2016
  • Copyright and Trademark Seminar
  • The Importance of Copyright in Photography
  • 2016
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Helping Photographers Navigate Legal Issues
  • 2016
  • 2016 Lunch + Learn
  • Setting Up Your Art Business
  • 2016
  • 2016 Lunch + Learn
  • Building Your Legal Toolbox
  • 2016
  • 2016 Lunch + Learn
  • Who Are You? Marketing for Artists
  • 2016
  • 2016 Lunch + Learn
  • Up In The Air! Drones!
  • 2016
  • 2016 Lunch + Learn
  • Protecting Your Artwork Online
  • 2016
  • 2016 Lunch + Learn
  • You Have Questions, We Have (Some Of) The Answers
  • 2016
  • 2016 Annual Conference
  • Contract and Copyright for Photographers
  • 2016
  • 2015 DFW Photo Expo
  • Sprint From The Starting Line: Legal Basics for Photographers
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Business Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Tom is dedicated to helping the creative community and protecting its rights. His background in the arts and his legal expertise form the perfect foundation for a legal practice that excels in providing both creative and practical solutions."
Copyright infringement Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Tom brings a wealth of experience in a number of legal areas, especially copyright law. He comes from an entrepreneurial background, which aids him in developing client-tailored solutions that are both creative and practical."
Business Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Tom for several years, and found him to be intelligent, knowledgeable, and very creative in his approach to solving his client's legal problems. Tom's highly innovative approach and his superb use of technology help him efficiently handle both common and uncommon legal issues."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked with Tom in many areas. He is detail oriented and extremely knowledgeable in copyright and intellectual property law. I would recommend him to anybody looking for help in these areas."
Copyright application Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Dallas Intellectual property Lawyer Thomas Blake Maddrey
Thomas Blake Maddrey
Intellectual property Attorney
Dallas, TX
Licensed for 8 years
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