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Taralynn Rena Mackay

Administrative law Attorney at Austin, TX

5.0   114 reviews

also known as Taralynn Mackay, RN, JD

  • Licensed for 30 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Taralynn

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Practice areas
  1. Administrative law
    25%
    Representation of nurses before Texas Board of Nursing and in Peer Review actions

    31 years

  2. Government
    25%
    Representation of nurses before Texas Board of Nursing and in Peer Review actions

  3. Health care
    25%
    Representation of nurses before Texas Board of Nursing and in Peer Review actions

  4. Licensing
    25%
    Representation of nurses before Texas Board of Nursing and in Peer Review actions

A nurse and an attorney representing nurses before the Texas Board of Nursing 

Taralynn Mackay is an attorney and a licensed registered nurse in Texas who uses her nursing background to represent nurses before the Texas Board of Nursing. Ms. Mackay is Board Certified in Administrative Law (law involved with representing health care providers before licensing boards).

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When I am not representing nurses before the Texas Board of Nursing, I try to find time to give information on my three blogs:  , , and

I also try to find time to write articles and give seminars on nursing law and documentation dangers.  What can I say, I am an attorney so I love to talk.

Location

McDonald, Mackay, Porter & Weitz, LLP
1411 West Ave.
Suite 200
Austin, TX, 78701-1537

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2024
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Gave me hope
Ms. Taralynn gave me hope when I had a TBON case. She advised me and gave me the worst case scenario and best case scenario. I followed her steps and everything ended in best case scenario. Taralynn gave me hope to continue being a nurse. I recommend her for any nurse.
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent with BON Issues
Taralynn and Ashley were amazing. During an extremely scary time, they both were a great support system. they provided detailed instructions on next steps and what to do throughout the process. Could not have asked for a better team!
Posted by Austin | October 16, 2023
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The best attorney in Texas!
Being notified about a mistake I made is being sent to the BON made me terrified. Taralynn Mackay helped that fear go away. She was with me every step of the way, and always answered emails very quickly. When she wasn't able to, her assistant did a fantastic job at answering. Taralynn explained things very well, she will create a safe environment for you to not feel judged, and she will fight hard for you and be honest with you about your situation. I am very happy I hired Taralynn to represent me.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2023
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Excellent and knowledgeable attorney
There isn’t anything more stressful than facing the possibility of losing your nursing license. I can’t say enough how thankful I am to have retained Ms. Mackay. She was invaluable and successful in her endeavor to assist me.
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2023
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Highly Recommend!!
I cannot recommend Ms. Mackay enough!! When I first received the notice of allegations against my license, I was overwhelmed, and by using my NSO insurance, I was able to find her from the list of attorneys in Texas. When I contacted her, she was able to explain the entire process in a way that I could understand, and was very patient with all my questions and concerns. She lets you know what is expected and will help you construct answers that will benefit your case. She will fight for you and not stop until your case is resolved in a manner agreeable to both parties. I hope to not utilize her services again, but to others who are in need of help with board complaints, hire her. It will be the best decision you will make and you won't regret it. 10/10 recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2023
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She fought for me!
I was turned into the boards by my place of employment for HIPPA violation. There was no HIPPA violation done and no harm done to the patient. Other nurses were turned in as well and did not seek legal counsel. They received a fine and classes to take. When the boards tried to give me the same punishment as the others she fought tooth and nail. She is amazing.
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2023
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Dismissal
Was investigated by the TBON and I hired Mrs. Mackay to represent me. Her fees were reasonable, was forthcoming about what to expect and specific as to what I needed to do. She wrote a very good letter on my behalf to the TBON, and my case was dismissed. I whole heartedly recommend her to anyone being investigated by the TBON.
Posted by Christie | March 8, 2023
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Cleared by the BON!
When a disgruntled family reported me to the BON, I freaked out. After many hours of Google searches for an attorney, the reviews led me to Taralynn. The investigation has now been closed without prejudice! I cannot recommend Ms. Mackay enough!!!! While I hope to never need her services again, I would not hesitate to use her! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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Posted by Michael | February 2, 2023
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Charges Dropped!
I had a RN licensing mess on my hands and was dealing with it from the East Coast. From the onset Ms. Mackay gave me the information and reassurance that she could get my case dismissed or exhaust all efforts trying. As a nurse, she understands the nuances of licensing laws in Texas and deals with the BON directly. Other attorneys I spoke with claimed to have the same expertise, but it was very clear by their language and lack of understanding, that they did not. So glad I went to Taralynn. Within a month my charges were dismissed. No hidden or extra fees. She was very clear and straightforward. I cannot thank her and her team enough! Such an enormous relief.
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Posted by Cindy | October 8, 2022
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Nurse Practitioner
I want to give Taralynn in her assistant Ashley a five star review for their amazing services. Not only did they help me resolved my case, they were also very kind and personable. They were both alway quick at responding to my questions and concerns. I had 8 charges against me, no one would believe me when I would try to tell my side of the story. Every lawyer I talked to told me I would have to settle. Many of my friends and family thought that perhaps I did mess up and just would not admit it, but Taralynn and Ashley never judged me. When I first explain my situation to her. She told me about the process, the possibilities, and was cleared that I had a complicated case, but she could take me all the way to mediation if necessary. Well she did. She coached and prepared me for mediation. I was able to tell my side of things and all my charges were dropped. If I would not have hired her, if I would have hired any other lawyer, or try to do this on my own, I would have my license under probation by now. Thank Taralynn and Ashley for listening, no judging me, and holding my hand all the way through this painful process.
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2022
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Much Needed Help, So Grateful
I hired Taralynn Mackay for an issue that could've potentially impacted my ability to practice nursing. I was unsure if I needed an attorney but am thankful that I chose to hire one, especially this one. I felt confident with her representation of my case. She, or her paralegal Ashley, made the entire process easier to handle. I was very happy with the outcome and would recommend her for anyone in this type of situation.
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Posted by Niza | August 24, 2022
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A++
I could write a really long review but I will keep it short. HIRE MRS. MACKAY. Her team responds quickly and makes you feel heard and comfortable. My case was resolved quickly and smoothly, hiring her is one decision I will never regret!
Posted by David | July 26, 2022
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Ms. Mackay represented me.
I had a great experience with Ms. Mackay and her law firm. She and her office were very kind and helpful. Communication, with her, and her staff was excellent. I believe process was made easy, or as easy as can reasonably be expected. My case resolved with a dismissal which was a relief but the purpose of my review is to encourage other’s regarding hiring Ms. Mackay. She was a help during a stressful time for me.
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Posted by Jessica | July 7, 2022
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Thank you
I would like to thank Taralynn Mackay for her support during this difficult time in my life. The knowledge, expertise, and guidance, that she provided resulted in a favorable outcome. Also, her personable, approachable character made me feel comfortable, and at ease. Thank you again Taralynn, for your quality work at an affordable price.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2022
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Future Nurse
How do I began beyond words Mrs. Mackay is God sent she helped me in my time of need on a situation I could not control I did not know what to do I prayed everyday not knowing the impossible was about to happen. I done my research on several attorneys but Mrs. Mackay reviews cut the cake and speaks for its self reviews are very important Mrs.Mackay character her education and most of all her empathy in helping nurses and future nurses she knows everyone makes mistakes and she makes you feel you are not alone she is with you every step of the way her communication skills are A1 she is very well known at the TBON and highly respected as a Nurse and also an Attorney I highly recommend Mrs.Mackay and will spread her name through out my nursing journey and nursing career her prices are beyond words and she works with you and she also has an amazing staff Ashely I highly recommend calling Ashley she is Mrs.Mackay right hand person she is also very educated and they are both a team they will help you beyond words God came through in putting Mrs.Mackay in my life and he will do the same for you or whoever is facing a situation when it comes to your nursing career please call Mrs.TaraLynn Mackay she will get the job done by any means. Thank you so much Mrs.Mackay and Ashley I start school Oct 20,2022 thanks to God above and you stay bless.
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Posted by Rosemary | June 14, 2022
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A Blessing
She is the most professional, honest, dependable, sweet, kind person I've ever had the honor of knowing. She is the reason I have my career back. She tells you how it is and doesn't sugar coat anything. She told me from the beginning it would be a hard fight to get my Nursing license reinstated but I followed her every instruction and had faith in her and of course God. If it wasn't for Taralyn Mackay I would not be working in my field which is my calling in life. I went through alot in life and it's my own fault I lost my Nursing license but I picked the pieces back up and she was truly a blessing and an angel in disguise. I would refer her to anyone who truly wants to get it together and get their license back. There is no one better suited to help you than her. I will forever be in her debt. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2022
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A Gift From God!
Taralynn is a blessing to have in your corner. I had so many questions and she didn't hesitate to answer any of many questions. It didn't happen often, but if she didn't know the answer she would find out and get back to me. She even advised me on practical things to do once I get licensed such as get malpractice insurance. She is my RN defense lawyer/mom. I can't say enough good things about Taralynn to justify all the help she has provided me with. She offered her services at a fair price and went way above and beyond any other lawyer I got a quote from. I would hands down recommend Taralynn to anyone needing advice, guidance, or legal help. Thank you Tararlynn!
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Posted by Candace | April 25, 2022
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Great nursing lawyer
Truly blessed to find Mrs. Mackay. She really helped through the whole process and gave me great advice. I would 100% recommend her as your nursing lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2022
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Professional attorney
Taralynn Mackay represented me against allegations from the BON that lasted greater than three years. Throughout these three years she was extremely patient with all of my questions that I asked over and over. During these three years, Taralynn and her assistant Ashley both kept me informed of any new developments regarding my case. During the mediation phase of my case, three years later, Taralynn was still by my side representing me. In my opinion, representing yourself against the BON and having a positive outcome would take a miracle of extraordinary sorts. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you have to defend your license, do yourself and your career a hugh favor and consult Taralynn Mackay.
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Posted by Matt | September 3, 2021
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Very Good and Very Patient Attorney
Mrs. Mackay is very patient with questions and helped me understand and process difficult events. I had so many questions and even when she answered them in detail, I would often ask her the same questions or to clarify things due to the situation causing me great anxiety and having a hard time processing what was going on. Yet not once has she ever showed impatience or annoyance with my repeated questions and long phone calls despite her having every right to do so. Having anything to do with the BON is a very serious and stressful event, and having someone who is very professional, patient and understanding, like Taralynn, on your side is a blessing.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • McDonald, Mackay, Porter & Weitz, LLP
  • 1997 - Present
  • Assistant General Counsel
  • Texas Medical Board
  • 1994 - 1997

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Texas Medical Branch
  • BSN
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 507-11-3854
  • dismissed
  • 507-10-5317
  • dismissed
  • 507-07-2817
  • dismissed
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Associations

  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Service Unit Director -Blackland Prairie SU
  • 2018 - Present
  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys-Texas Chapter
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Texas State Bar Association group
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • American Association of Nurse Attorneys - Texas Chapter
  • President
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Service Unit Director - Elgin McDade
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Service Unit Cookie Committee-Elgin McDade
  • 2013 - 2014
  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys - Texas Chapter
  • President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys
  • Chapter President's Council Chair
  • 2012 - 2012
  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (National)
  • Board member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (Chesapeake Nurse Attorneys chapter)
  • Chapter President's Council Chair
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Journal of Nursing Law
  • Practical Practice Editor
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Service Unit Friends of Girl Scouting Chair-Elgin McDade
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Troop Co-Leader
  • 2009 - 2011
  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys-Texas Chapter
  • President
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Elgin Humane Society
  • Animal Shelter Executive Director
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Elgin Humane Society
  • President
  • 2003 - 2005
  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys-Texas
  • President
  • 1999 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Women of Distinction Award Recipient
  • Girl Scouts of Central Texas
  • 2015
  • Board Certified - Administrative Law Recertfication
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2015
  • 2011 Outstanding Advocate Award
  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys
  • 2011
  • Board Certified - Administrative Law Recertfication
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2010
  • Board Certified - Administrative Law Recertification
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2005
  • Nursing Excellence Award, Advancing the Profession Finalist
  • Healthweek
  • 2000
  • Board Certified - Administrative Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2000
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Publications

  • Lippincott's Nurses Legal Handbook
  • Chapter 8 - Legal Risks While Off Duty
  • 2015
  • Journal of Nursing Law
  • The Collateral Damage to Nursing Licenses Caused by Nursing Board Actions
  • 2012
  • Bexar County Medical Association Newsletter
  • “The Texas Medical Board: Advocate For The Physician? Or A Lurking Danger For The Unwary?”
  • 2006
  • Texas Academy of Physician Assistants Newsletter
  • The Nuts and Bolts of PA Practice
  • 2002
  • Texas Osteopathic Medical Association Newsletter
  • Protocols
  • 2002
  • Nursing Practice and the Law: Avoiding Malpractice and Other Legal Risks
  • Chapter on APNs and Informed Consent
  • 2000
  • Texas Nursing
  • The Texas Board of Nurse Examiners
  • 1999
  • The Nurse’s Headliner
  • What to do when a complaint is filed with the Board
  • 1998
  • Texas Academy of Physician Assistants Newsletter
  • It’s Your License, It’s Your Responsibility
  • 1997
  • Texas Academy of Physician Assistants Newsletter
  • Licensure Made Easy
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Issues related to the Professional Nurse in the School Setting
  • Nursing Jurisprudence
  • 2019
  • Legal Concerns For APRNs-How To Protect Your License
  • Nursing Jurisprudence
  • 2019
  • Texas Nursing Jurisprudence and Documentation for School Nurses
  • Nursing Jurisprudence
  • 2018
  • Legal Concerns For APRNs-How To Protect Your License
  • Nursing Jurisprudence
  • 2018
  • Legal Concerns For APRNs-How To Protect Your License
  • Nursing Jurisprudence
  • 2017
  • Texas Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics/Professional Boundaries
  • Nursing Jurisprudence
  • 2016
  • Texas Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics/Professional Boundaries
  • Nursing Jurisprudence
  • 2016
  • Facing the Board: Understanding the Texas Board of Nursing and other Potential Nursing License Pitfalls
  • Nursing Jurisprudence
  • 2016
  • Texas Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics/Professional Boundaries
  • Nursing Jurisprudence
  • 2015
  • Texas Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics/Professional Boundaries
  • Nursing Jurisprudence
  • 2015
  • Is Your Documentation Hurting You?
  • Nursing Documentation
  • 2015
  • Facing the Board: Understanding the Texas Board of Nursing and other Potential Nursing License Pitfalls
  • Nursing Jurisprudence
  • 2015
  • Legal Concerns in Today’s Nursing Practice: How to Protect Your APRN License
  • Nursing Practice, Licensure, Nursing Jurisprudence
  • 2013
  • Nursing Documentation, Law & Ethics
  • Nursing Law and Documentation
  • 2012
  • Legal Concerns in Today’s Nursing Practice: How to Protect Your APRN License
  • Nursing Law
  • 2012
  • Nursing Ethics and Professionalism
  • Nursing Law
  • 2011
  • Nursing Documentation, Law & Ethics
  • Nursing Law and Documentation
  • 2011
  • Legal Concerns in Today’s Nursing Practice: How to Protect Your APRN License
  • Nursing Law
  • 2011
  • Legal Concerns in Today’s Nursing Practice: How to Protect Your License in 2010
  • Nursing Law
  • 2010
  • Legal Concerns in Today’s Nursing Practice: How to Protect Your License in 2009
  • Nursing Law
  • 2009
  • Avoiding Litigation: The CYA Guide
  • Nursing Law
  • 2009
  • What Every Nurse Should Know
  • Nursing Law
  • 2008
  • What the Board of Nursing Can’t or Won’t Tell You, But Every Nurse Should Know
  • Nursing Law
  • 2007
  • The Ultimate CYA: Practical Hints and Information for Getting a License and Keeping It
  • Nursing Law
  • 2007
  • Documentation: A Little Can Save A Lot
  • Nursing Documentation
  • 2007
  • What Every Nurse Should Know
  • Nursing Law
  • 2003
  • Documentation Dangers
  • Nursing Law
  • 2003
  • There is More to Know Than Just the Medicine
  • Healthcare Law
  • 2001
  • It’s Your License, Keep It! A Risk Management Seminar for Nurses
  • Nursing Law
  • 2001
  • When Bad Things Happen To Good Nurses: Jurisprudence, Ethics and Risk Management for Texas Nurses
  • Nursing Law
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

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Administrative law Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you are looking for a subject matter expert in nursing regulation in Texas, Taralynn is a sure bet. She understands the personalities and posture of Texas agencies like the BON, and she has the experience to provide wise counsel. From Board negotiations to a SOAH merits hearing, she is a fantastic advocate for her clients."
Administrative law Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Outstanding attorney. I've worked with her on both sides of the docket for over two decades. A tenacious advocate. Practical, hardworking, honest, and reliable. Extremely well versed in the licensing and defense of nurses in the state of Texas. Experienced litigator; Particulalry knowledgeable of the rules of evidence and a skilled tactician. Board certified in Administrative Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Top notch by any standard."
Administrative law Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Taralynn is more than just another attorney who passionately represents her clients - personally, she is also a great mentor. When I started out as a new attorney (many would say I am still a new attorney, but I digress), Taralynn was supportive of my efforts to serve nurses in Texas with the same high professional standards that she exemplifies. I believe that I would not be the attorney I am today if it was not for the advice Taralynn has offered whenever I have needed the assistance."
Administrative law Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Taralynn is well-known and highly respected for her passionate defense of nurses before the Texas Board of Nursing. A true professional!"
Administrative law Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Taralynn Mackay for 16 years. I have found her to be one of the most knowledgable attorneys in Texas when it comes to the Board of Nurse Examiners. She has made numerous successful appearances before the agency. The staff knows and respects her. She is known both in Texas and nationally as an educator for nurses and the law."
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Austin Administrative law Lawyer Taralynn Rena Mackay
Taralynn Rena Mackay
Administrative law Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 30 years