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WHO WE ARE
Maddrey PLLC is a Dallas, TX based law firm focusing on creative business law. Headed by Thomas Maddrey, the firm is built around the principal of tenacious representation of our clients. No matter their issue, our clients know that they have a law firm in their corner who believes in them, will give them the counsel they need when they need it, and, if the situation requires it, will fight tooth-and-nail to represent their interests both in and out of the courtroom.
Our client base is diverse: individuals are as numerous as businesses in our files, and all our clients receive custom, detailed advice and focus. Each client will have a “lead attorney” who spearheads their matter, and all work will go through founding partner Thomas Maddrey before it goes out the door. Unlike many law firms, you know exactly where the buck stops – it stops with Thomas.
Our support staff is committed to making your experience with us not just simple, but even pleasant! Our clients often interact with our primary firm assistant Danica Burnett when they make appointments or ask general questions. When you come to our office located at 901 Main Street, Suite 6530, Dallas, TX, 75202, you will be offered a beverage, escorted to a conference room, and you know your matter is the sole focus of attention for your attorney.
At the end of the day, however, the bedrock of the firm is communication. You will have your attorney’s cell phone number and private email. You can call the office to get a status update at any time. You can talk to your attorney when you need to, and get your questions answered. That is our commitment to you.
Join us. Let us be your champion. We relish the opportunity.
What We Do
Maddrey PLLC focuses on the following areas of law: Art Law (for artists, galleries, collectors, and museums), Entrepreneur and Startup Law, Copyright Law and Litigation, Estate Planning, and General Business Law and Litigation. Even if your specific matter is not covered in the areas above, please don’t hesitate to call us! Oftentimes we can point you in the right direction.
Some lawyers say they do “art law”, but Maddrey PLLC stands apart from the rest. For over a decade, founding partner Thomas Maddrey was a commercial photographer, entrepreneur, and art gallery owner. What you are experiencing as an artist, collector, gallery owner, or museum, Thomas has been there and lived to guide others through it.
Maddrey PLLC serves the entire lifecycle of the art community. From the artists who creates the work, to the gallery that presents it to the world, to the collector who invests their hard-earned money to purchase the final piece, each constituency has their own legal minefield to cross.
Artists are the visionaries, they are the soul of creativity in the world. But far too much time is spent by these creatives on legal and business matters, taking them away from their passion and livelihood. Worse, a misstep in the process can result in lost sales, lost time, and lost money. The most common matters that we work with artists on are: business formation and development; contract writing and consignment issues; copyright infringement; and, sales and marketing issues. Maddrey PLLC can help guide you through all of these areas – and all the other ones too!
Galleries and gallery owners have a whole different set of concerns. These may include consignment and contractual issues, liability and insurance matters, and general business development queries. Whether you are a small upstart gallery, or an established powerhouse buying and selling art by the truckload, Maddrey PLLC can be your legal partner for the good times and the bad. Think of us as an on-call legal resource, familiar with your business, ready to help.
Collectors often look at the art world differently. Their motivation for collecting can be varied as their backgrounds, but most are a mix of those who receive visceral pleasure from art, as well as those who seek to pass their passion down through the generations. From closing the deal on your first piece in your collection to drafting the proper paperwork on the sale or donation of a seven figure work, Maddrey PLLC can be your champion and your guide.
Museums and public collections are the backbone of the art world for the public at large. It is only through their efforts that generations of people experience the majesty of a Rothko canvas, or the sensuality of the photographs of Imogene Cunningham. Museums have hundreds of balls to juggle at once. Contracts and agreements with artists, collectors, and patrons are all competing for attention, let alone the natural legal matters that arise from running a business. Whether non-profit or for-profit, let Maddrey PLLC support you in your mission by providing a team that is truly passionate about what you do and your success.
Entrepreneur + Startup law
Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of America. At Maddrey PLLC, we support entrepreneurs and startup companies at every opportunity. Prior to becoming an attorney, founder Thomas Maddrey was an entrepreneur himself, starting multiple photography and education companies that led to successful exits.
From business formation through fundraising, and finally to a profitable end, our firm will guide you through the overwhelming process of what decisions to make and when. Few attorneys have been on both sides of the entrepreneur-attorney relationship, and it is this unique knowledge that ensures that Maddrey PLLC can be your advocate when you need it most.
Copyright Law + Litigation
For founding partner Thomas Maddrey, copyright law (and the ensuing litigation) is the reason that he went to law school and left a successful career as a commercial photographer and gallery owner. Thomas was sick of watching his colleagues and friends have their work, effort, and creativity stolen again and again, and he felt powerless to stop it. No more. Thomas and all of Maddrey PLLC are committed to ending the efforts of those who are taking advantage of the creative community.
Maddrey PLLC can help all companies and individuals involved in the copyright process. Specifically, we are focused on Creatives and Buyers. Read on to see how we help each of these groups.
Copyright protections were enshrined in the United States Constitution, and few attorneys feel as passionately as Thomas Maddrey about supporting and protecting those rights holders.
No matter what stage of life you may find yourself, it is never too early to make sure that you have a plan in place for the future. Our Estate Planning services allow for the peace of mind that your affairs are in order.
In addition, if you have any pieces of art that may be in your collection, or if you are an artist with an inventory in their home or studio, Maddrey PLLC is ready to craft a custom plan that will ensure the legacy of your work and collection.
While we perform complete Estate Planning services, some of the documents we often draft are Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney, Medical Advance Directives, Living Wills, and many, many more.
GENERAL BUSINESS LAW + LITIGATION
At Maddrey PLLC, we fight for our clients. This not only means that we equip you to enter the marketplace with the right contracts and documents, but we also protect your rights in court when those contracts are violated.
Whether you have been damaged by a pre-existing business relationship, or if you have been the unfortunate recipient of a letter informing you that you have been sued by another, we will walk you through each step in the process and make sure that you have a champion in your corner when things get tough.
Meet Our People
Maddrey PLLC is about you. Meet the team that you'll be conspiring with.
Founder / Partner
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.”
Ford W. Harmon
Ford graduated with honors from SMU Dedman School of Law where he was a Dean's Scholarship recipient. While in law school, he served as a Chief Student Attorney of the Small Business and Trademark Clinic, served as a Board Member of the SMU Media Company, completed a federal judicial externship in the bankruptcy court of the Honorable Harlin D. Hale in the Northern District of Texas, participated in the SMU-in-Oxford program at University College in Oxford, England, and was a regular member of the Dean's List.
Prior to law school, Ford attended LSU on a full academic scholarship as a National Scholars Award Recipient. At LSU, he obtained a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Management.
Outside of work, Ford is actively involved in an array of both professional and non-professional organizations and has taken on a variety of roles within the Dallas community and beyond. He serves as a Vice Chair of the Corporate Counsel Committee of the American Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division and as a Board Trustee for The Writer's Garret - a nonprofit literary center in Dallas. He is a member of Texas Bar College, and he also provides pro bono legal work to artists through Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts.
In addition, he has taken on active roles with the Lawyers Against Domestic Violence Committee and the Aid to the Homeless Committee, both through the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. and is a a member of the Genesis HeROs (he who respects others) program, which works to help the women and children of the Genesis Women's Shelter.
In his free time, Ford enjoys seeing live music, hiking, reading anything he can get his hands on, and hanging out with friends, family, and his Great Pyrenees - Harvey.
Sammetria graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law in May 2011. Sammetria was a Conwell Law Scholar and is a member of the Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society. While attending Temple, she served on the Faculty Hiring Committee; as an Academic Counselor to first-year students; as an intellectual property research assistant; and as a member of the Temple American Inn of Court. Sammetria completed the Temple Elderly Law Project, where she gained experience writing wills and health care directives for clients.
In law school, Sammetria completed several internships with arts-related organizations including a record company in Nashville, TN; a volunteer lawyer group for artists; and a city law department advising internal clients on public art, both in Philadelphia, PA.
Most weekends Sammetria is digging around in dirt at community gardens, or rambling through local nature preserves in Dallas. Sammetria also enjoys visiting museums, galleries, theater productions, performing arts and festivals of all sorts -which is how she spent her weekends growing up in Houston.
DIRECTOR OF CLIENT RELATIONS
Jessica Carpenter is Director of Client Relations at Maddrey PLLC. Jessica is originally a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, but has lived in Dallas, Texas for the last 11 years. As a local resident, Jessica studied at Hillcrest High School and attended Southern Methodist University where she studied Creative Advertising.
Formerly, Jessica was the Operations Coordinator for a co-working space for attorneys in Downtown Dallas. There she spearheaded everything from marketing and corporate branding to event planning. Currently, Jessica is a freelance graphic designer, mother to an active four year old son and is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction alike.
Get in Touch
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901 Main St., Suite 6530
Dallas, TX 75202