Thomas MaddreyManaging Partner / Founder
Thomas Maddrey is the founding partner and lead attorney for Maddrey PLLC, a boutique firm dedicated to art law and creative business law. His firm is focused on a number of groups including artists, entrepreneurs, collectors, galleries, museums, and other creative individuals and groups.
Prior to attending law school at the SMU Dedman School of Law, Thomas was a fine art and 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, Texas, and obtained a business degree from The University of Texas at Dallas.
During his photography career, Thomas founded the Eclipse Photography Institute, one of the first online training platforms for photographers. At its peak, Eclipse had dvd’s and training programs in over 800 locations around the world. 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.
Going into its fourth year, Maddrey PLLC has quickly become one of the premier art law firms in the country. At its heart is a mix of legal knowledge and creativity, and a dedication to serving those groups that are often overlooked in the legal world. 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.”
- March 2018
Thomas Maddrey, Copyright Infringement – Pre-Litigation Checklist, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes
- March 2018
Thomas Maddrey, Media Licensing Tips and Pitfalls, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes
- September 2017
Thomas B. Maddrey and Sammetria Goodson, Transformative Use v. Derivative Use: Will the Outcome of a Recent Lawsuit Test the Limits of Fair Use Doctrine, or Result in a Free-For-All?, American Society of Media Photographers
- August 2017
Thomas B. Maddrey, Copyright Registration Basics, Artists Uprising, August 2017. Thomas B. Maddrey, Copyright: A Primer, Artists Uprising
- January 2017
Thomas B. Maddrey, Works for Hire: How to Not Get Bitten, American Society of Media Photographers
- January 2013
Thomas B. Maddrey, Photography, Creators, and the Changing Needs of Copyright Law, 16 SMU Sci. & Tech. L. Rev. 501 (2013).
Over 50 other articles provided for multiple outlets throughout the world.
Courses + Seminars
Developed curriculum for “2017 Art Law Boot Camp” CLE event through the Dallas Bar Association and taught a featured section.
Thomas B. Maddrey, Beyond the Camera, The Eclipse Photography Institute, In-Person / DVD / Online (Sold in over 800 stores worldwide).
Thomas B. Maddrey, Creating Stunning Photographs, The Eclipse Photography Institute, In-Person / DVD / Online (Optioned for DVD Release).
Presentations + Speaking Engagements
- October 1, 2017
Featured Speaker, Art Law Boot Camp CLE, Dallas Bar Association
- January 1, 2017
National Webinar Speaker, American Society of Media Photographers
- September 1, 2015
Keynote Speaker, Arts Counsel Texas, 2015 – Present (Monthly)
- January 1, 2010
Keynote Speaker, Architecture Institute of America, Dallas, TX
- January 1, 2010
Featured Speaker, American Society of Media Photographers, Dallas, Texas
- September 1, 2006
Dedman Lecture Series Speaker, Episcopal School of Dallas
Membership + Affiliations
- The Dallas Opera
- Arts Counsel Texas
Member in Good Standing:
- Dallas Bar Association
- Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
- Texas Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- American Society of Media Photographers
- Professional Photographers of America
- April 2019 Mercedes Fight with Muralists Tests Building Copyright Bounds
- September 2018 Meet Thomas Maddrey In Downtown Dallas
- April 2018 Open House + Art Exhibition
- January 2018 The Value of Protecting Your Work
- May 2017 Brenda Sapino Jefferys, Art Law May Be the Next Big Thing In Texas, Texas Lawyer
- April 2016 Solo Practitioner Panel