Mary Goodrich Nix

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Mary Goodrich Nix is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Dallas office and a member of the firm's Labor, Employment and Benefits Group. She is co-chair of the Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants Team. Ms. Nix works closely with clients to handle complex commercial, employment and franchise litigation matters. She has extensive courtroom experience and has litigated and arbitrated numerous cases throughout Texas and in other parts of the country.

Ms. Nix is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She provides clients proactive and practical recommendations to avoid litigation with their employees. She represents leading hotel, food service, real estate and hospitality franchise companies in litigation and arbitration matters.

In addition, Ms. Nix has experience counseling clients on compliance with franchise registration, disclosure regulations and negotiating complex franchise transactions. She is often called on to manage nationwide litigation teams and local counsel to assist clients with ensuring a consistent approach to litigating disputes with franchisees, including franchise termination and de-identification litigation. She often counsels franchise clients nationwide on joint employer and vicarious liability matters.

Honors & Awards

  • Texas Lawyer 2018 Professional Excellence Awards – Best Mentors
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2004, 2012-2017
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas: Labor & Employment Law, D Magazine, 2008, 2009, 2011
  • Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders in Dallas, Dallas Business Journal, 2009
  • Outstanding Young Texan, Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce, 2009
  • Outstanding Young Dallasite, Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce, 2008
  • Top Lawyer Under 40 in Commercial Litigation, D Magazine, 2006
  • Top 10 Young Professionals to Watch in Dallas, 2006
  • Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2004


  • The Lamplighter School Parents Association, President Elect, 2017-2018
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising: Women's Caucus, 2017
  • Attorneys Serving the Community
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas Foundation
  • Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Dallas Bar Association, former Board Member, 2004-2006; Franchise and Distribution Section, Vice Chair, 2016 
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, President, 2005
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, Chair, 2004
  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association, former Board Member, 2002
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, former Associate and Barrister
  • DallasHR, Member
  • Society for Human Resource Management, Member
  • United Way Tocqueville Society, Women of Tocqueville
  • The Lamplighter School Parents Association, Board Member
  • Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Deacon and Member of Children & Youth Committee