Mary Goodrich Nix is an attorney and partner at Holland & Knight, where she manages complex commercial, employment, franchise, and trade secret litigation and transactional matters for publicly traded and privately held companies, including Fortune 500, middle market companies, and startups in a variety of industries.
Ms. Nix has extensive courtroom experience, including multiple jury trials, bench trials and injunction evidentiary hearings. She has arbitrated numerous cases throughout Texas and in other parts of the country. For corporate clients with multistate operations, Ms. Nix manages nationwide legal teams to ensure a consistent approach to litigating when disputes cross state borders. She has also frequently worked with international organizations to oversee the pursuit or defense of domestic allegations.
Ms. Nix is a co-chair of the firm's Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants Team, and is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Ms. Nix is frequently called upon to assist companies when key employees move between competitors. In her work related to confidential information and trade secret protection, she advises clients in the identification of confidential information, trade secrets and other intellectual property assets and options for protection. When necessary, she pursues litigation on behalf of her clients to protect their proprietary information from theft and disclosure. Her work frequently focuses on disputes that result when intellectual property is compromised or taken by employees during employment, where there is a threat of loss of intellectual property for any reason, and protecting proprietary information and trade secrets when the employment relationship ends. Ms. Nix frequently defends companies that have been accused of violating non-compete, non-solicit or non-disclosure agreements or stealing confidential information.
Ms. Nix has recently been invited to serve on the Sedona Conference's newest working group, Working Group 12: Trade Secrets. She is part of the drafting team for "Topic 4: Protecting Trade Secrets in Litigation About Them."
Ms. Nix has extensive experience representing employers in a wide variety of regulatory compliance, litigation and transactional matters affecting the employer/employee relationship. She has successfully defended companies in administrative proceedings, litigation and arbitrations over claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, overtime class action, medical leave disputes, breach of contract claims, privacy violation claims, wage and benefit disputes, fiduciary duty violations and more. Ms. Nix has worked successfully with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and several other federal, state and local government agencies when a client is the subject of a complaint. Advocacy in this area includes responding to the complaint, negotiating where appropriate and advocating for her clients in administrative hearings.
Frequent matters she handles include allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference claims, Title VII claims, claims related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation and alleged violations of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Equal Pay Act (EPA) and alleged Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) violations.
Ms. Nix has been hired by corporate boards to handle internal, confidential investigations where the claims involve employment matters. She also has been hired to consult on legal strategy in ongoing noncompete and trade secret matters and disputes, and has been hired to provide expert opinions on nuanced legal issues to aid arbitrators, judges and juries in employment matters.
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