Mary Goodrich Nix is an attorney and partner at Holland & Knight, where she manages complex commercial, employment, and trade secret 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 hearings. Ms. Nix also 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.

In her work related to trade secret protection, Ms. Nix assists clients in the identification and protection of confidential information, trade secrets and other intellectual property assets. 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, protecting proprietary information and trade secrets when the employment relationship ends and, in particular, when key employees move between competitors.

Ms. Nix also frequently defends companies and executives who have been accused of violating non-compete 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" and will be speaking on this topic in November at the Sedona Conference Inaugural Meeting for Working Group 12.

In addition, 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, 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 handling administrative hearings.

Ms. Nix has been hired by corporate boards to handle internal, confidential investigations where the claims involve employment matters. She also has been hired by other law firms to serve as an expert witness in employment matters related to nuanced legal issues where expertise is needed for a judge or jury.


  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D.
  • Baylor University, B.B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • The Lamplighter School Parents Association, President, 2018-2019; Board of Trustees, 2018-2019 
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising: Women's Caucus, 2017, 2018
  • 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; Member of Children & Youth Committee; Sunday School Teacher (first grade)
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2020
  • Texas Lawyer 2018 Professional Excellence Awards – Best Mentor Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2004, 2012-2019
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas: Labor & Employment Law, D Magazine, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2016
  • 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


Speaking Engagements