Madeline Mariana Tansey

Maddie Mariana Tansey


Madeline Tansey is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Houston office, where she handles general commercial litigation in federal, state and other dispute resolution forums. Ms. Tansey focuses her practice on a variety of legal issues involving financial and lending institutions, real estate disputes, the hospitality industry, employment disputes, business torts, the energy industry, securities disputes and compliance, and healthcare.

Ms. Tansey's litigation experience includes drafting pleadings, drafting and arguing motions, discovery management, complex commercial disputes, breach of contract, fraud claims, trade secret litigation, commercial arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and settlement negotiations.

In addition, Ms. Tansey has experience in complex, multiparty litigation and navigating complex discovery matters and disputes, with a special focus on negotiating and drafting complex settlements, as well as pre-suit advising and compliance services.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained pretrial dismissal of putative national class action of occupationally exposed workers filed in federal court in California
  • Successfully arbitrated on behalf of a startup healthcare and technology provider in a breach-of-conflict action against a laboratory; awarded all damages requested plus interest
  • Represented a privately held, independent oil and gas company involved in acquisitions and fund management against a placement agent in a breach of contract and fraud dispute
  • Defended a senior care living facility against allegations of violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA)
  • Represented a business-to-business finance provider in the solar energy industry regarding a dispute over the ownership of solar assets and assisted in obtaining settlement
  • Represented an owner/developer of a medical center in a dispute with a contractor, subcontractors, a civil engineer, a geotechnical engineer and a manufacturer of a detention basin system regarding alleged defective design and construction of an underground stormwater detention basin resulting in a favorable resolution

  • Secured a temporary restraining order, temporary injunction and a permanent injunction for an employer in enforcement of a non-disclosure and non-competition agreement, including claims under the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (TUTSA)
  • Secured a temporary restraining order and agreed permanent injunction to uphold non-compete, non-solicit and confidentiality obligations at substantial savings to the client, a major real estate brokerage firm, against former employees who left to work for a competitor in breach of their non-compete agreements with the client

  • Represented the Cayman Islands-based liquidators of a collapsed mutual fund formerly with hundreds of millions' worth of assets under management in asset recovery using forensic asset tracing, advanced e-discovery analysis and organization of the complex asset dissipation scheme
  • Advised an alternative asset management firm in compliance with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Marketing Rule
  • Drafted summaries regarding federal and state regulations to assist a national bank in legal compliance efforts

  • Represented a national hotel franchisor regarding numerous breach of contract and rights of first refusal disputes
  • Negotiated and drafted multiple complex, multiparty settlement agreements regarding a client's rights under its franchise agreements

  • Represented minority owners in a medical organization in winding down the organization and receiving fair compensation in the midst of extensive issues of business valuation
  • Represented hospitals in mass claims collection disputes


  • Baylor Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Texas A&M University, B.B.A., Management, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Catholic Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2021
  • Dean's Academic Full-Tuition Scholarship, Baylor Law School, 2016-2019
  • Norton Rose Fulbright Outstanding First-Year Student Award, Baylor Law School, 2016-2017
  • Andrews Kurth LLP Award I, Outstanding Work for the Baylor Law Review, 2017-2018
  • Finalist, Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee Intrascholastic Client Counseling Competition, Baylor Law School, Winter 2017
  • William J. Boswell Memorial Award, Baylor Law School, Fall 2016
  • Quarterfinalist, Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, Winter 2018-2019
  • Champion and Fourth Place Speaker, Elliott Cup Moot Court Competition, State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section, Winter 2018-2019
  • Semifinalist and Third Best Brief, Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship, Winter 2017-2018
  • Semifinalist, Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Competition, Fall 2017
  • Quarterfinalist, Baylor Intrascholastic Moot Court Competition, Spring 2017
  • Moot Court Order of Barristers, Spring 2017-Spring 2019
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Labor Law Mock Trial Competition, Fall 2018
  • Academy of the Advocate at St. Andrews, Advanced School of the Trial, Baylor Law School, Summer 2018
  • First in Class, Business Law Boot Camp, Baylor Law School, Spring 2018
  • Baylor Law Review, Senior Articles Editor


Speaking Engagements