Thought Leaders: Maddrey PLLC

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How does your company support the entrepreneurial community?

Entrepreneurs are creative and innovative. My goal, and the goal of all the attorneys at Maddrey PLLC, is to allow entrepreneurs to do what they do best – create. I was an entrepreneur myself before I became an attorney, and I know the stresses that weigh heavily on the minds of start-up founders. My intention from day one was to provide a system of support so that some of those stresses are shifted onto us. If my clients tell me they leave my office and sleep better that night, I have done my job.

Why is Maddrey PLLC different from all the other law firms that are out there?

Well, as I mentioned above, I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to sit on the other side of a table from a lawyer, and I know just how intense some of those meetings can be.That is experience you can’t learn in law school, and it impacts how we treat and support our clients. Our relationship with out clients is about more than a document; it’s about having someone in your corner with specific expertise who you can count on to be there for you at each step of the way. We’re not a “volume” law practice, and significant steps to ensure that the clients that choose to work with us are in line with the same goals and values we have. It starts and ends with communication.

How do you choose the best lawyer or law firm when you first start looking?

There are SO many lawyers in DFW. Certainly, there are a few questions you can ask. For one, find out how they approach a new issue where they don’t know the answer. The thought process when dealing with novel problems is often quite illuminating. Also, find out if they are going to charge you when you shoot them a text or a phone call. Make sure they treat you like you are all on the same team.

A version of this Thought Leaders article was first published in Dallas Innovates 2019—The Magazine.

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Dallas Innovates 2019—The Magazine explores the region as a rising tech hub that will shape the future of innovation. The theme of our second annual print publication, “A Breakout Moment,” explores why now is the time for the region to grab its place in the tech universe. 

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