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From complex commercial litigation to day-to-day legal counseling, Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC fuses big-firm experience with relationship-centric values. We resolve critical issues for clients ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to privately-held companies and business executives. Our clients gain real value through:

Personal Attention
Relationships are the foundation of our business. We embrace a service philosophy that hinges on individual counseling and collaborative solutions. With our client’s business objectives at the forefront, creative strategies and flexible fee structures are a natural outgrowth of our approach.

Time-Tested Experience
Our lawyers have over 70 years of experience representing high-profile clients in commercial litigation, labor and employment disputes, business and family law matters, construction disputes and alternative dispute resolution. Our veteran lawyers also frequently handle regulatory and administrative issues on behalf of insurance and health care companies, and represent energy industry clients in an array of regulatory and litigation matters.

Client-Centered Model
With a carefully selected team of highly-experienced attorneys, each of our clients benefits from senior-level, sophisticated legal expertise without the large-firm cost. Our team-based model enables us to leverage resources, enhance knowledge sharing, and implement best practices in order to represent our clients effectively and efficiently.

Distinctive Status
One of the few women-owned business firms in the Southwest, we are a member of the exclusive National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). We enjoy a pristine professional reputation, representing clients in both state and federal courts in Texas, federal courts in other states, and before regulatory authorities nationwide. Our lawyers are regularly recognized by their peers and industry groups for outstanding contributions to their profession and the community.

Contact Information

3811 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Suite 2000
Dallas, TX 75219
Phone: 214-599-4000

Firm Attorneys

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T. Dawn Estes T. Dawn Estes Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC
Practicing in: Commercial Litigation
Practicing in: Commercial Litigation
Carol C. Payne Carol C. Payne Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC
Practicing in: Commercial Litigation
Practicing in: Commercial Litigation

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    Clients

    AIG
    Alon USA
    AT&T
    Atrium Companies, Inc.
    B&E Industries
    Cosmetic Laboratories, Inc.
    Cypress Equities
    Dean Foods Company
    D R Horton
    Easton-Bell Sports
    Energy Future Holdings Corp.
    FDIC
    Harley-Davidson
    Heritage Capital Corporation
    Insite
    Liquidagents, Inc.
    Luminant Generation Co., LLC
    Markel Services, Inc.
    Metal Roof Innovations
    Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
    NCI Group, Inc.
    Orix Capital Markets, LLC
    SRS Real Estate Partners
    The Coca-Cola Company
    TIER REIT
    TorcSill Foundations, Inc.    

    Client Comments

    "Carol Payne is a top-notch legal malpractice defense lawyer. She understands the strain put on the wrongly accused lawyers and is very responsive to them. She handles difficult litigation situations with professionalism and grace."
    - Joe Parker
    Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP
    "Carol Payne consistently earns the respect of the in-house counsel and business clients who hire her. Among the qualities that put Carol at the top of our preferred litigator list are her exceptional levels of expertise, creative/analytical thinking, responsiveness, ethical and work product standards, accountability, and keen guidance and communication. Her strong staff and supporting colleagues also help to ensure quality deliverables. Carol's reliable, diligent work is credited with producing numerous best-case outcomes for our companies and has the rare effect of minimizing stress and burden on her in-house counterparts. She deserves our highest recommendation."
    "Carol Payne is a top-notch legal malpractice defense lawyer. She understands the strain put on the wrongly accused lawyers and is very responsive to them. She handles difficult litigation situations with professionalism and grace."
    - Joe Parker
    Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP
    "Carol Payne consistently earns the respect of the in-house counsel and business clients who hire her. Among the qualities that put Carol at the top of our preferred litigator list are her exceptional levels of expertise, creative/analytical thinking, responsiveness, ethical and work product standards, accountability, and keen guidance and communication. Her strong staff and supporting colleagues also help to ensure quality deliverables. Carol's reliable, diligent work is credited with producing numerous best-case outcomes for our companies and has the rare effect of minimizing stress and burden on her in-house counterparts. She deserves our highest recommendation."

    Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC

    Contact Information

    3811 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Suite 2000
    Dallas, TX 75219
    Phone: 214-599-4000

    Management

    Director of Administration

    Personnel

    Partners: 7
    Associates: 7
    Paralegals: 2
    Non-Legal Employees: 7

    Practice Areas

    Commercial Litigation
    Family Law
    Labor Law - Union