Firm Profile

Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC
3811 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Suite 2000
Dallas, TX 75219
United States
(214) 599.4000

Firm Details

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.


Estes Thorne & Carr is ranked by U.S. News and Best Lawyers among the Best Law Firms in Dallas/Fort Worth in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Family Law and Labor Law.


Lisa Bys
Director of Administration


  • Go-To Law Firm for the Fortune 500 Companies
  • Recognized among the 100 largest women-owned businesses in North Texas by the%A0Dallas Business Journal.
  • Best Law Firms, 2015-2018, by US News and Best Lawyers
  • U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • Texas Lawyer's "Winning Women"
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • "Gold Star Sponsor" of the National Association of Women Lawyer's National Meeting
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • D Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in Dallas"
  • "Best Series of Articles - Substantive Law" award from the State Bar of Texas
  • EFH Supplier Diversity Gold Star Diversity
  • Appellate Lawyer of the Week
  • Texas Rising Stars


  • AIG
  • Alon USA
  • AT&T
  • Atrium Companies, Inc.
  • Cypress Equities
  • Dean Foods Company
  • Easton-Bell Sports
  • Energy Future Holdings Corp.
  • FDIC
  • Harley-Davidson
  • Heritage Capital Corporation
  • Luminant Generation CO., LLC
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Orix Capital Markets, LLC
  • SRS Real Estate Partners

About Our Clients

Alon USA
Atrium Companies, Inc.
B&E Industries
Cosmetic Laboratories, Inc.
Cypress Equities
Dean Foods Company
D R Horton
Easton-Bell Sports
Energy Future Holdings Corp.
Heritage Capital Corporation
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
TorcSill Foundations, Inc.    

Firm Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Labor Law - Union

Firm News & Media

Featured Publications