Lori M. Carr

Lori M. Carr

Estes Thorne Ewing & Payne, PLLC

Recognized since 2012

Dallas, Texas

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management

Labor Law - Union

Litigation - Labor and Employment

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Practice Areas

Labor & Employment Law

Practice Emphasis

Ms. Carr is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is an experienced mediator and arbitrator. Her expertise is in representing employers in all matters arising out of the employment relationship, including litigation defense, risk management, training, consultation, and representation during government audits.

Ms. Carr has first chair trial experience in state and federal courts, arbitration proceedings, and before government agencies. Ms. Carr is a frequent lecturer on employment policies, management training, and compliance with state and federal employment laws. She represents clients in state and federal courts, the U.S. Department of Justice, EEOC, U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Ms. Carr has experience and expertise in the following areas:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on sex, national origin, religion, color, and race)
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (age discrimination)
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (disability accommodation and discrimination)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (minimum wage and overtime issues)
  • Covenants Not to Compete and other restrictive covenants
  • Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
  • ERISA Litigation (benefit claims, interference with protected rights, violation of statutory and common law duties)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • Executive Order 11246 (affirmative action planning and audit defense)
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (whistleblower protection)
  • Workers Compensation Retaliation
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employment Policies and Procedures
  • Whistleblower actions, including "Sabine Pilot" actions
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • Article 21 of the Texas Labor Code
Community Activities
  • Girls, Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas
  • Women For Girls
  • UTA Pre-Law Center Mentoring Program
Counseling and Training

A significant portion of the Ms. Carr's practice is focused on counseling employers on a daily basis on various employment issues, such as:

  • Employee discipline
  • Sexual harassment investigations
  • Termination decisions
  • Ethics point investigations
  • Employee theft investigations
  • Policies and procedures
  • Workplace violence
  • Family leave
  • Accommodation of disabilities
  • Proper classification of employees
  • Employment contracts
  • Payment of wages

She also conducts formal training, including the following:

  • Training managers and supervisors in how to recognize and deal with employment law issues
  • Sexual harassment education - for managers and employees
  • Best practices in employment policies and procedures, including hiring, discipline and termination
  • ADA compliance and coordination with workers compensation and family leave laws
Representative Clients

The following is a list of clients with whom Ms. Carr has a continuing relationship.

  • B&E Industries
  • D.R. Horton
  • Easton-Bell Sports
  • Heritage Capital Corporation
  • Luminant Power Services Company
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
News Releases In the News

  • 3811 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Suite 2000
    Dallas, TX 75219
  • Baylor University, J.D., graduated 1988
  • Baylor University, B.B.A., graduated 1985
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, State Bar of Texas
  • District of Columbia, State Bar of the District of Columbia
  • College of the State Bar of Texas - Member
  • Dallas Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section - Fellow
  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association - Member
  • National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) - Member
  • National Association of Women Lawyers - Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Labor & Employment Section - Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation - Fellow
Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States Tax Court

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Union
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, as published in Texas Monthly (2006-2008, 2014-2023)
  • Recognized, Best Lawyers in America, BL Rankings (2012-2024)
  • Recognized, Best Lawyers in Dallas in Labor & Employment, as published in D Magazine (2011-2019, 2022)
  • Recognized, Best Women Lawyers in Dallas in Labor & Employment, as published in D Magazine (2010)
  • Recognized, AV Preeminent-Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards, Martindale-Hubbell


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