Estes Thorne & Carr Adds Commercial Litigation, Family Law Attorneys

Kerri Panchuk, Shmyla Alam join respected Dallas litigation boutique 

DALLAS – Commercial litigator Kerri Panchuk and family law attorney Shmyla Alam have joined the Dallas firmEstes Thorne & Carr PLLC. 

“Kerri and Shmyla are exceptional attorneys with a proven commitment to client service and finding the best possible solutions for unique situations,” said Dawn Estes. “They come to us with a wealth of professional experiences and insights, so we are very excited they are joining our team.”  

Ms. Panchuk represents businesses, individuals and other professionals in commercial and civil litigation. She also has experience representing real estate agents, brokers, and accountants in the professional liability defense space.  

Prior to graduating from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Ms. Panchuk was a respected business journalist, working with the Dallas Business Journal, as well as real estate industry and legal periodicals. She is a member of the Professional Liability Defense Federation and the Dallas Women Lawyers Association. She joins the firm from Thomson Coe Cousins & Irons, LLP.  

Ms. Alam represents clients in a wide range of family law matters including divorce, custody, child support, adoptions, parental terminations, protective orders and property division, as well as in mediations and appeals.  

She is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, where she earned best advocate recognition while competing with a national moot court championship team. Building on her work as a student volunteer for the Innocence Project of Texas clinic, she began her legal career as an advocate for low-income families and victims of domestic violence.  

She is the co-chair of the Collin County Young Lawyers Section and a member of the Collin County Women Lawyer’s Association. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law and coaches national and traveling moot court teams. She joins the firm from Coker, Robb & Cannon.  


About Estes Thorne & Carr 

Estes Thorne & Carr’s collaborative team of highly experienced attorneys represents clients in business litigation and family law matters, as well as arbitration, construction litigation, labor & employment, legal malpractice defense, and as Texas local counsel. A Women’s Business Enterprise National Council-certified business, Estes Thorne & Carr is among the largest women-owned law firms in the Southwest.