Estes Thorne & Carr has been selected among the Best Law Firms for 2022 by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America.

Learning of the honor did set off a round of debates in our office …

Is it Better to be Best or Best to be Better?

Do we go to Ruth’s Chris or Morton’s to celebrate?

Would taking out a billboard be just too much?

Why are we one of the best? Is it our client service, our courtroom wins, or the fact that half our attorneys are Best Lawyers?

We may never know for sure, but we do know we have a great firm of fantastic attorneys all with a shared focus.

“Our attorneys are unquestionably among the very best and a big part of that is the congenial spirit of collaboration among the attorneys all working toward providing the best client representation possible,” says Managing Partner Jessica Thorne. “We might earn the honors, but the real winners are the clients.”

We were recognized in eight unique practice areas: commercial litigation, family law, arbitration, construction litigation, legal malpractice defense, labor & employment litigation, employment law/management, and labor union law.

Earlier this year, partners Dawn Estes, Jessica Thorne, Lori Carr, Abby EwingLinda Moore, and Carol Payne, along with associate Stephanie Matherne, were honored by Best Lawyers in America for their individual practices.

Selection for the annual Best Law Firms listing involves client evaluations and practice-specific editorial and peer review. The full 2022 listing can be found at

Congratulations one and all! (Now, about that billboard …)