Dallas is unquestionably home to one of the top legal communities in the state, if not the country. And while we don’t like to brag, Estes Thorne & Carr can boast of having three of the area’s best in our ranks.

Combining the diverse experience of Big Law with the uniquely personal approach that is the hallmark of Estes Thorne & Carr, partners Dawn Estes, Abby Ewing and Carol Payne were again selected to the 2023 edition of D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas.

The Best Lawyers in Dallas list is based on extensive review of peer nominations conducted by its editors and a panel of top lawyers. The full listing appears in the magazine’s May issue and can be found online at

One of the most respected commercial litigators in the state, this marks Dawn’s 13th consecutive selection to the annual listing. Her work has also earned D CEO, Best Lawyers in America, Lawdragon 500, and BTI honors, along with recognition from Texas Super Lawyers among the Top 50 Women Lawyers and Top 100 Lawyers in the state.

The respect Abby has earned not only from her peers, but also from her clients was key to her third consecutive selection among the top Family Law attorneys in North Texas. Her work on behalf of single parents, CEOs and entrepreneurs has led to additional impressive honors including Best Lawyers in America, Lawdragon 500, and Texas Super Lawyers recognition.

Businesses and business owners turn to Carol with their important business litigation matters. Carol repeatedly lands among the top commercial litigation lawyers appearing on Best Lawyers in America, Lawdragon 500 and Texas Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Lawyers and Top 100 Lawyers honors. This is her seventh D Magazine selection.

On second thought, maybe we might like to brag a bit. But it’s hard not to sing the praises of Dawn, Abby and Carol. They truly are among the best of Dallas, and beyond.