For the seventh year in a row, Estes Thorne & Carr is being recognized among the nation’s Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America. It’s no surprise that this women-lead law firm continues to be honored year after year. Their commitment to help clients and solve their problems has helped establish their successful track record. Meet some of the attorneys working to help you.

Dawn Estes

Commercial Litigation

Dawn Estes’ practice focuses on trial work, representing a variety of large and mid-sized corporate clients in claims involving a wide range of litigation topics. Her proven ability to manage and resolve sophisticated disputes lands her on many prestigious lists. She is admired by her clients and peers for her courtroom prowess, resulting in one client’s recent remark, “I think Dawn Estes is a tremendous trial lawyer.”
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Jessica Thorne

Family Law

Jessica Thorne has extensive experience in handling family law cases, including divorce, child custody, asset division, property and business valuation, paternity, financial support and many other issues that arise in a family law context. Jessica’s ability to bring a sympathetic yet straightforward approach prompted a client to comment, “I felt so comforted to have Jessica as my attorney.”
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Lori Carr

Labor Law

With over 25 years of experience, Lori Carr is a seasoned attorney, Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She represents employers in all matters arising out of the employment relationship, including litigation defense, investigations, risk management, training, consultation, and representation during government audits. “I really appreciate Lori’s thoroughness and attention to detail,” says one of her long-time clients.
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Carol Payne

Commercial Litigation

Carol Payne’s two decades of commercial litigation experience include representing an array of clients in legal malpractice and professional liability matters and disqualification disputes. She also handles a wide variety of business-related disputes, including real estate matters, lender claims, construction litigation, and energy-related matters. As one client said, “Carol’s my first call,” thus reinforcing her dedication to treating clients’ issues as if they were her own.
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