In a city full of exceptional attorneys, a select few are recognized each year in D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas list. In 2021, that list includes six Estes Thorne & Carr attorneys, an impressive accomplishment for a boutique firm.

Join us in congratulating Dawn EstesKatherine “Katie” AnandLindsay Daye BarbeeTonya JohannsenTerah Moxley, and Carol Payne for their selections.

Among the most respected and honored attorneys in North Texas, this is the 11th time Dawn has been recognized among Dallas’ Best Lawyers by D Magazine. She also has earned repeat placement on the Super Lawyers’ lists of the Top 100 attorneys and Top 50 female attorneys in Texas and in the prestigious Best Lawyers in America legal guide.

Dawn was featured in the April 13, 2021, Texas Lawbook profile “You Should Start a Woman-Owned Law Firm,” which highlighted her role in helping build one of the largest women-owned firms in Texas and the influence she has had on her colleagues. That influence is evident in the sterling slate of firm attorneys who have been chosen among the Best Lawyers in Dallas.

Carol joins Dawn among the top business/commercial litigators selected to the 2021 listing. It is the fifth consecutive year she has been honored.

Tonya and Katie were both recognized for their construction litigation practices. It is the second for Tonya and the first for Katie. Also chosen to Best Lawyers in Dallas for the first time are Lindsay and Terah – Lindsay in recognition of her family law practice and Terah for her labor & employment work.

Katie, Lindsay and Terah each previously earned recognition among D Magazine’s Best Lawyers Under 40, a companion listing to Best Lawyers, focusing on the top young lawyers in Dallas.

D Magazine’s 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